The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Lauren Fedewa

PhD Program


Lauren is currently a PhD Candidate in History at the History Department and the Anne Tanenbaum Center for Jewish Studies. Lauren's research focuses on Polish and Soviet forced labor in Germany during WWII, particularly the establishment, management, and operation of "foreign child-care facilities" and the issues of pregnancy, childbirth, and child-rearing. Her master’s thesis, titled “Between Extermination and Child-Rearing: The Foreign Child-Care Facilities of Volkswagen and Velpke,” analyzed two such "foreign child-care facilities." She works under the supervisions of Professors Doris Bergen and Piotr Wrobel. Lauren specializes in Holocaust Studies, Conflict, Violence, and Genocide, Twentieth Century Europe,  and Jewish Studies.



  • MA, University of Vermont (2018)
  • BA, University of Maryland (2015)