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Dr. Holly Case
2007-2008 Pearl Resnick Postdoctoral Fellow

"Between the Lines: Contested Boundaries and the Holocaust in Eastern Europe"

Professional Background

Holly Case received a Ph.D. in history and humanities and an M.A. in history from Stanford University, and a B.A. in European studies from Mount Holyoke College. During her fellowship at the Museum, she was Assistant Professor of History at Cornell University. For her Pearl Resnick Postdoctoral Fellowship, Professor Case conducted research on “Between the Lines: Contested Boundaries and the Holocaust in Eastern Europe.”

Professor Case is the author of the manuscript Between States: The Transylvania Question and the European Idea during WWII, which at the time of her tenure was expected to be published in 2009 by Stanford University Press. She has also written several articles and contributions to edited volumes, including “The Holocaust in Regional Perspective: Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in Hungary, Romania and Slovakia,” in Varieties of Anti-Semitism (University of Nebraska Press) and “Territorial Revision and the Holocaust: The Case of Hungary and Slovakia during WWII,” in Lessons and Legacies: From Generation to Generation (Northwestern University Press), both of which were forthcoming at the time of her tenure, and “The Holocaust and the Transylvanian Question in the 20th Century,” in Randolph Braham, ed., The Holocaust in Hungary: Sixty Years Later (Columbia University Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2006). Professor Case is the recipient of several grants and awards, including Cornell University Dean’s Grant; a Elizabeth Spilman Rosenfield Prize for Outstanding Dissertation Writing, Stanford University’s Department of History; a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship; and a 2002-2003 Yetta and Jacob Gelman Fellowship for Research on the Holocaust in Transylvania, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Fellowship Research

During her tenure at the Center, Professor Case conducted a comparative study exploring how territorial considerations affected the timing and execution of policy with regard to Jews and other minorities during World War II. She focused on territorial aspirations and antisemitism in the Axis-allied states of East-Central Europe. Professor Case primarily studied the Museum’s library and archival collections on Bulgaria, the Independent State of Croatia, and Romania.

Professor Case was in residence at the Mandel Center from September 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.