Anne-Christin Klotz

Anne-Christin Klotz

Holocaust Studies

History of the Holocaust and National Socialism
Eastern European (Jewish) History
History of Knowledge
Yiddish Literature and Culture
Transnational History
Migration Studies


Personal website: Anne-Christin Klotz

Current Projects: 

I am a productive scholar of 19th and 20th century Central and Eastern European History with an emphasis on transnational and interdisciplinary approaches. In my research I combine the theories and methods of Holocaust studies, communication studies, History of Knowledge and migration studies with German, Jewish, Polish and Global History. I am currently preparing a source edition on Yiddish travelogues through Nazi Germany, which will be published by Yad Vashem in 2022. Additionally, I am working on a new book project, where I examine the role, function and networks of Eastern European Jewish landsmanshaftn (hometown associations) as a means of migrant self-help during and after the Shoah. This transnational study connects populations in regions and countries spanning from Eastern Europe to Western Europe and North America, as well as from Latin America to Israel. My dissertation on the Yiddish press of Warsaw and its struggle against Nazi Germany during the 1930s and early 1940s was published as a book with De Gruyter in October 2021.

Curriculm Vitae 

Appointed Positions

  • since 2022             Postdoctoral Fellow
    Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • 2021-2022             Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Migration
    Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley & German Historical Institute Washington, Pacific Regional Office

Professional Positions

  • 2020-2021             Doctoral Research Assistant
    Leibniz-Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, Leipzig

  • 2015-2018             Doctoral Research Assistant
    Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin

  • 2011-2015             Student Research Assistant
    16 vol. document collection “The Persecution and Murder of the European Jews by Nazi Germany, 1933-1945” at the Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin, Berlin

  • 2010-2011             Freelance Educator
    Foundation Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin

  • 2006-2007             Volunteer
    Memorial Site of Stutthof, Pedagogical Department, Sztutowo, Poland

Fellowships and Grants (selection)

  • 2022             Association for Jewish Studies, AJS Contingent Faculty and Independent Scholars Grant

  • 2021             Szloma-Albam-Foundation, Grant for an Open-Access publication for the book “Gemeinsam gegen Deutschland. Warschaus jiddische Presse im Kampf gegen den Nationalsozialismus (1930-1941), De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston 2022 ”

  • 2018-2020    Conference for Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Holocaust Studies

  • 2019             Free University Berlin, Fund for Female Researchers, Graduate Travel Grant for a research trip to Israel

  • 2018             Yad Vashem, Research Fellowship for PhD candidates, Israel

  • 2018             German Historical Institute Warsaw, Research Fellowship, Poland



  • 2015-2021             PhD, Free University Berlin: Modern History

  • 2011-2014             Master of Arts, Free University Berlin: Eastern European Studies

  • 2007-2011             Bachelor of Arts, Free University Berlin: History and Jewish Studies

Service for the Community (selection)

  • 2022          Unit Chair, UC Berkeley, The Union of Postdocs and Academic Researchers

  • 2022          Co-Organizer (together with Robin Buller and Wolf Gruner), “Knowledge on the Move: Information Networks during and after the Holocaust“, Workshop of the USC Shoah Foundation, UC Berkeley & German Historical Institute Washington, April, 4-5 2022, Los Angeles

  • 2020          Co-Organizer (together with Jan Gerber, Felix Pankonin and Jakob Stürmann), “Messages in a Bottle, The Migration of Texts”, Annual Conference of the Leibniz-Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, December, 3-4 2020, online

  • 2007-2011 Organization and execution of numerous seminars at different museums and memorials such as Stutthof and Majdanek (both Poland) for the NGO Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste

  • 2012-2014 Fundraising and Co-Creator of the brochure “From Kyiv with Love - Queer Lifeworlds in the Ukraine” & Organization of a panel discussion with activists from Kyiv on LGBT rights in the Ukraine

  • 2006-2007 Support and care for Jewish and Catholic Holocaust survivors in Gdańsk, Poland, for the NGO Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste



Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • “Jewish Laughter and Jewish Tears: The (Self-)perception of Jews in Poland and Germany and the Reflection on the Rise of Fascism and Antisemitism in Cartoons, Jokes and other Forms of Humor in the Yiddish Press of Poland during the 1930s,” Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, vol. 37, 2022 (forthcoming). 

  • “The Warsaw Yiddish Press and their Struggle Against the Persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany, 1933-1935,” Gal-Ed: On the History and Culture of Polish Jewry, vol. 26-27 (2021), 103-130.

Articles in Edited Volumes

  • “A briv fun Daytshland: Die jüdischen Deutschlandkorrespondenten. Berichterstattung und Repression um 1933,” Schriftenreihe wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen des Leo Baeck Instituts, 2022 (in print).

  • “Reiseberichte vom Rand des Abgrunds – Der polnisch-jüdische Schriftsteller Leib Malakh unterwegs im Berlin des Jahres 1936”, Jahrbuch Selma Stern Zentrum für Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg, vol. 3 (2019), 31-46.

  • “Journalism as a Weapon: Polish-Jewish Journalists from Warsaw and the Production of Knowledge during Hitler’s Rise to Power in 1933 and the November Pogroms in 1938”, The Jewish Role in American Life, Annual Review, vol. 17 (2019), 115-148.

Chapters in Books

  • “’Schmeiß ich halt Mülltonnen’ – Über die Nicht-Akzeptanz des Status quo in den deutschen Geisteswissenschaften”, in Anschlüsse an Rebecca Ardners „Affirmation der Kritik“, ed. by Marius Hanft, Judith Sieber and Lotte Warnsholdt, Katzbach Verlag, Hamburg 2020, 205-230.

  • “Suchendes Verstehen. Holocaust und Gender Studies” (together with Tamara Jurewicz, Magdalena Kopeć and Stefanie Mürbe), in Frauen und der Holocaust. Geschichte Jahrzehnte später erzählt, ed. by Stiftung für die Internationale Jugendbegegnungstätte in Oświęcim/Auschwitz, Oświęcim 2011, 21-29. [Polish Version: W poszukiwaniu zrozumienia. Holokaust i gender studies, in Kobiety wobec Holokaustu. Historia znacznie później opowiedziana, ed. by Fundacja na Rzecz Międzynarodowego Domu Spotkań Młodzieży, Oświęcim 2011.]

Book Reviews

Other Publications


  • 2022    University of Texas (Dallas), panel presenter, “Integrating Eastern Perspectives into the Western Gaze: The Case of Polish-Jewish Journalists and their early efforts to document and inform the Western World about the destruction of Polish Jewry”, Conference “Expanding Perspectives of the Holocaust”, Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies

  • 2022    UC Berkeley (Berkeley), guest lecture, “Letters from the Abyss: Jewish Travelogues on Jewish life in Nazi Germany in the Yiddish press of Warsaw”, Center for Jewish Studies

  • 2022    University of Southern California (Los Angeles), panel presenter, „A helping Hand: The United Nashelsker Relief Society of Los Angeles and the Resettlement of Holocaust Survivors from Polish Nashelsk in Israel, 1945-1950“, Conference „Knowledge on the Move: Information Networks during and after the Holocaust“, USC Shoah Foundation & German Historical Institute Washington

  • 2021    German Historical Institute Washington (online), workshop presenter, “Yiddish-speaking Travelogues and Eyewitness Accounts on Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (1930-1939)“, Internal Research Fellows Symposium

  • 2021    Saul Kagan Fellowship (online), lecture, „Dlaczego opuścił Niemcy?“ – The Work of the Jewish Aid Committee for Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in Kraków between 1933 and 1935”, Alumni-Conference

  • 2020    Leibniz-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur – Simon Dubnow (online), panel moderator, “Re-Calling the Days that were entirely Night. Distant Readings of Rachel Auerbachs Yizkor“, Annual Conference “Message in a Bottle. The Migration of Texts”

  • 2020    Leibniz-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und Kultur – Simon Dubnow (Leipzig), workshop presenter, “Vergangene Zukunft. Isaac und Tamara Deutscher und die Transformation jüdisch-marxistischen Denkens während und nach dem Holocaust in Westeuropa“, Research Fellow Symposium

  • 2020    Saul Kagan Fellowship (online), PhD project presentation, Saul Kagan Fellow Summer Workshop

  • 2019    Universität Bremen (Bremen), lecture, “The Warsaw Yiddish Press and its Jewish Correspondents in Berlin around 1933: Biographies, Networks, Press Coverage and Incipient Persecution” Conference on “The Historical German Jewish Press as Interface. Platform, Mouthpiece, and Sources of Current Research Programmes”

  • 2019    Yad Vashem (Jerusalem), PhD project presentation, Saul Kagan Fellow Summer Workshop