The members of the Fourth Cohort are taking advantage of a variety of internship opportunities. One such example is a special internship at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum. The following blog was written by student Nicole Munoz about her experiences interning at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum.
In December of 2015, I started interning at the Ghetto Fighter’s House. My interest in interning at the Ghetto Fighter’s house began after meeting with our internship coordinator Audrey Zada. At this meeting, she told me I had a better chance of learning curating skills if I interned at the Ghetto Fighter’s House than at any other place the program offered.
Our first meeting consisted of what was expected of us, as well as learning about the history of the museum and the Kibbutz. We learned how this museum was established in 1949 by surviving resistance fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Because it was established shortly after Israel became a state, it is the first ever museum dedicated to the Holocaust and Jewish life during World War 2 as well as the first to have a ceremony commemorating the Holocaust. Those who started the Kibbutz where the museum is located were all Holocaust survivors who wanted to live away from the city which is why the kibbutz and the museum are located in the countryside.
On January 11, 2016, we held our second meeting at the museum. For this session, we were given several artifacts in which we will prepare texts and short picture presentations. These artifacts will then be displayed in the museum. The artifacts range from small personal items such as a small dress, hair clip, or cosmetic items, to larger items such as a suitcase used for smuggling goods, a radio to listen illegally to the BBC, or a drum made out of a Torah scroll. I, as well as my fellow interns, will write about the person to whom the item belonged, or a specific such as the Righteous Among the Nations, group or place such as Transnistria.
This internship has already aided in one class in particular which is the Practical Training in Curating class taught by Tami Rich. The skills that we are learning through the internship have and will continue to help with the courses dealing with curating.
I have never had the experience of interning at a museum, especially a museum focused specifically on the Holocaust. The opportunity to intern at such well-known museums is only one of the factors that drew me to this Holocaust studies program. While I may have been able to build this kind of experience in another program, it most likely would have been at a local museum and not one that specifically dealt with the Holocaust. At the end of this program, I would like to work in a Holocaust museum. The skills I will learn, and the overall experience of learning under excellent instructors at the Ghetto Fighter’s House, I believe, will more than prepare me to pursue jobs dealing with curating the Holocaust.
Interested in applying for our MA in Holocaust Studies Program? You can find the application and more information at our website: http://holocaust-studies.haifa.ac.il/