Anne-Christin Klotz

Tandem Visiting Fellow

Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute Washington
Institute of European Studies | University of California, Berkeley | 249 Moses Hall | Berkeley, CA 94720-2316

Biographical Summary

Anne-Christin Klotz joined the GHI as a postdoctoral research fellow in Migration Studies in Berkeley in September 2021. Her main fields of interest are the history of Knowledge, the Holocaust and National Socialism, as well as Polish-Jewish History and Culture with emphasis on Yiddish literature and culture. She wrote her PhD thesis on the Warsaw Yiddish press and the struggle of its journalists and editors against the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany from the moment of Hitler’s rise to power in January 1933 up to the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and the early 1940s. She received her PhD in Modern History from the Free University Berlin in 2021. For her research she was awarded numerous scholarships and grants like the Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Holocaust Studies by the Jewish Claims Conference and scholarships by Yad Vashem and the German Historical InstituteWarsaw.

She has worked as a research assistant at the Selma-Stern-Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg (2015–2018) and the Leibniz-Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow (2020-2021). Before her doctoral studies she has volunteered for the German NGO Action Reconciliation Service for Peace in the educational department at the Holocaust memorial site Stutthof (Sztutowo, Poland) and worked as a junior research fellow in the document collection project The Persecution and Extermination of the European Jews by Nazi Germany, 1933–1945 at the Institute for Contemporary History, Berlin (2011-2015).

She is currently preparing a source edition on Yiddish travelogues through Nazi Germany, which will be published by Yad Vashem in 2022. Additionally, she is working on a new research project, where she examines the role, function and networks of immigrant Polish-Jewish landsmanshaftn (hometown associations) during and after the Shoah. This transnational study connects populations in regions and countries spanning from Poland to North America, and from Latin America to Israel.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Modern Polish & German-Jewish History and Culture
  • Modern German and Polish History
  • History of the Holocaust and National Socialism
  • History of Knowledge
  • Yiddish Literature and Culture
  • Transnational History