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Mr Charlie R. S. Knight BA (Hons), MA

Postgraduate Research Student, Wolfson Scholar

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Charlie Knight is a Postgraduate Researcher in History based at the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton. He is the recipient of the Wolfson Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities.

After completing my Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in history at the University of Exeter and taking a year out to work in a secondary school, I began my PhD in 2021 at the University of Southampton. My research interests lie largely within histories of the Holocaust and histories of refugees, with my doctoral study centring around German-Jewish refugees in Britain and their links to family left behind in occupied Europe.

In addition to my academic studies, I have also held research positions at the National Trust and most recently at the Imperial War Museum’s Holocaust Galleries Regeneration team.

Research interests

My research interests largely encompass twentieth century European history including histories of migration, histories of the Holocaust, German-Jewish history, and correspondence in a historical perspective. Through my research I combine fields of transnational history, the history of emotions, and the concept of knowledge, seeking to present a more wide-ranging view of refugees from Nazi oppression.

My doctoral study aims to examine German-Jewish refugees in Britain from 1933-1945 and their emotional response to family remaining in occupied Europe. Through examining correspondence between separated parties as well as published information available at the time, my research will assess to what extent knowledge of anti-Jewish persecution and the Holocaust reached and affected German-Jewish refugees in Britain. By combining studies of refugees and studies of the Holocaust this research gives greater agency to those often viewed as passive victims, highlighting instances of connectivity and networks across Europe.

PhD supervision

Prof. Joachim Schlör (History)

Prof. Tony Kushner (History)

Research group

Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations

I am joint postgraduate representative for the British Association for Holocaust Studies alongside Barnabas Balint (University of Oxford) for the 2021/22 academic year, supporting postgraduates across the country and organising the annual conference and events series.

Mr Charlie R. S. Knight
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