The Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies is proud to announce that three of our students were recently awarded scholarships from Yad Vashem’s International Research Institute! Students Jovana Cvetićanin from Serbia, Meredith Scott from the US, and Lani Berman from US/Israel received the scholarship to help finance their research for their MA theses. Congratulations!
This past week, our students visited the Beit Theresienstadt Museum on Kibbutz Givat Haim for a study tour and seminar. This unique museum’s story began on May 8, 1955, when a group of 150 survivors of the Theresienstadt Ghetto gathered on the Kibbutz with the intention of creating a commemoration space for the victims who passed through or died in Theresienstadt. In 1975, it became a non-profit organization in memory of the Jewish Martyrs of Ghetto Theresienstadt and in 2011, was renovated, expanded, and established as an official museum.
Students listen to a lecture by Beit Theresienstadt Director, Tami Kinberg
“What is it like to be a student in the Weiss-Livnat MA Program in Holocaust Studies?” is a question we receive a lot. Naturally, many of you are curious about our unique program, the students who participate in it, and the experiences they have living in Israel while attending the University of Haifa. With that in mind, we have begun a new tradition. Each year, a select student will take you on a journey through their one-year adventure in Haifa. The inaugural series of A Year in the Life highlights our student, Missy, who comes to us from Calgary, Canada. This is Missy’s second post, her first can be read here.
“In addition to our academic, classroom studies, the Weiss-Livnat Program in Holocaust Studies gives students the opportunity to attend several seminars and sites that deal with Holocaust Memory. In December, my cohort spent 3-days at the Ghetto Fighters House Museum. My fellow colleague in the program, Lottie, shared her thoughts of the seminar and you can read her experience here.”
Missy at Ghetto Fighters House Museum
“What is it like to be a student in the Weiss-Livnat MA Program in Holocaust Studies?” is a question we receive a lot. Naturally, many of you are curious about our unique program, the students who participate in it, and the experiences they have living in Israel while attending the University of Haifa. With that in mind, we have begun a new tradition. Each year, a select student will take you on a journey through their one-year adventure in Haifa.
The inaugural series of A Year in the Life will highlight our student, Missy, who comes to us from Calgary, Canada. Missy received her BA degrees from Mount Royal University in Calgary, one in History and one in Psychology. She was selected to intern for the United Nations and worked at the UN Headquarters in New York and in Seoul, South Korea. She also worked for the Provincial Government of Quebec in the Ministry of Women, Communication & Culture. Missy is a former beauty pageant contestant. She was chosen to compete in Miss. Universe Canada and placed as a Top 20 Semi-Finalist.
“I am always amazed when I look back at my life and reflect on all of the stars that had to align for me to be where I am today. Despite my move to a new country filled with its fair share of challenges and turbulence, I am grateful that the stars led me to the Weiss-Livnat Holocaust Studies Program.
When I arrived in September, I had the remarkable opportunity to live with an Israeli family for two weeks, before moving into the University Residence. It was during Sukkot, and being in Israel during this meaningful holiday was such a wonderful experience. This holiday commemorates the years that Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates how God protected them under extremely tough conditions. The family that I stayed with has continued to be in touch with me, and I appreciate the kindness they have bestowed upon me. Continue reading
This past week, students of Cohort VII took part in an annual three-day seminar at one of our partner Holocaust institutions, the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum, known in Hebrew as, Beit Lohemai Haghetaot. Located on a Kibbutz less than thirty minutes away from Haifa, the museum was the first Holocaust museum established in the world in 1949 and is especially unique as it was also the first museum of its kind to be founded by Holocaust survivors themselves. Here, one of our students, Lottie Kestenbaum, wrote about her experiences during the seminar.
“I have wanted to visit the Ghetto Fighters’ House for a while and am thrilled that my first time at the museum was with my classmates as it gave us the opportunity to discuss the Holocaust outside of a formal classroom setting. However, what impacted me the most from the seminar was the fact that unlike other Holocaust museums, the GFH was built by survivors themselves who established a space on their kibbutz for people to come together and learn about the Holocaust, both their experiences and the genocide as a whole. The founders of the kibbutz were the original curators, tour guides and educators in the museum. Even though almost all of the original founders of the kibbutz have passed away, I felt that I was walking through the museum with Antek Zuckerman and Chavka Folman- Raban, two of the founders, as my personal guides. The presence of these founders was felt both throughout the museum and the kibbutz. We were not only learning about history but were walking through it as well.”
Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum
Welcome Cohort VII
We are excited to welcome our new students of Cohort VII! They’ve come from countries all over the world – Spain, Germany, US, Australia, and Ireland – to name a few. We pride ourselves on our multidisciplinary approach to Holocaust Studies, which is highlighted by the diversity of our student’s academic backgrounds – whether it’s playwriting or linguistics, history or communications – our students bring a fresh take on how Holocaust Studies are defined today. Continue reading
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Rachel Perry has been honored as one of four laureates to receive The Ina and Michael Rogatchi Foundation’s Award for 2018 Humanist of the Year. Dr. Perry, the Weiss-Livnat’s resident art-historian expert and lecturer received the award for her work as the chief curator of the University of Haifa’s exhibition, Arrivals, Departures: The Oscar Ghez Collection.
Founded in 2004 by writer, scholar, and film-maker Inna Rogatchi and her husband renowned artist Michael Rogatchi, The Rogatchi Foundation has several aims including a focus on education, preservation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage, and providing help and support to cancer patients, the elderly, and children in need. It also promotes the arts and special cultural and educational ‘Outreach to Humanity’ projects globally. The Rogatchi Family have been founders of the internationally acclaimed Arts Against Cancer (AAC) culture charity whose Honorary Chairman was Mstislav Rostropovich.