Bogdanow Activities



Harriet Fleming, BA Hons Religion and Theology, on her visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, April 2018 (pdf)

Ellie Thompson, BA Hons History, on her visit to Dachau, March 2018 (pdf)

Madeleine Foster, BA Hons History and French, on her visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, March 2018 (pdf)

James Huyton, MA, History, on his visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, January 2018 (pdf)

Adi Bharat, PhD, French Studies, visited Auschwitz in June 2018.


Ellie Stenson, BA Hons English Literature, on her visit to Krakow and Auschwitz, Jan 2017 (pdf)

Caitlin Touhey, BA Hons History, on her visit to Krakow and Auschwitz, April 2017 (pdf)

Amy Wisenfeld, MA Peace and Conflict Studies, on her visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, May 2017 (pdf)

Zoe Van Schoor, MA, Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, on her visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, May 2017 (pdf)

Matthew Quallen, MA, History, on his visit to Dachau, May 2017 (pdf)

Barney Weston, BA Hons History and American Studies, reported for BBC Radio Manchester on his visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, listen again

Lawrence Rabone, BA Hons French and Hebrew, visited Auschwitz in June 2017.

Daisy Barker, BA Hons Religions and Theology, visited Auschwitz in April 2017.


Student travel bursaries

As part of her bequest to the University of Manchester, Prof. Fanny Bogdanow funded a number of student travel bursaries for educational visits to concentration camps. In 2018 the Centre for Jewish Studies will allocate a number of awards of £400 each (based on an estimated cost of £230 for flights and £115 for hotel/tour, plus £55 contribution for food/other expenses). The expectation is that the visit would take place during the period 1 January - 30 June 2019.

Application: Please email and outline in a couple of sentences your interest in the subject, and whether you are currently registered for a relevant course unit. (Depending upon demand, priority may be given to students registered on relevant course units). Please also confirm that you understand that you must provide receipts for all costs/expenses that will be reclaimed, and that you are prepared to write a 500 word report for publication. Deadline for application: 3 December 2018, with an expectation of notification to successful applicants by 21 December 2018. Eligibility: Any undergraduate, post-graduate, or research student in SALC.


Fanny Bogdanow

The student travel bursaries and the annual public lecture series have been made possible as a result of the generous bequest to the University by Fanni Bogdanow (1927-2013), a former Professor of French and Medieval Studies at Manchester and a child refugee on the Kindertransporte.

Fanni Bogdanow, PhD graduation 1957

"Fanni Bogdanow was born in Düsseldorf, Germany. When she was 11, in 1939 and just in time, her parents loaded her on to a Kindertransport train bound for Britain. She was taken in by a Quaker family in Manchester to whom she remained very grateful. In 1945, she won a scholarship to study French at Manchester University; she was to stay at Manchester, as undergraduate, postgraduate, lecturer, reader and professor, for the rest of her life. Her parents, astonishingly, survived between them Dachau, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen; to Fanni's intense joy, her mother later joined her in Manchester..." [More from The Guardian]

Fanni Bogdanow's full life story interview was conducted in April 2002 by one of the Centre's former PhD students, Ros Livshin, and was archived at the Oral Testimony Archive of the Manchester Jewish Museum, a collection compiled under the supervison of the Centre's Bill Williams.

See also

Fanni Bogdanow, 'Anne Frank and the Holocaust' in Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 88:1 (2006), 207-215.

Fanni Bogdanow, 'From Holocaust Survivor to Arthurian Scholar' in On Arthurian Women, edited by Bonnie Wheeler and Fiona Tolhurst (Dallas: Scriptorium Press, 2001), 387-394.