"Mirrors of Justice: East German Trials of Nazi Perpetrators in the 1970s"
Ms. Jutta Paczulla earned an M.A. in international relations from Carleton University, Ottawa, and a B.A. Honors degree in history and political science from the University of Calgary. She also received a Graduate Diploma in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna, Italy). During her fellowship at the Museum, she was a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Toronto. For her Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship for Archival Research, Ms. Paczulla conducted research on “Mirrors of Justice: East German Trials of Nazi Perpetrators in the 1970s.”
Ms. Paczulla worked as a Senior Analyst for the Office of the Prosecutor, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). She was a member of the prosecution team which conducted the first international war crimes trial since Nuremberg (ICTY vs. Dusan Tadic). She also worked as an Historian for the Department of Justice, Government of Canada, in support of legal proceedings against Canadian residents who had alleged involvements in war crimes during World War II. In other capacities, Ms. Paczulla was a Senior Advisor to the Circumpolar Affairs Directorate of Indian and Northern Affairs, Canada. As a Research Analyst for the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security, she conducted an in-depth study of Canada’s role on the UN Security Council and co-edited Surviving the Nuclear Age (on arms control and disarmament). Ms. Paczulla’s work and scholarship have been widely recognized, including by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Holocaust Educational Foundation, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Fund, the Joint Initiative in German and European Studies, and the Women’s Canadian Historical Society. She is the 2006 recipient of the prestigious Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowship in the Humanities at the University of Toronto. Ms. Paczulla’s publications include “Karadzic at large means Dayton denied,” a commentary, Globe and Mail, November 21, 2005, and “The Long Difficult Road to Dayton: Peace Efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina,” International Journal, Winter 2004.
While in residence at the Center, Ms. Paczulla examined how the former East German state addressed the legacy of the Holocaust through war crimes trials. She conducted a study on East Germany’s judicial efforts to address Nazi criminality and compared her findings with West Germany’s judicial practices in this regard. She explored the political considerations that influenced East Germany’s war crimes trials as well as the inner workings of the proceedings.
Ms. Paczulla was in residence at the Mandel Center from May 15 to August 15, 2006.