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Kiera Fitzgerald

Kiera Fitzgerald

  • Alumni

History of War MA

Programme Coordinator at the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Biography

Having felt too overwhelmed at the prospect of moving to London as an undergraduate, I could not be more excited to join King’s as a MA student. Studying History of War at King’s prepared me for both my academic pursuits and my career. The programme was engaging, broad and most importantly gave me the opportunity to hone my interests which in turn have shaped my professional journey.

The History of War Module main module delved into the bigger themes I had only been introduced to as an undergraduate. The module covered statistical warfare, economic warfare, societies and cultures impacted by warfare, and the operational elements of war to name a few. The interdisciplinary approach in seminars challenged my preconceived knowledge and thus grew my ability to research, analyse and adopt lines of argument which I had researched and could therefore justify when we debated in seminars.

Being interested in the Second World War and Intelligence History, I was able to choose modules from the entire War Studies department which fitted both passions and complimented my main module. This breadth of choice allowed me to specialise within the field and equipped me with communication and evaluative skills that could be transferred between the multiple disciplines and have also proven invaluable to my career today. A highlight of the course was my lecturers. Not only were they extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects, but they created an environment where I felt fully supported throughout my learning journey – particularly regarding the guidance and help I received during my dissertation.

I am currently a Programme Coordinator at the Holocaust Educational Trust where I work with the Education Team to support the research, creation, and delivery of materials for the Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Online Project and Ambassador Programme – both of which are aimed at educating young people about the Holocaust. A job which was inspired by my dissertation focusing on the relationship between intelligence agencies and British understanding of the Holocaust.

From October I will be undertaking an AHRC/Techne-funded PhD Studentship with the University of Roehampton and The National Archives titled ‘State Secrets and the Public Archive: Cold War Spycraft and the Literary Heritage of British Espionage’. I will also be joining the Wiener Holocaust Library as their Education Officer, using their archival collection to create an educational programme for secondary school pupils which will explore lesser known and more nuanced Holocaust topics.

Studying History of War MA at King’s College London has helped accelerate my professional career and academic journey in ways I never had imagined. My career direction has been entirely shaped by my one year at King’s and for that I will always be grateful.