James Alexander Goodwin, PhD Candidate

Alex GoodwinFaculty of Social Sciences

Email: alexander.goodwin@wlv.ac.uk

PhD Working Title: 'The Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad: Wartime Preparation, International Collaborations and post-Bellum Actualities'

Biography

Since gaining a Bachelor’s degree, I have commenced a full-time position working as an Administrator at the University of Wolverhampton (UOW).

In addition to researching for a PhD part-time, I have acquired valuable experience working as a Research Assistant for the School of History, Politics and War Studies on two projects for Dr Richard Hawkins and Dr Howard Fuller.  

Moreover, I have been inspired by current international research in my subject area when attending two scholarly conferences organised by the UOW - Forced Labour and Survivors of Nazi Persecution held at the Imperial War Museum, London, January 2015; and, Children and War: Past and Present, located at the University of Salzburg, Austria, July 2016.

Academic qualifications

BA (Hons) History and War Studies (2:1) – University of Wolverhampton, 2011-2014:

Awarded the Eva Kolinsky Memorial Prize for an outstanding dissertation from the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Research interests

My research interests focus on the Holocaust, the Second World War and their influences on post-conflict Europe.

My Bachelor's dissertation examined Poland’s Holocaust remembrance and its struggle to confront anti-Semitism since the fall of Communism.

My Doctoral thesis investigates the wartime planning of the Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad (JCRA) and its relationships with alternative aid bodies and governmental administrations. It will argue that while the British government and alternative NGOs concentrated on humanitarian assistance for the civil population in liberated sectors and all so-called UN nationals (among them the survivors of the German forced labour system) in occupied German and Austrian areas, Jewish relief focused from the outset entirely on the survivors of the Holocaust and that, subsequently, Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe were included. What’s more, it will highlight that although a significant amount of altruistic assistance was provided, humanitarian relief also served as a device for political goals.