Dr. Brian Crim, associate professor of history, has been awarded a Mednick Memorial Fellowship for 2013. He will use the award to complete research in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and begin writing a book, “Our Germans are better than their Germans: Project Paperclip, German Scientists and the National Security State, 1945-1955.”
The work concerns the American effort to exploit German scientific and technical personnel after the Second World War. Project Paperclip ultimately contributed to the space program, although many of the scientists used by the government were involved in war crimes. Dr. Crim’s focus is the intersection of Cold War diplomacy, military necessity, and international law.
Dr. Crim’s primary research interests revolve around war, political violence, and antisemitism in modern Germany, specifically during the Weimar Republic. He is most interested in how German Jews negotiated a collective identity in a hostile environment.
He participated in the 2011 Jack and Anita Hess Seminar for Faculty: “Teaching about the Holocaust through Eyewitness Testimony: Using Interviews and Memoirs in the Classroom,” at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Participants in the seminar were chosen competitively from a broad spectrum of college and university faculties, including: Boston College, Brandeis University, Georgetown University, Indiana University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Maurice L. Mednick Memorial was created in 1967 in honor of a young Norfolk industrialist who died from accidental causes. The Mednick Memorial Fund is administered by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) to encourage the professional development of college teachers and improve their academic competence through fellowships for research and advanced study.
Founded in 1952, the VFIC is a nonprofit fund-raising partnership supporting the programs and students of 15 leading private colleges in the commonwealth.