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A public lecture by Clara Dijkstra (PhD candidate in History, University of Cambridge, Christ’s College)
2023-2024 USC Shoah Foundation Robert J. Katz Research Fellow in Genocide Studies

 

Organized by the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research and the USC Shoah Foundation

 

Between 1940 and 1946, approximately 500,000 Jews and Roma were imprisoned in internment and detention camps in France. In this lecture, Clara Dijkstra will share her research on the ‘entangled experiences’ of Jewish and Roma families in the French camps of Drancy, Poitiers and Montreuil-Bellay. Telling the intertwined history of the internment of Jews and Roma in France raises a number of methodological challenges, including issues of hierarchy, competitive victimhood, and disparity of sources for studying the experiences of both groups. Ms. Dijkstra will discuss how she approaches these in her work and how the Holocaust survivor testimonies in the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive reflect these challenges and inform her research.

 

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Clara Dijkstra is a third-year PhD student in History at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge. She was awarded the USC Shoah Foundation Robert J. Katz Research Fellowship in Genocide Studies for the 2023-2024 academic year. Her research, titled ‘The internment of the family: Jews and Roma in Drancy, Poitiers and Montreuil-Bellay, 1939-1946’ is supported by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Program and the J.H. Plumb studentship at Christ’s College and is conducted as part of the Collaborative Doctoral Award titled ‘The Romani Holocaust and its Aftermath: Gendered Perspectives’, in partnership with The Wiener Holocaust Library in London. After her fellowship at the Center and USC Shoah Foundation, she will go on to complete a junior fellowship at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. Read more about Clara Dijkstra here.

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