Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship

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Available only through JFCS, the Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship offers high school students in grades 11 and 12 a rare opportunity to study the Holocaust and patterns of genocide at the college level. Each year, 9 fellows are selected to conduct in-depth research into the nature of the Holocaust and patterns of genocide and to gain the skills that will allow them to serve as effective advocates for strengthening community in Northern California.

The seven-month fellowship emphasizes experiential learning. Participants hear from local Holocaust survivors, pursue research on topics of their choice, teach their peers, and learn to be advocates in their communities. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, students are credited with up to 40 hours of community service.

The Manovill Fellowship is named in memory of Lilly Manovill z”l, who courageously helped fellow Jews from the Budapest ghetto escape and survive. Lilly had a passion for research and supporting the community.

Standing Up to Hate

Watch this video to see how the Manovill Fellowship and other educational programs are inspiring our next generation to stand up against racism, discrimination, and antisemitism.

For questions or additional information, please contact Morgan Blum Schneider, Director, at [email protected].

The Syllabus

The Manovill Fellowship encourages reading, discussion, Socratic questioning, and small group conversations with Holocaust and genocide survivors. Community engagement and academic scholarship are key elements of the Manovill Fellowship curriculum.

Fellows will increase their knowledge and understanding of the history of the Holocaust, European Jewish history and culture, and the patterns of modern genocide. Fellows will grow their understanding and sensitivity to gender, racial hierarchy, power, and international law in relation to the Holocaust in Genocide Studies.

Seminars will explore the following topics through the Holocaust and different cases of genocide:

• Race and Eugenics
• Propaganda, Discrimination, and Dehumanization
• Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Bystanders
• Gender and Genocide
• Modern Day Antisemitism
• Genocide Denial
• Human rights abuses and genocide of Native Americans, Australian aborigines, and Armenians
• The persecution and extermination of ethnic minorities in Rwanda, Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia, and Darfur

Fellowship Components

Group Seminars: Fellows meet virtually twice monthly through Zoom. Seminars are led by the Director of the JFCS Holocaust Center and feature guest speakers and Holocaust survivors.

Enhanced Media Literacy: Fellows will enhance their media literacy by working with the USC Shoah Foundation’s iWitness program. Through this project, students learn the value of Holocaust or genocide survivors’ oral history testimony in the study of history and the importance of bearing witness.

Advocating for Genocide Awareness: Fellows develop a lesson plan, learn teaching skills, and virtually go into their communities to educate their peers about the patterns of genocide.

Projects and Thesis: Under the supervision of the Director of the JFCS Holocaust Center, fellows work closely with Holocaust Center staff to virtually access the Tauber Holocaust Library developing, researching, and writing several projects, as well as a thesis that will be available to the Bay Area community.

Directed Readings and Study: Throughout the semester, fellows respond to literature, music, art, and film in writing and multimedia formats and use social media to discuss and debate topics.

Meeting Times

The Fellowship runs December through June. Fellows meet for virtual group seminars two Tuesdays a month, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, on Zoom. Seminar attendance is mandatory.

Stipend for Fellows

The Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship is generously underwritten by the Lilly Manovill Endrei Education Fund at JFCS, and there is no charge for participants. Fellows earn a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the program, and are credited with up to 40 hours of community service.

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