Graduate Students and Prospective Graduate Students Invited to Apply for Summer Munich International Seminar

Photo of Dachau liberation Dachau Concentration Camp liberation; Photo Courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives

Graduate students and prospective graduate students have until Friday, March 1, 2013 to apply for the Munich International Seminar at Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) and the Institute for Contemporary History.

This summer program (August 3-17, 2013) will bring North American graduate students and prospective graduate students to Munich, Germany, in order to introduce them to major archives, teach them how to utilize German sources, develop or improve their German language skills, and give them the opportunity to meet with European faculty and students working in the field of Holocaust studies.

During their 2 week stay in Munich, students will obtain special access to five local archives: the Munich City Archive, the Bavarian State Archive, the Institute for Contemporary History Archive, the Deutsches Museum ArGchive, and the Siemens Archive. Representatives of the Bundesarchiv-Ludwigsburg, and the International Tracing Service Archive in Bad Arolsen will travel to Munich to meet with participants.

Research and discussion of the material will be guided by leading scholars of the Holocaust and Nazi Germany including CMC's Wendy Lower (the John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow), as well as scholars Christopher Browning, Wolf Gruner, Andrea Loew, Juergen Matthaeus, Hans Mommsen, Dieter Pohl, Susanna Schrafstetter, Alan Steinweis, and Andreas Wirsching.

This seminar will commence with a keynote address by Christopher Browning.
The program will also feature excursions to Obersalzburg, Nuremberg, and Dachau Concentration Camp. Participants will conduct interviews with German witnesses and visit historically-related sites in Munich.

Ideal participants will be graduate students in North American universities who are researching topics related to Holocaust history, with preference given to those who express a need to visit German archives to complete their dissertations. Those who are considering graduate programs and have an outstanding undergraduate record of studying the Holocaust and conducting primary research also are encouraged to apply.


• Academic Transcript

• Statement of research interests and goals (2-3 pages)

• One letter of recommendation

• Resume of applicant

All inquiries and application materials should be directed to: Wendy Lower,, Claremont McKenna College, 850 Columbia Ave., Claremont, CA 91711-6420.

Language and Instruction:

English and German (interpreters will be present)


• Research and archives seminar: Aug. 2-3, Aug. 17, 2013

• Also recommended: intensive German language course, July 2013

Possible Credits:

• One full course credit: Holocaust Research Seminar, granted by Ludwig Maximilians University
• One full course credit: German language instruction


• Student participants will not pay tuition for the August seminar. The optional language course in July will not be covered, but arrangements for the course will be made on behalf of the student.

• Travel and accommodation will be covered for all participants in the research seminar

Program Sponsors:

Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ), Munich, and Claremont McKenna College (CMC), USA