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Dr. David M. Crowe personal papers

Identifier: 2018-001-h-r

Scope and Contents

Divided into two series spanning the years 1990 to 2004, the collection documents Dr. David M. Crowe’s research for his book Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the List. The first series entitled Correspondence comprises typed letters and email correspondence with individuals including Holocaust survivors, as well as various institutions regarding research accommodations. The second series entitled Research Notes includes loose-leaf papers and notebooks including personal notes from interviews with Holocaust survivors; Schindler biography notes, criteria for admissions to the Righteous Among the Nation, and notes on the movie “Schindler’s List.”


  • 1995-2005

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Selected addresses have been restricted for the privacy of those individuals.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests subject to limitations noted in divisional policies on reproduction


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The Dr. David M. Crowe is a collection that includes correspondence and research notes from 1990 – 2004 that supported the writing of his biography on Oskar Schindler.


The collection divided into two series: Correspondence and Research Notes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. David M. Crowe

Separated Materials

Material related to the Holocaust rescuer Oskar Schindler has been placed in the Oskar Schindler Archive.


Dr. David M. Crowe is a Professor Emeritus of History and Law at Elon University and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. Dr. Crowe specializes in international criminal law, the Holocaust, history of the Romani people in Eastern Europe and Russia, and 20th century China.

Dr. Crowe’s career began at the National Archives of the United States where he worked as a Russian specialist. He subsequently worked as an Archivist at the Department of Defense tasked to support the United States Senate’s Church Committee investigation.

He has also taught at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Crowe has been a visiting scholar at the at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and a Fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1900 to 2004, he served as a member of the Education Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. He was also the chairman of North Carolina Council on the Holocaust.

Dr. Crowe has been a consultant to national and international organizations seeking to further the awareness of human right issues and the need for educational reform in Central and Eastern Europe. He has testified before the United States Congress’ Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and the New York City Council’s Subcommittee on Immigration. He has also served as a witness in numerous court cases in the United States and Canada regarding the Roma and other ethnic groups.

Dr. Crowe’s books cover a variety of subjects ranging from the history of national and international criminal tribunals, the Holocaust, 20th century China, and the history of the Roma in Eastern Europe and Russia. His most recent books include War Crimes, Genocide, and Justice: A Global History (2014) Germany and China: Transnational Encounters since the 18th Century (2014), and Crimes of State, Past and Present: Government-Sponsored Atrocities and International Legal Responses (2011). His earlier publications include Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the List (2004), A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia (1994; 2007), The Baltic States and the Great Powers: Foreign Relations, 1938-1940 (1993), and The Gypsies of Eastern Europe (1991). His books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Japanese, Polish, and Ukrainian.

In 1994, the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies awarded Dr. Crowe the V. Stanley Vardys President’s Prize for Books on Baltic Studies for his The Baltic States and the Great Powers: Foreign Relations, 1938-1940. Elon University awarded him its first Distinguished Scholar’s Award in 2000, and the Arts and Science Distinguished Scholar’s Award in 2013. In 2010, Dr. Crowe was the recipient of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies’ Richard Stites Senior Scholar Award for Contributions to the Field of Slavic Studies.

Dr. Crowe traveled extensively to gather information to support his book, Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the List, including conducting research at institutions in Germany, Poland, Israel, Argentina, as well as the United States. In 2016, Dr. Crowe donated his research material to the Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library. The archival collection consists of primary and secondary resource material on Holocaust rescuer Oskar Schindler. This collection constitutes the largest complete archival collection on Schindler.
Finding Aid for the Dr. David M. Crowe Personal Papers
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Part of the Oskar Schindler Archives Repository