The Fritz Bauer Institute is intensifying its research on the subject of the Nazi »euthanasia« mass killings in Europe during World War II and is focusing in particular on the crimes committed in the German-occupied parts of the Soviet Union. This is made possible thanks to the generosity of Dr. med. Dorothee Freudenberg who is sponsoring the Institute's research activities with one million euros. The Fritz Bauer Institute sincerely thanks Dr. Freudenberg for her support!
In spring 2020, the Dorothee Freudenberg Fund was established. The following was agreed as the purpose of the fund: a) planning and implementing of research projects in the Institute's main research areas, in particular on the history of the Nazi mass killings of the allegedly physically and mentally ›unfit‹ and b) the funding of a visiting scholar from Eastern Europe working on these topics.
The Jürg Breuninger Doctoral Scholarship at the Fritz Bauer Institute is awarded for research projects in the field of the history and impact of National Socialist crimes, in particular the Holocaust. For this, an excellent academic degree in modern and contemporary history (Master’s, Magister or Staatsexamen) with a focus on 20th century German history and experience in dealing with contemporary historical sources are required. The doctoral project will be located at the Chair for Research on the History and Impact of the Holocaust at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, which is affiliated with the Fritz Bauer Institute. The aim of the scholarship is to gain new insights into the history, impact and representations of National Socialist crimes, especially the Holocaust, as well as into Jewish history, and to open up previously unexplored sources.
The Fritz Bauer Institute awards the scholarship in memory of Jürg Breuninger. Jürg Breuninger (May 18, 1943 – February 5, 1998), who was an early researcher on the connection between the history of Jews in Germany and the Holocaust, supported the aims of the Fritz Bauer Institute from the very beginning. In addition, he was involved in the history workshop of the city of Marburg, as well as in the Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation, Pro-Asyl, Aktion Sühnezeichen and other non-profit organizations. He was convinced that it was necessary to deal with the genocide of the Jews in order to counteract new injustices.
The Fritz Bauer Institute awards a postdoctoral research grant in the history and impact of the Holocaust. The prerequisite for the grant is a PhD in modern and/or contemporary history; funding is provided for a period of up to twelve months. A specific written result is required at the end of the funding period, in the form of a scientific essay or research proposal or a Habilitation paper or chapter thereof. Grant recipients are expected to give a public lecture at the Fritz Bauer Institute. The grant is made possible through the generous private support of Christiane and Nicolaus Weickart.
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