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Mr. Alexander Korb

Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow
"Intertwined Genocides? Violence against Serbs, Jews, and Roma in the Independent State of Croatia, 1941-45"

Professional Background

Mr. Alexander Korb received an M.A. in modern and medieval history and gender studies from the Technische Universitaet Berlin. During his fellowship at the Museum, he was a Ph.D. candidate in history at Humboldt University of Berlin. For his Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship for Archival Research, Mr. Korb conducted research for his project “Intertwined Genocides? Violence against Serbs, Jews, and Roma in the Independent State of Croatia, 1941-45.”

Mr. Korb is the author of numerous scholarly articles including three on Sachsenhausen which will be published in the Center’s Encyclopedia of Nazi Camps, Ghettos, and Other Internment Sites. He has also published articles on East European, Baltic, and former Yugoslavian subjects in Swiss and German newspapers. Mr. Korb is the recipient of the Future Capital Award of the European Commission, the 20th July, 1944 Foundation, doctoral scholarships from the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Culture as well as from the German National Merit Foundation, and a teacher assistantship in Interdisciplinary Holocaust Studies at Johann W. Goethe University. He is a former staff member of the House of the Wannsee Conference Memorial Site and has held internships at the International Archival Programs Division, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; the Ravensbrueck Memorial Site; and the Fritz Bauer Institute where he transcribed proceedings from the Frankfurt Auschwitz trial. Mr. Korb’s knowledge of Czech, Serbo-Croat, Russian, Polish, German, and French provide him with unique access to rich original source materials including the Museum’s extensive 900-reel collection on the Holocaust in Croatia.

Fellowship Research

During his tenure at the Center Mr. Korb completed ground-breaking research. Currently, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are the only European countries without extensive English-language Holocaust histories. He examined the fate of the Jewish-Croatian community, but also sought to understand the internal dynamic and exact constellation for the simultaneous persecution of Jews, Serbs, and Roma. His research explored the policy of persecution of the Ustasa in the context of the German and Italian occupation of the country. In addition to canvassing archival materials, Mr. Korb examined survivor testimonies, oral histories, and photographs.

Mr. Korb was in residence at the Mandel Center from January 1 to August 31, 2007.