Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust

Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust – Jewish Paratroopers and Partisans in Yugoslavia: Yugoslav Perceptions and Recollections 1944-1945

IMG_3096Dapim – 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 Second 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.

In 2012, our institute published the 26th volume of Dapim.  One of the featured articles in this issue was “Jewish Paratroopers and Partisans in Yugoslavia: Yugoslav Perceptions and Recollections 1944-1945” written by Jovan Ćulibrk and Seth J. Frantzman.

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The abstract for their article reads as follows: ” The thirty-two paratroopers from the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine, who were selected by the Jewish Agency, trained by the British, and inserted into Eastern Europe during World War II became iconic figures in Israel.  Hannah Szenes (pronounces and sometimes written “Senesh”) in particular was held up as a hero and an exemplary figure for the new country’s youth.  Previous scholarly writing on them has been based on Jewish and British sources including the personal recollections of the volunteers themselves.  This study seeks to clarify two of the last remaining gray areas of their story.  Firstly, how the Jewish partisans who were parachuted into Yugoslavia perceived their mission.  In addition, while almost half of the Yishuv parachutists began their missions in Yugoslavia and some never proceeded elsewhere, their reception by the local resistance remains nearly unexplored.  Furthermore, until now Yugoslav sources have been virtually untouched by historians.”

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 To read more of Jovan Ćulibrk and Seth J. Frantzman’s work, and get more information about Dapim, you can click here.

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