“The Jewish Stigma: Intermarriage and Family Life in Germany, 1933-1949”
Mr. Maximilian Strnad is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Munich (Germany). He possesses skills in German, English, and French. While in residence at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Mr. Strnad conducted research on his project, “The Jewish Stigma: Intermarriage and Family Life in Germany, 1933-1949.”
Mr. Strnad has published three books: Flachs für das Reich. Das jüdische Zwangsarbeitslager “Flachsröste Lohhof” bei München (2013), Der Holocaust in der deutschsprachigen Geschichtswissenschaft, co-edited with Michael Brenner (2012), and Zwischenstation “Judensiedlung.” Verfolgung und Deportation der jüdischen Münchner 1941-1945 (2011). Some of his articles and book chapters include, “The Fortune of Survival – Intermarried German Jews in the Dying Breath of the ‘Thousand-Year Reich’ ” in Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust (2015), “Die Deportationen aus München” in Münchner Beiträge zur Jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur (2014), “Manche Spuren menschlicher Existenz verblassen schneller als andere. Die Geschichte einer ‘privilegierten Mischehe’ in Memmingen” in Allgäuerinnen (2013).
For his Sosland Family Fellowship at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Mr. Strnad used the oral history collections of Rita Kuhn, Faye Nelson, and Marianne Gerhart, the Rita G. Kaplan papers, archival documents concerning the Legal Policy of Nazi-officials Towards Intermarriage and “Mischlinge,” as well as Selected Records from the NIOD (Netherlands Institute for War Documentation) and the International Tracing Service (ITS) digital collection to explore the complex dynamics between intermarried partners and their families during the course of the Holocaust and immediately afterwards.
Mr. Maximilian Strnad was in residence at the Mandel Center from September 1 to December 31, 2015.