Research Projects

Dealing with the Past:

Memories of National Socialism, World War II and the Holocaust in Great Britain (an oral history project).

PhD-Student: Thomas McKay, Supervisors: Dr Olaf Jensen; Mr Martin L. Davies.
The project will investigate how images of the Second World War and the Holocaust are transmitted within British families. We aim to conduct interviews with contemporary witnesses of the Second World War, their children and grandchildren, as well as conducting group discussions with members of different age groups. The aim is to provide insights into how the Second World War is portrayed and interpreted in British families. Of particular interest is the tradition of images and opinions as well as the question how this relates to the more cognitive historical knowledge as it is taught in schools.

Completed in May 2012. The PhD thesis: 'A multi-generational oral history study considering English collective memory of the Second World War and Holocaust' can be accessed at the Charles Wilson Library or the SBC.

The Russian view on the Shoah:

Official remembrance versus individual memory of the Holocaust in contemporary Russia.

PhD-Student: Christina Winkler, Supervisors: Dr Olaf Jensen; Dr Zoe Knox.

The Holocaust in British Popular Culture:

Interpretations of Recent Feature Films.

PhD-Student: Stefanie Rauch, Supervisors: Dr Olaf Jensen; Prof James Chapman (Director of Film Studies).

Postwar Theatrical Images of Anne Frank in Britain, United States and France

PhD-Student Anna Scanlon, Supervisors: Dr Olaf Jensen; Fransiska Louwagie

The influence of the Holocaust on British anti-fascism, 1945-67.

PhD student: Josh Cohen. Supervisors: Dr Paul Moore; Dr Sally Horrocks.

In 1945, cinema-goers could watch newsreel images of Nazi concentration camps - to be confronted outside by fascist speakers claiming that, “not enough Jews were burned at Belsen.” This study explores why and how anti-fascist movements tackled resurgent post-war fascism. It will include a structural history of anti-fascist organisations, alongside life histories that reveal the complicating details of personal motivations for fighting back. The study will assess the relative impact of the Holocaust, Jewish ethnic particularism, state responses and left-wing ideology in shaping anti-fascist discourse, tactics and appeal. The period 1945-67, ending with the formation of the National Front, will be treated for the first time with a focus on Holocaust remembrance.

Several historians claim that Britain in 1945 experienced a national anti-fascist consensus, built on what was known about the Nazi genocide, alongside Britain’s wartime experience. It will be interesting, therefore, to investigate the extent to which anti-fascists invoked the Holocaust in their attempts to defeat post-war fascism. And, if Holocaust remembrance was not utilised - or actively suppressed - by anti-fascists, what were the reasons for this?

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