2005–06 Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow Mr. Frank Jehoshua Pierce
Mr. Frank Jehoshua Pierce received an M.A. and a B.A. in history and Jewish studies from the Free University of Berlin. During his fellowship at the Museum, he was a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Freiburg, Germany. For his Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship for Archival Research, Mr. Pierce conducted research on “The Jews of Alsace, 1920-1960: A French-Jewish Anomaly.”
Before enrolling in his Ph.D. program, Mr. Pierce worked in Europe for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, helping to locate archives and documents relating to Jewish responses to the Holocaust. As part of this effort, the Museum collected thousands of documents on Jewish life in Germany during the war. Previously, Mr. Pierce worked as a researcher for Yad Vashem and helped identify archival collections in Europe on antisemitism in Germany from 1930-1945.
During his residency at the Center, Mr. Pierce examined the Museum’s archival collections on the Strasbourg Jewish community. He focused on the period from 1930 until 1945 and explored the ways in which the integration of east European Jews into France was a major cause of friction between Jewish and non-Jewish communities.