BIAAS issued a granted of $5,680 to Bettina Brandt in order to study the lives of elderly Jews in Vienna who were attempting to emigrate in the years leading up to World War Two. The project examined letters and dairies as well as other archival material in order to contextualize how those people understood and interacted with the world around them. Through the grant Brandt visited 5 archives and 2 libraries in Vienna, including the Staatsarchiv/Archiv der Republik, Nottendorfer Gasse and the Library of the University of Vienna. The goal of this project is a monograph to be published through American University Press.
Bettina Brandt studied at Harvard University where she received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. She has served as the director of Deutsches Haus as well as a professor at Montclair State University and The Pennsylvania State University.