Dapim – Studies on the Shoah, is the inter-disciplinary academic journal of the Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Research. We are privileged to be part of the same institute as this peer-reviewed bi-lingual academic journal. Dapim is devoted to the inter-disciplinary study of the Holocaust, the Secnd World War and anti-Semitism. Scholars from around the world contribute to this journal, and here in our MA program we benefit from learning from many of the featured authors.
This Spring, our students will be learning with Dr. Stephanie Shosh Rotem, who was recently featured in Dapim. Her article, “A Sense of Jewish Empowerment or a Lesson in Universal Values? New Directions in the Design of Holocaust Museums in the USA” was published in Volume 27, Issue 2, this past October. Our students look forward to taking her class “Holocaust Museums: Three Continent, Three Generations” next semester.
Dr. Rotem’s abstract for her article reads as follows: “This article studies the architectural design of two recently opened Holocaust museums, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) and the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and reveals them as corresponding to different approaches toward Holocaust commemoration. The highly symbolic design of architect Stanley Tigerman’s Illinois Holocaust Museum is representative of a ‘Jewish-American model’ that links Holocaust commemoration to the reinforcement and empowerment of Jewish identity, while architect Hagy Belzberg’s abstract design for the LAMOTH exemplifies a ‘universal model’ which teaches the events of the Holocaust in order to ensure a more moral future.”
To read more of Dr. Rotem’s work, and get more information about Dapim, you can click here.