Two Student Assistants...

The University of Freiburg in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ)

is looking for

Two Student Assistants (60 hours per month)

The project:

Preparation of an English-language version of the 16-volume document collection Die Verfolgung und Ermordung der europäischen Juden durch das nationalsozialistische Deutschland, 1933-1945 (VEJ).  The English version, entitled The Persecution and Murder of the European Jews by Nazi Germany, 1933–1945 (PMJ), is updated and adapted for an English-language audience.  Four volumes have already appeared in English. The project partners are the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History, the University of Freiburg, and the German Federal Archives, in cooperation with the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, and the project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).  For more information, please visit

Range of duties:

  • General research tasks in preparing the volumes, including researching biographical information, updating footnotes for an English-language readership, bibliographical searching
  • Using an XML-based editing system in a database (Oxygen XML-editor, TCToolbox)
  • Producing the full thematic index for each volume

Essential requirements:

  • Current registration as an MA student in Modern History, Jewish Studies, or a related subject
  • Knowledge of and interest in the history of the Holocaust, the Second World War and Jewish history in Europe
  • Native or near-native proficiency in English
  • Fluency in written and spoken German
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience of using XML-based editing systems is welcome
  • Work/internship experience in translation/publishing is welcome


Start date: 1 September 2022.

Place of employment: Berlin.

Duration of contract:
1 September 2022 to 30 April 2023 (with the possibility of extension).

Remuneration according to regulations set by the University of Freiburg.

Please send applications (including letter of application, CV and either letters of recommendation or names of two academic referees with contact details) as a single PDF file no later than 30 June 2022 to: harvey[at]

Provisional date for interview: 5 July 2022.


Prof. Elizabeth Harvey

Project lead, PMJ, c/o Institut für Zeitgeschichte
Finckensteinallee 85-87, 12205 Berlin


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