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Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship

Available only through JFCS, the Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship (MHHF) offers high school students a rare opportunity to study the Holocaust at the college level. Each year, eight fellows are selected to conduct in-depth research into the nature of the Holocaust and other genocides and to gain the skills that will allow them to serve as effective advocates for strengthening tolerance in the Bay Area.

The fellowship emphasizes experiential learning. Participants hear from local Holocaust survivors, pursue research on a topic of their choice, teach their peers, and participate in community events. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, students are credited with up to 60 hours of community service.

Fellowship Components

A semester as a fellow includes:

Connections with local Holocaust survivors: Fellows have the opportunity to learn firsthand from those who fled Germany, Poland, and other Nazi-occupied countries, and survived concentration camps, such as Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen, before starting new lives in the Bay Area.

Tauber Library research: Fellows select a related topic to study and use both primary and secondary sources.

Promotion of education and tolerance: The Bay Area is home to many groups that sponsor genocide-related lectures, films, and organized lobbying activities. Fellows enhance their understanding of the value of remembrance, the importance of Holocaust education, and the connection between the Holocaust and current genocides by teaching their peers and participating in these events.

Flexible schedules: Fellows lead busy lives: school, sports, clubs, homework, and other activities. The fellowship allows participants to choose when they want to work in the Tauber Library, conduct research, participate in community events, and work on their thesis project.

The Syllabus

An in-depth study of the Holocaust and the patterns of genocide challenges fellows to think critically and to consider their responsibility as citizens in a rapidly changing, complex world. Fellows use resources of the Tauber Holocaust Library and Education Program at JFCS to engage in a rigorous examination of topics. The syllabus includes the following topics:

• Flight and refuge;
• Eugenics and propaganda
• Life in the ghettos
• The Final Solution
• The perpetrators
• Rescue and resistance
• Patterns of genocide
• Human rights abuses against and genocide of Native Americans, Australian aborigines, and Armenians
• The persecution and extermination of ethnic minorities in Rwanda, Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia, and Darfur

Details and Logistics

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

Group Seminars: Fellows meet twice monthly at JFCS to participate in seminars that are led by the Director of Holocaust Education and that feature guest speakers and Holocaust survivors.

Cultural and Commemorative Events: Fellows attend at least three events to learn the value of remembrance, the importance of Holocaust awareness, and the connections between the Holocaust and current genocides.

Film Project: Fellows will learn about the significance of oral history and create their own film projects incorporating film foortage from the USC Shoah Foundation.

Advocating for Genocide Awareness: Throughout April, fellows develop a lesson plan, learn teaching skills, and go into their communities (such as schools and civic groups) to educate them about the patterns of genocide.

Projects and Thesis: Under the supervision of the Director of Holocaust Education, fellows spend four hours monthly in the Tauber Library developing, researching, and writing several projects, as well as a thesis that will be available to the Bay Area community.

Meeting Times

The Fellowship runs November 2014 – June 2015. Fellows meet for group seminars two Mondays a month, 4:30 – 7:00 pm, at the JFCS Holocaust Center in San Francisco, 2245 Post Street. Seminar attendance is mandatory.

Fees and Other Costs

The Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship is generously underwritten by the Lilly Manovill Endrei Education Fund at JFCS, and there is no charge for participants. JFCS also covers travel expenses by public transportation for seminars and research hours. Fellows earn a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the program, and are credited with up to 60 hours of community service.


The Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship is generously underwritten by the Lilly Manovill Endrei Education Fund.


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Morgan Blum, Director of Education, JFCS Holocaust Center;; 415-449-1289

Application Process

All interested high school juniors and seniors throughout the Bay Area are encouraged to apply. Please complete the request an application form. For questions, email Morgan Blum, Applications due October 20, 2014.

Personal interviews will take place on a rolling basis for selected applicants, and final applicant decisions will be announced by the end of November. 

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