*Minne means “memory” in Norwegian
The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program annually selects college students to participate in two programs throughout the year to acquire a more in depth knowledge of the Holocaust and of Israel. Awards for the participation of these two programs comes through the MINNE Fund which is a fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.
The MINNE Fellowships program was created due to the generosity of Peder Alfred Friiso (1919-2014) of Norway. He was a kind man of strong Christian convictions who was deeply affected by the crimes perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators, including Norwegians. He also had a love for the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Upon his death, he made a bequest to fund a program that would help Israel and also educate about the Holocaust. He asked his nephew Geir Friiso of Minneapolis to find a way to make his desire become reality. The MINNE Fellowships program was established to honor his wish.
Fellowship in the MINNE program this year offers a unique opportunity to engage fully in the course of study offered by the JCRC Holocaust education zoom webinars. We are offering a $200 stipend which will be awarded upon successful completion of all program requirements.
Because of the limited number of spaces available, we wish to ensure that those who are accepted into the program are able to make the most of the experience. The primary criteria for admission to the program are demonstration of interest in the offerings of the program and commitment to furthering your education about the Holocaust.
All fellows are expected to attend a minimum of 5 of the 15 1.25 hour classes that comprise the course. For a full list of course offerings, visit https://www.minndakjcrc.org/education_programs/lessons/
In addition, Fellows are required to submit a reflection paper as part of the program. They can choose one of the following options to be qualified:
1. Course Summary
For each of the topics discussed at the classes you attended, provide a brief summary of what you learned.
Note: The best way to go about this option is by taking notes during each lesson to use for later reference when putting together your course summary.
Each topic’s summary must be a minimum of 250 words.
Be sure to address the following points in each topic’s summary:
• What did you personally take away from learning about this topic?
• What is one thing you learned in this lesson that you never knew before?
2. Course Topic Essay
Choose one of the course topics and write an essay on it. Essays should demonstrate analysis and original thought.
• Minimum 2,000 words
• Include primary and secondary sources and footnoted documentation.
Applicants are required to attend at least 5 of the webinars and complete the reflection paper in order to become a MINNE fellow and receive a stipend.
Applications due by March 31, 2021
Zoom Webinars are M-F, April 12- April 30, 2021
Reflection papers due by May 14, 2021
Eligibility & Information:
Must be a registered, full time student at Augsburg or St. Olaf with at least one year left on campus
Students who have participated in the Holocaust education portion will be referred to a program taking students on a FREE 10 day visit to Israel to learn about the country, its history, culture and society. If accepted to this program, MINNE will cover national airfare.
What is the Program to Israel? Jewish National Fund – Caravan For Democracy:
**Note: this depends on travel and COVID-19 restrictions