Marie-Dominique Asselin, a PhD History candidate, has won the very prestigious Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies

Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016

Saul Kagan Fellowships are awarded to outstanding candidates around the world who exhibit strong personal commitment to Shoah memory, demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, and possess the potential to provide outstanding professional leadership that will shape the future of Holcoaust scholarship.  Candidates can be studying the fields of History, Sociology, Jewish Studies, Political Science, Philosophy, Theology, Women’s Studies and others. 

Under the supervision of Dr. Jan Grabowski, Marie-Dominique Asselin’s PhD dissertation looks at the fate of the Polish Jews at the time of the Holocaust, as seen through the prism of court records.  The research will seek answers to the various questions related to the everyday Jewish life and death in the ghettos, as well as to the nature of relationships between the Jewish and the “Aryan” population. No research on the role of the Polish municipal courts in the Final Solution has yet been done. Although the archives of the chosen tribunals are readily available, they have never been an object of historical scrutiny. The research project will look at the role of the Polish justice system in shaping and changing the fate of Jews whose cases were heard by the courts. The study opens up an investigative effort into a new class of Holocaust-related sources and paves the way for other scholars interested in the history of the Shoah.  The massive amount of data to be generated by the research will help us to better understand the fate of the Jews before the onset of the Final Solution and, in many cases, it will enable us to reshape our understanding of choices and challenges faced by the victims. This research project will also allow us to rethink the very concept of “bystanders” in an east-European setting. 

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