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Caroline Cormier

Junior Fellow (04/2017 - 08/2017)

From Disenfranchisement to Displacement. The History and Commemoration of Jewish Homes and ‘Judenhäuser’ in Germany

CormierThis project examines the large-scale disruption to Jewish homes that took place in Nazi Germany in the late 1930s. Specifically, this research explores the displacement of Jews from their private resi-dences and their forced relocation into Nazi-designated ‘Jew Houses’ (Judenhäuser) in three of Germany’s major cities: Berlin, Dresden, and Hamburg. Using contemporary memorials as a starting point, this study combines archival research with testimony from survivors, their heirs, and the post-war inhabitants of these sites to expand the visibility of the wartime histories and ongoing preservation efforts of these formerly Jewish living spaces.


Caroline Cormier is currently a PhD candidate in History at the University of Toronto, where she also received her M.A. in Geography and Planning in 2010. She received her B.A. (Honours) from Queen’s University in 2008. Past program participation includes: the Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellowship, the Holocaust Education Foundation Summer Institute, and the Zoryan Institute’s International Genocide and Human Rights Program. She is also a recipient of the Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies.

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