Students participating in the course Visual Culture in the Holocaust were honored to hear a fascinating lecture from Professor Paolo Coen on the state of Holocaust memorialization in Italy. In addition to his position at the University in Teramo, Professor Coen also sits on the board of the planned Museo della Shoah in Rome. The museum will be the first of its kind in Italy and is projected to open in 2021.
The University of Haifa was honored to host the conference; Torch Bearers: Emerging Scholars in the Feild of Holocaust Studies on May 7-8, 2018. The conference brought together a collection of international Ph.D. fellows and MA graduate students from around the world, currently pursuing Holocaust research in an Israeli academic institution.
The two-day conference was moderated by leading Israeli Holocaust scholars, including; Dr. Dan Michman from Bar-Ilan University and Yad Vashem, Dr. Chavi Dreyfus from Tel Aviv University and Yad Vashem, Dr. David Silberklang from Weiss-Livnat MA Program at the University of Haifa and Yad Vashem, Dr. Kobi Kabalek from the Weiss-Livnat MA Program at the University of Haifa, Dr. Dinah Port from Tel Aviv University and Yad Vashem, Dr. Roni Stauber from Tel Aviv University, and Dr. Chana Yoblonka from Ben Gurion University and The Ghetto Fighters House.
Madene Shacher, an alumna of the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies, Cohort II, has co-authored a chapter published in a new book from the EVZ Foundation. (EVZ, an acronym from German, is translated as; Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future). The new book; Interactions. Explorations of Good Practice in Educational Work with Videotaped Testimonies of Victims of National Socialism, explores the challenges, considerations, and opportunities educational professionals face when utilizing video testimonies in their lesson plans.
Madene Shacher’s chapter is titled; Educational Programmes Based on Child Survivor Video Testimonies at Yad Layeled Children’s Memorial Museum/Ghetto Fighters’ House Israel. In the chapter, Madene and her co-author, Dr. Michal Saden, explore the uses of video testimonies of Holocaust child survivors in permanent and rotating exhibitions at the Yad LaYeled Memorial Museum and present the museum staff’s re-evaluations and ongoing reflections regarding the use of videotaped testimonies for young learners. Additionally, an assessment based method for choosing the most appropriate videos is discussed.
In Honor of Yom Hazikaron leShoah ve-leG’vurah (Remembrance Day for the Holocaust and Heroism) most commonly referred to as Yom HaShoah, our International MA students in Holocaust Studies have compiled a list of the Holocaust books they found most thought-provoking, impactful, and moving. From the philosophical to the purely historical, here are ten recommended, non-fiction and fiction books to read today.
1. Our Holocaust, Amir Gutfreund 2006
Translated from the original Hebrew and written by a second generation Holocaust survivor, ‘Our Holocaust’ shares with the reader the difficulty, confusion, and heartbreak of growing up in a family with survivor parents.
By lying we kill again*
Four years ago, I wrote a rather personal entry for this blog entitled Holocaust Studies vs. Mental Health. Back then, I was a student of the second cohort of the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies. The first semester ended and I felt overwhelmed by the difficult topic with which I had decided to engage.
The entry was partly humorous, (if nobody else then my Mom laughed for sure), and partly serious, (it was a really tough period in my life, I thought), where I tried to grasp how studying the Holocaust influenced my life. All Holocaust scholars know that humor can sometimes save you from madness and despair.
Polish historian Jan Grabowski is concerned about the future of Holocaust research in his native Poland, in the wake of its controversial Holocaust law.
The new bill states that “whoever accuses, publicly and against the facts, the Polish nation, or the Polish state, of being responsible or complicit in the Nazi crimes committed by the Third German Reich … shall be subject to a fine or a penalty of imprisonment of up to three years.”
Speaking at the Centre of Organisations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel, Grabowski warned: “If you’re a student of history or a journalist, are you really going to want to dig into these issues if you’re going to lose your work, your grant or your possibility of promotion?”
Jordanna Gessler, a graduate of the Weiss-Livnat International MA program in Holocaust Studies and now the Director of Education at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, tells The Times of Israel why Holocaust studies matter…
In 1927, a boy named Elek was born in Belsko, Poland. He was born to an upper middle-class family, had two younger siblings, dozens of cousins, and enjoyed accompanying his mother, Deborah, to Vienna to see concerts and the opera. He had a very happy childhood. He spoke German at home and Polish in school, and he liked to play catch with his friends. He had a good arm. On the holidays, he went to synagogue and always remembered that his mother made the best gefilte fish. For his bar mitzvah, he received a potato. It was 1940 and the Germans had already invaded, World War II had broken out, and the Holocaust had begun. At that time, he did not know that he would never see his mother again. This was something that he never got over. He never forgot his mother, I would know. He was my grandfather.