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Lubartworld Project

Migration and Holocaust. Transnational Trajectories of Lubartow Jews Across the World (1920s-1950s)

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 818843)

Grant ERC-Consolidator (2019-2014)


Short Abstract

Migrations are a central issue of the modern period, particularly since World War One. At the same time, the implementation of a systematic policy of categorization, discrimination, persecution, and extermination of European Jews is one of the major events of the first half of the 20th century. How should the relations between these two histories be understood ? The goal of this project is to explore the links between migration and the Holocaust from a transnational microhistorical perspective. To this end, it will implement an original method : producing the collective biography of the Jewish inhabitants from the Polish shtetl of Lubartow from the 1920s to the 1950s, whether they emigrated or stayed behind, whether they were exterminated or survived the Holocaust.

This transnational collective biography explores the directions of individual journeys, the diversity of fates, as well as the connections between those who remained and those who left. By doing so, the Lubartworld project intends to address some prominent theoretical issues : the dynamics of a social structure drawn into a major disruption, the variability of social categorizations in diverse national and political contexts, and the complex making of identities. From an epistemological point of view, it will lead to innovative ways of reconstructing and analyzing life-course information.


Lubartworld Team

Claire Zalc, Principal Investigator, CNRS

Virginie Durand, Project manager, CNRS

Thomas Chopard, post-doc, CNRS

Anton Perdoncin, post-doc, EHESS

Adèle Sutre, post-doc, EHESS

Franciszek Zakrzewski, Phd Student, EHESS

Emmanuelle Duwez, Sciences po, CDSP

The “magic inputting team” :

  • Karolina Grzegorczyk, Master student, Warsaw University
  • Anna Hanotte-Zawislak, PhD student, Sorbonne Université
  • Emilia Majczak-Faroult
  • Tymek Skowronski, Master student, EHESS

International Scientific Board

Tal Bruttmann, historian

Manuel Charpy, Junior research fellow CNRS & INHA, InVisu

Jan Grabowski, Professor, University of Ottawa

Catherine Gousseff, Senior research fellow, CNRS

François Héran, Professor, Collège de France

Audrey Kichelewski, Associate professor, University of Strasbourg

Kamil Kijek, Assistant professor, Taube Department of Jewish Studies, University of Wroclaw

Rebecca Kobrin, Russell and Bettina Knapp Associate Professor of American Jewish History, department of History, Columbia University

Morgane Labbé, Associate professor, EHESS, Centre de recherches historiques

Claire Lemercier, Senior research fellow, CNRS, Centre de sociologie des organisations

Nicolas Mariot, Senior research fellow, CNRS, Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique

Pierre Mercklé, Professor, Grenoble-Alpes University

Hillel Rapoport, Professor, Paris School of Economics

Yann Scioldo-Zürcher, Junior research fellow CNRS, Centre de recherches historiques

Agnieszka Wierzcholska, PhD student, Freie Universität Berlin

Annette Wieviorka, Senior research fellow emeritus, CNRS

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Publié le 16 octobre 2019, mis a jour le vendredi 25 septembre 2020


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