Jacqueline Adams, Professor

Closed (1) Fleeing from Genocide: Jewish Refugees' Flight from Nazi Persecution and the Holocaust.

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

Speakers of German, Dutch, or eastern European languages needed:

Beginning in the 1930s, large numbers of Jews tried to escape Nazi persecution by fleeing to a safe haven. One of their escape routes was via Spain. Many travelled on foot from France across the Pyrenees mountains, with the help of hired guides, although some arrived by train or plane. Large numbers were put in jail or temporarily or interned in a Spanish concentration camp upon arrival. I am working on a book that tells the story of their crossing over into Spain, and of their sojourn. The URAP students, who will include both students who speak only English and students who have excellent reading and oral comprehension skills in other languages (the most useful for the project being Polish, Dutch, Hungarian, German, and Hebrew) will perform several research tasks. They will work with me with me analyzing refugees' testimonies in the form of interviews, accounts, diaries, letters, art, and photographs. They will help me access testimonies in languages that I do not speak well. They will help me find relevant materials in the online catalogue (in Hebrew) in Jerusalem. They will collect photographs of the refugees in Spain. Lastly, they will help me find testimonies by the mountain guides and other people working in a clandestine fashion to help the refugees recover from their journey and reach Barcelona or another city in Spain.


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Students will learn about how social science research is conducted. Because the project is in its early stages, they will gain experience with a wide range of research practices. There will be more than one student working on the project and please note that for some roles foreign languages are not required. Students will:

1) Code refugees' diaries, personal letters, accounts, interviews, paintings, and photographs, as well as official correspondence and documents produced and received by relief agencies that helped the refugees in Spain. In performing this work, students will gain skills in data analysis and learn how to search for and access data in archives.

2) Help me find photos of the refugees in Spain.

3) Help me find relevant materials in a Jerusalem archive whose catalogue is partly in Hebrew.

4) Translate a young adult refugee's diary written in Hungarian and diaries and letters written in German and Dutch, and help me transcribing interviews with refugees and with those who helped them. In doing this work, students will learn how to access and use primary sources, learn about the experiences of refugees fleeing persecution, and improve their writing and translation skills.

5) Read published articles on refugees and on those who help them, coding them and summarizing their key points and entering them into the Mendeley bibliographical database. In so doing, students will learn about refugees, about people who help refugees cross over into safe havens, and about the ways in which Spanish policy toward Jewish refugees was influenced by Hitler and by other foreign powers. Students will also learn how and why researchers use software to manage bibliographical references.




Qualifications: Students will need to be able to work independently while touching base once a week with myself and the other URAP students involved. Not all students require a foreign language, but at least one student will be have excellent reading skills in Hungarian, German, Dutch, Polish, or Hebrew. There are interviews, young adult diaries, and letters in these languages (but also in English).

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs