Rosa de Jong, MA
Rosa de Jong is a doctoral student at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and a visiting researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). For the NWO-funded research project ‘From European ports to Caribbean homes: Second World War refugees in global transit’, she researches refugees in the Second World War who travelled, via various European ports, from the Netherlands and Belgium to the Caribbean, and in particular to Jamaica, Cuba, Suriname and Curaçao.
Between January and September 2022, Rosa was the Alexander Grass Memorial Fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). During that time, she interviewed eyewitnesses of the flight to the Caribbean and did research in their large oral history collection.
Prior to starting her doctoral research, she worked as a junior researcher at the KITLV, conducting research on colonialism and slavery in Rotterdam's history. Rosa studied History (bachelor’s and research master’s) and Philosophy (bachelor’s) at the University of Amsterdam. Between 2019 and 2021, Rosa was editor-in-chief of the Holland Historisch Tijdschrift, and during her studies she was co-organiser of the DRIFT Wijsgerig Festival and editor-in-chief of the Skript Historisch Tijdschrift.