"Ghetto Society: Survival Strategies of Austrian Jews in the Ghettos of the Lublin and Radom District in the Generalgouvernement Area of Poland, 1941-1945"
Mr. Walter Manoschek is currently Associate Professor of Political Science at the Department of Government at the University of Vienna (Austria). He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Vienna in Austria. As the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Fellow for Research in the International Tracing Service Archive, at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Mr. Manoschek will be conducting research for his project “Ghetto Society: Survival Strategies of Austrian Jews in the Ghettos of the Lublin and Radom District in the Generalgouvernement Area of Poland, 1941-1945.”
Mr. Manoschek is the author of several monographs, including, Serbien ist judenfei!“ Militärische Besatzungspolitik und Judenvernichtung in Serbien 1941/42 (1993) which was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in 1992, and Dann bin ich ja ein Mörder! (2015), which was awarded Book of the Month by the University of Vienna in 2016. From 1995 to 1999, he was one of the designers and organizers of the groundbreaking exhibition “War of Annihilation. Crimes of the Wehrmacht 1941-1944” (Vernichtungskrieg. Verbrechen der Wehrmacht 1941-1944) produced by the Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung. In 2003 he, together with a research team, published a voluminous 900 page anthology about Austrian deserters in the Wehrmacht, which was named a standard work by the German weekly magazine “Die Zeit”. From 2008 till 2012 he produced and directed a documentary called “If That´s So, Then I´m a Murderer!”. The film had it´s world premier at the Viennale Film Festival in 2012 where it won the Prize of Recognition of the City of Vienna. Until now the film was shown in several German and Austrian broadcasting channels, at numerous film festivals, Universities and Holocaust Centers in Europe and in the USA
While in residence at the Mandel Center, Mr. Manoschek initiated research on the specific details of what befell individual Austrian Jews in the Ghettos of the Lublin and Radom District in the Generalgouvernement Area of Poland from 1941-1945. Drawing on the Museum's resources, and the use of the International Tracing Service Program, he sought to employ a multi-perspective approach to obtain a comprehensive picture of the lives and fates of the Jews deported from Vienna to the ghettos, from the time of their deportation until their death or liberation.
Mr. Manoschek was in residence from February 1 to August 31, 2018.