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JDC Names Pamela Joy Shatzkes, Lior Sternfeld as Fred and Ellen Lewis JDC Archives Fellows


Michael Geller / JDC Telephone: (212) 885-0838

Jamie Epstein / JDC Telephone: (212) 885-0849

For Immediate Release

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) announced that Pamela Joy Shatzkes and Lior Sternfeld, two scholars, were named Fred and Ellen Lewis JDC Archives Fellows. Designed for scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study, the Fellowship — now in its second year — is for research in the JDC Archives facilities in New York or Jerusalem.

“We’re delighted to award the JDC Archives Fellowship to Dr. Shatzkes and Mr. Sternfeld, scholars whose research will undoubtedly enrich our understanding of modern Jewish history. At a time when historic archives are being accessed in new and exciting ways, this Fellowship actively encourages the use of JDC’s renowned collection by anyone seeking insight into Jewish life and JDC’s life-saving work for nearly one hundred years,” said JDC Global Archives Director Linda Levi.

Pamela Joy Shatzkes, a London-based scholar with a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, is author of Holocaust and Rescue: Impotent or Indifferent? Anglo- Jewry 1938-1945. Her Fellowship research will focus on the recovery of Jewish orphans who survived the Holocaust in the care of Christian families, monasteries, and convents. Lior Sternfeld is a Ph.D. candidate inHistory at the University of Texas at Austin. His Fellowship research will focus on the Jewish community in pre-revolution Iran who lived under the reign of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (1941-1979).

The Fellowship — created through a bequest from former, longtime JDC employee Ellen Lewis (whose family was helped by JDC in the Shanghai Ghetto) — is designed for research in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, general history, and humanitarian assistance, as well as other areas of academic or cultural research covered in the JDC archival collections. An Academic Advisory Committee consisting of leading scholars as well as JDC Board Member Jerome Spitzer and Adam Sacks of the JDC Archives Committee was responsible for selecting the inaugural fellows. Scholars include ProfessorMarion Kaplan of NYU, Professor Jane Gerber of the City University GraduateCenter, and Professor David Fishman of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

JDC’s Global Archives document activities of the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization from its inception in 1914 to today. The repository houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history. Comprising the organizationalrecords of JDC, the Archives includes over 3 miles of text documents, 100,000 photographs, 1,100 audio recordings including 95 oral histories, 1,300 video recordings, and 157 recorded historic speeches and broadcasts. A sampling of these materials can be viewed at JDC’s Global Archives website at

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The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.

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