Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust

Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust – The Holocaust is a Foreign Country: Comparing Representations of Place in Lithuanian Jewish Testimony


IMG_3097Dapim – 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 have the opportunity to take a Thesis Seminar with Hannah Pollin-Galay, a Hannah_Pollin-Galaycurrent Doctoral candidate at Tel Aviv University.  Pollin-Galay’s research interests include Holocaust testimony, Yiddish and Eastern European Jewish culture, the Holocaust in Lithuania, Jewish refugees in the unoccupied Soviet Union, oral history and life story analysis, cultural memory, theories of history.  Many of these interestes are displayed in her recently published article “The Holocaust is a Foreign Country: Comparing Representations of Place in Lithuanian Jewish Testimony”, which appeared in the most recent edition of Dapim.


Ms. Pollin-Galay’s abstract for her artcile reads: “This article explores discourse on the Holocaust as a ‘placeless’ event. Analyzing survivor testimony delivered in different cultural contexts, I ask whether or not the idea of strange or vanished places is culturally specific or universal to memories of Holocaust victimhood. As a case study, I analyze the testimony of Lithuanian Jewish Holocaust survivors. I compare the more commonly heard testimonies of survivors living in North America and Israel to the lesser known voices of survivors who have remained in Lithuania—witnesses who live and testify ‘on the scene of the crime.’ I demonstrate how important the idea of estranged geography figures in the testimony of émigré witnesses. By contrast, the survivors who have remained in Lithuania draw a different narrative map of the country, one in which past and present interact on the same sites. Their home landscape, however, also has black holes, dark places that they consider untouchable in everyday life. The article thus points to a tension between contextual particularities and universal challenges in depicting Holocaust places.”


To read more of Ms. Pollin-Galay’s work, and find out more about Dapim, click here.


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