Jacqueline Adams, Project Scientist

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

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

Beginning in 1933, large numbers of Jews tried to escape Nazi persecution by fleeing first to France and then to countries outside Europe. One of their escape routes from France passed through Spain and Portugal. Refugees who chose this route travelled for the most part on foot across the Pyrenees mountains that separate France from Spain, with the help of mountain guides. Soon after their arrival in Spain, many were put in jail or in a Spanish detention camp. I am working on articles and a book that tell the story of these refugees' escape from France into Spain and of their sojourn in Spain. Research apprentices will gain experience finding and accessing data, including letters, diaries, unpublished memoirs, and oral history interviews. They will be working with historical documents in archives in the U.S., Europe, and Israel. They will also learn the basics of how we analyze data using MAXQDA software. Students will also build up a newly created digital history project, using some of the materials that we collect.

I am seeking URAP apprentices who speak only English, as well as apprentices who have no difficulty reading Hebrew, German, French, and other European languages. If you speak a foreign language, please state the level to which you speak it.

Please see above.
Students will learn how we collect data from archives. 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) Search for relevant materials in a Jerusalem archive whose catalogue is partly in Hebrew.

2) Translate a young adult refugee's diary written in Hungarian and diaries and letters written in German and Dutch.

3) 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.

4) Students will learn the basics of data analysis. They will also learn how researchers can use software to help with data analysis and to manage bibliographical references.

5) Students may contact archives in order to learn what they require in order to authorize the use of different kinds of materials that they hold.

6) Students will learn what a digital history project is and contribute to a new digital history project on the research.


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

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs