Collaborative Research in the Holocaust

Émilie Duranceau and Marina Mayorski examine a set of documents in the USHMM archives for the Winter 2019 iteration of this HistoryLab.

Working with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), this HistoryLab develops digital analytical materials based on the museum’s archives for its online educational programming. Graduate students develop research, critical analysis, and writing skills working in a collaborative, team-based approach to historical research methods and practices. For the the thematic digital collections below, U-M History graduate students selected, analyzed, and contextualized primary sources from the USHMM’s collection.

Read about the genesis of this project in “Rethinking How We Train Historians,” an AHA Perspectives article written by Rita Chin. Other articles cover the project launch and the 2019 class trip to Washington, DC.

Principal Investigators: Rita Chin, Jeffrey Veidlinger

2020 Project Team: Richard Bachmann, Leila Braun, Ryan Glauser, Shourjendra Nath Mukherjee, Matt Villeneuve, Sophie Wunderlich

2019 Project Team: Émilie Duranceau, David Helps, Keanu Heydari, Pragya Kaul, Michael Martin, Marina Mayorski, Paige Newhouse, Gianna May Sanchez, Lediona Shahollari, Chloe Thompson


  • American College Students and the Nazi Threat

    American College Students and the Nazi Threat

    This collection shows some of the ways American college and university students reacted to the Nazi regime, World War II, and the Holocaust. These diverse voices point to a wide range of responses on US campuses, including active opposition to Nazism, disinterest, and even sympathy for certain aspects of the Nazi program.

  • Displaced Persons and Postwar America

    Displaced Persons and Postwar America

    Following World War II and the Holocaust, the United States provided aid to hundreds of thousands of European Displaced Persons (DPs). American organizations also helped many DPs immigrate to the US. These sources reveal DPs’ experiences as they encountered Americans and United States policies. Through documents, correspondence, films, and other materials, this collection examines how…

  • Everyday Encounters with Fascism

    Everyday Encounters with Fascism

    Fascism in Germany, Italy, and elsewhere in Europe was not only reflected in politics. In daily activities—entertainment, commerce, and recreation—citizens were confronted with fascist ideals, images, and symbols. This collection of primary sources explores encounters with fascism in day-to-day life during the 1930s, World War II, and the Holocaust.

  • Nazi Ideals and American Society

    Nazi Ideals and American Society

    This collection shows some of the ways that Americans identified with Nazi ideals during the 1930s and 1940s. Some adopted antisemitic views or even expressed allegiance to the Nazi Party. The sources included here explore the societal conditions that made some Americans receptive to parts of the Nazi program.


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