Colloquia 2019-2020 | New developments in Holocaust Studies and the Digital Humanities

New developments in Holocaust Studies and the Digital Humanities


Who was Henrietta Stein Klotz and why was she important to the American government’s effort to rescue Jews?
Henrietta was the woman who organized and indexed the Morgenthau Diaries, a collection which spans 12 years, 138 cubic feet and includes over 860 volumes. Mrs. Klotz compiled all of Morgenthau’s correspondence, memos, and transcripts of his conversations into bound volumes. Henrietta did not only “organize” (a conclusion often made about women, including in the academic world). She was also what we would now call an “influencer” and directly impacted the stance and actions taken by the FDR administration through her relationship with Henry Morgenthau.

This brown bag lunch workshop will provide an opportunity for students to learn about the digital resources available open access at the FDR library related to the governmental response to the Holocaust. Specifically, I will be speaking about Henrietta S. Klotz, her role in the American government’s response to the Holocaust and the digital materials available at the FDR library related to her involvement. The presentation will also include a discussion of how I use a database and network visualization tool (open access) called nodegoat. This brown bag lunch workshop will also create a forum for students to share their ideas about the most important issues related to developing a digital database, and massive scale digitization of Holocaust-related documents (and the ethical issues involved). The FDR library is planning a conference for 2021 which will explore new developments in Holocaust Studies and the digital humanities. What are the up and coming issues in the digital humanities and Holocaust Studies that should be included in this conference?



Abby Gondek - PictureAbby is the Morgenthau Scholar-in-Residence at the FDR Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. She is developing digital humanities tools to raise awareness about the Holocaust related collections at the library and focusing on the roles that women staff played in the rescue effort. Abby earned her PhD in Global and Socio-cultural Studies (GSS) at Florida International University in April 2018. I also earned an M.A. in African and African Diaspora Studies in May 2015. Her dissertation “Jewish women’s transracial epistemological networks: Representations of Black women in the African diaspora, 1930-1980” used historical social network analysis to consider how Jewish women social scientists’ networks across racial, national, and disciplinary boundaries impacted their theorizing about black women’s sexualities in Brazil, the UK, the Caribbean, South Africa and the U.S.