2003–04 Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow Mr. Stephen Connor
Mr. Stephen Connor earned an M.A. in history with a specialization in the history of fascism and twentieth-century international relations from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and a B.A. with honors in history from the University of Windsor in Ontario. During his fellowship at the Museum, he was a Ph.D. candidate in history at Wilfrid Laurier University. For his Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship for Archival Research, Mr. Connor researched the “German Civil Administration in the Occupied Soviet Union, 1941-1944.”
Mr. Connor has received a number of awards in recognition of his exceptional scholarly work including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Fellowship; Ontario Graduate Scholarships; and Wilfrid Laurier University’s President’s Scholarship, Graduate Scholarship, and Incentive Scholarship. Mr. Connor has presented his research at several academic conferences and has worked both as academic staff and as a graduate teaching assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University.
While in residence at the Center, Mr. Connor researched the nature of German civil administration in the occupied territories of the Soviet Union between 1941 and 1944, concentrating specifically on the role of the District Commissars (Gebietkimmissare) in implementing German occupation policies on the local level. This careful investigation of local officials working within the administrative and ideological context of Nazi occupation policy contributed to the field of Holocaust studies by analyzing the nature and dynamic of Nazi genocide from a regional perspective.