Accelerated Development into Adulthood: The Changing Roles of Young Hungarians During the Holocaust
Supervisor: Zoe Waxman
I am a Doctoral candidate in History at Magdalen College, with a specific interest in the history of the Holocaust and its impact on society. Before starting my DPhil, I completed my undergraduate degree in History at the University of Exeter in 2019 and my master’s at Oxford in 2020. My multi-lingual research (in English, French and Hungarian) combines the history of childhood, gender and identity to explore Jewish youth responses to persecution during the Second World War. I am currently focsuing on the experiences of Jewish youth during the Holocaust in Hungary under the supervision of Dr Zoe Waxman.
I have written, published and presented internationally on aspects of the Holocaust across Europe and hold Research Fellowships from the Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the University of Southern California and the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure. I am also committed to having an impact outside the academy; I have been employed as a Communications Officer for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, have organized major outreach conferences for schools at the Universities of Exeter and Oxford, and am joint Postgraduate Representative for the British Association of Holocaust Studies. Furthermore, in support of Holocaust education and commemoration I have led ceremonies, written blog posts, conducted training sessions and spoken to UK national leaders including the Chief Rabbi, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, and Prime Minister.
At Oxford, I convene the Holocaust Studies Reading Group, an informal community of students researching issues relating to the Holocaust that meets four times a term to discuss the latest scholarship and research. In June 2021, I co-convened an international workshop entitled Rallying Europe: Intersectional Approaches To Youth In The Mid-Twentieth Century, and am co-editing a special issue of the European Review of History to publish our proceedings in early 2024. As Academic Officer for the Oxford History Graduate Network, I support students and help provide opportunities for us all to share and disucss our research interests. Outside of the academy, I have also organised an Oxford Events Series for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022, part of the Humanities Cultrual Programme funded by the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the Magdalen College Trust. This series of 7 events with 18 speakers brought together members of the University and members of the public to learn about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance and was atteneded by over 600 people. For the 2021/2 academic year, I am the joint Postgraduate Representative for the British Association of Holocaust Studies, working with Charlie Knight from the University of Southampton to support postgraduate students and organise the annual BAHS Postgraduate Conference.
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