Available only through JFCS, the Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship 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 respect in the Bay Area.
The eight-month 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.
A school year 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.
• Research in the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives: Over the course of the year, fellows conduct research using both primary and secondary sources. They write a college-level thesis, on a topic of their choice.
• 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 Holocaust Library, conduct research, participate in community events, and work on their thesis project.