Seminar at Yad Vashem

10900065_983340335027548_2728620282765524194_oLast week, our third cohort participated in our annual week-long seminar at Yad Vashem World Holocaust Center in Jerusalem.  The seminar consisted of four intense days featuring Yad Vashem’s leading scholars and researchers, behind the scenes look at the main museum and campus, and concentrated archive work.  Our students explored trends of how historians interpreted the Holocaust differently over time with Professor Dan Michman, learned about Righteous Among the Nations: Dilemmas and Complexities with Dr. Iael Nidam-Orvieto,  Germany Jewry with Yaakov Berut, France and Belgium with Dr. Jeannine Frenk, Women in Auschwitz with Dr. Naama Shik, Jewish Rescue in French Convents with Dr. Eliot Nidam-Orvieto, and the Holocaust in the Lublin District with Dr. David Silberklang.  Dr. Haim Gertner gave an inside look at how the archives work and what they aim to do, and our own Ms. Nannie Beekman gave an excellent lecture on Holland, Ion Popa spoke about the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and the Jewish Question in Romania, Leah Preis shared about moral dilemmas as reflected in the diaries and contemporary literature in Eastern Europe and Dina Porat talked about how Youth Movements turned into Resistance Organizations.

This seminar, and our partnership with Yad Vashem, is one of the most valuable aspects of our program.  Studying the Holocaust in Israel grants our students access to this wonderful museum and research institute.  We are lucky to have this seminar as well as the many internships offered to our students each year.

Please enjoy some photographs from the seminar:

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