2012–13 L. Dennis and Susan R. Shapiro Fellowship Mr. Michael Geheran
Mr. Michael Geheran is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Holocaust Studies at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University in Massachusetts. He is researching “Betrayed Comradeship: German-Jewish World War I Veterans under Hitler” for his dissertation.
He has published an article entitled, “I am fighting the hardest battle for my Germanness now”: Internal Dialogues of Victor Klemperer,” in Psychology and Society 4 (2011), and has reviewed several books for H-Sozu-Kult, including “The German‐Jewish Soldiers of the First World War in History and Memory,” by Tim Grady, February 2012; and “Militär, Staat und Gesellschaft im 20. Jahrhundert (1890‐1990),” by Bernhard R. Kroener, November 2011.
Mr. Geheran has presented the following papers: “Where are my comrades now?” Jewish war veterans and the crisis of comradeship after 1918,” at the German Studies Association 36th Annual Conference, in Milwaukee, October 2012; “From Iron Cross to Judenstern: Jewish War Veterans in Hitler’s Volksgemeinschaft,” Military Frontiers: A Graduate Symposium at OSU, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State University, May 2011; “Betrayed Comradeship: German‐Jewish WWI Veterans and the Holocaust,” Lessons and Legacies XI, Boca Raton, November 2010; ““I am fighting the hardest battle for my Germanness now”: Internal Dialogues of Victor Klemperer,” 6th International Conference on the Dialogical Self, Athens, Greece, October 2010; “Stabbed in the Back: German‐Jewish WWI Veterans under Hitler,” 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, Virginia Military Institute, May 2010; and Military Necessity or Genocidal Warfare? The German Military in Belgium and Anatolia, 1914‐1915,” Clark Graduate Multidisciplinary Conference, Clark University, April 2010. His language skills include German and French.
He has been the recipient of several fellowships, including a GHI Doctoral Fellowship from the German Historical Institute, a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship from 2011-2012, and a Leo Baeck Institute/DAAD Research Grant in 2010. He served as a Faculty Advisor for the Clark University Historical Society from 2010-2011 and as a conference panel commentator for “Conflict and Adaption” at the 6th International Conference on the Dialogical Self in Athens, Greece. October 2010.
Mr. Geheran was a teaching assistant for “Writing History,” (Professor Nina Kushner) at Clark University, Spring 2011; “History of Armenia” (Professor Taner Akçam), Clark University, Fall 2010, and for “Nazi Germany and the Holocaust” (Professor Thomas Kühne), Clark University, Spring 2010.
For his L. Dennis and Susan R. Shapiro Fellowship, Mr. Geheran will research the fate of German-Jewish war veterans in Nazi concentration camps and ghettos.