Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship

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.

Fellowship Components

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.

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 Archives at JFCS to engage in a rigorous examination of topics. The syllabus includes the following topics:

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

Program Highlights

Group Seminars: Fellows meet twice monthly at the JFCS Holocaust Center 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 community 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 footage from the USC Shoah Foundation.

Advocating for Genocide Awareness: Throughout April, fellows develop a lesson plan, learn teaching skills, and go into their communities to educate their peers 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 Holocaust Library developing, researching, and writing several projects, as well as a thesis that will be available to the Bay Area community.

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.

Meeting Times

The Fellowship runs November through June. 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.

Stipend for Fellows

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.