Alumni, Holocaust Education, Holocaust Internship, Research, Uncategorized

Alumni Feature

תמונת-ראש-נעהNoa Gidron

Cohort I

Thesis: Jews saving Jews – Individual Initiatives during the Holocaust, 1939-1945

Experience: Volunteer at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Archive since October 2014.


  • Gidron, N. “Jewish Physicians rescuing Jews during the Holocaust, 1939-1945” at the 17th Nahariya Conference on Medicine and the Holocaust


profile Madene ShacharMadene Shachar

Cohort II

Research interests: Holocaust education, Holocaust remembrance, Holocaust and the Museum Space



  • Sadan, M. & Shachar, M. (January, 2017) Educational Programs Based on Child Survivor Video Testimonies in Yad Layeled Children’s Holocaust Museum. Presentation at conference on “Localization of Videotaped Testimonies of Victims of National Socialism in Educational Programs, Vienna, Austria.
  • Shachar, M. (July, 2016). Holocaust Education in the Museum Space: An Israeli Perspective. Presentation at a conference on “A Primary or Secondary Concern? Holocaust Education in Schools in the 21stCentury: Current Practices, Potentials and Ways Forward, Loughborough, England.
  • Shachar, M. (June, 2016). Educational Programs Based on Child Survivor Video Testimonies in Yad LaYeled Children’s Holocaust Museum. Presentation at a conference on “Jewish Culture Heritage: Project, Methods, and Inspirations”. Warsaw, Poland.
  • Shachar, M. (June, 2014). Agency in Media: Constructing the Israeli Narrative. Presentation at a conference “Genocide at Prime Time: The Holocaust on TV”, Vienna, Austria.
  • Mayer, G. Shachar, M. (May, 2014). ”Objects In Historical Discourse: the Holocaust and Zionism”. Presentation at a conference on Materials of Jewish Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY.



  • Shachar, M. (in press). Educational Programs Based on Child Survivor Video Testimonies in Yad LaYeled Children’s Holocaust Museum. In Claus-Christian W. Szejnmann, Paul Cowan, James Griffiths (Eds.) Holocaust Education in Primary Schools in the 21st Century: Current Practices, Potentials and Ways Forward. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Shachar, M. & Sadan, M (in press). Educational Programs Based on Child Survivor Video Testimonies. In Localization of Videotaped Testimonies of Victims of National Socialism in Educational Programs (Vol. 4). Vienna: Stiftung „Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft” (EVZ). This is an on-line publication series:
  • Shachar, M. (in press). Agency in Media: Constructing the Israeli Narrative: The Ghetto Fighters’ House Trilogy Project. In Judith Keilbach (Ed.), Genocide at Prime Time: The Holocaust on TV. Vienna: New Academic Press.
  • Shachar, M. & Ben-Peretz, M. (2012). The Role of Experiential Learning in Holocaust Education (2012). Social and Education History 1(1) p. 5-27.

Educational Material

  • Coming of Age during the Holocaust: Coming of Age Now (2008). Co-writer of six Israel-based biographies. The Coming of Age curriculum is a project of the Museum of Jewish Heritage (New York) in collaboration with Yad LaYeled – The Ghetto Fighters’ Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum in Israel. Available on-line:
  • Dreams Within the Walls (2006)– Educational Kit for Elementary and Middle Schools – translation to English and writing of the Introduction, Bibliography and additional pedagogical material for the English version. The Ghetto Fighters’ House.


DianaDiana Schuemann

Cohort IV

Research interests: Development of the Final Solution as well as in Holocaust Education, specifically in Israel and Visual Arts and the Holocaust/ Genocides (such as Performative Arts – Dance)

Thesis: Dance as an educational tool for teaching about the Shoah in Israeli high schools

Experience: Intern at Jewish Museum of Budapest

Interested in applying for our MA in Holocaust Studies Program?  You can find the application and more information at our website:

Current Students, Holocaust Internship, Program News, Research, Special Projects, Uncategorized

The Ghez Collection Catalogue Released Online

Ghez Collection Catalogue

In 1978 Dr. Oscar Ghez, a Swiss art collector, donated his collection of works of art by artists who perished in the Holocaust to the University of Haifa. Consisting of paintings, watercolours, drawings and scultures, the collection includes over 130 works by 18 artists who lived and worked in Paris before the Holocaust. Arrested by the Nazis and their French collaborators, many of these artists were interned in the transit camps of Drancy, Gurs, Compiègne before being deported East to death camps. Ghez conceived of the collection as a memorial to artists who perished in the Holocaust, but it is also an important record of their lives and creativity.

In 2017 the students of Cohort V worked with Dr. Rachel Perry, researching these 18 artists and compiling a new catalogue of their works.

We are proud to share the digital version of the catalogue, which is available to view online here.


In the Spring of 2018 we are excited to be opening an exhibition of the Ghez Collection of Jewish Artists Who Perished in the Holocaust in the Hecht Museum at the University of Haifa. Students of Cohort VI will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Rachel Perry as an internship curating and installing the exhibition.

Interested in applying for our MA in Holocaust Studies Program?  You can find the application and more information at our website:

Current Students, Genocide Studies, Holocaust Internship, Internships, Program News, Uncategorized

International Internships Announcement

Each year students of our program are encouraged to apply for our prestigious international internships. They are an amazing opportunity for our students to gain professional, hands-on experience while networking, paving the way for their future careers in the field of Holocaust Studies. Students are given $1,500 from the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies to help cover their accommodation and airfares. We are proud to announce the students who will be undertaking our internships this academic year!

meinternshipJasmine Munn-McDonnell, Cohort V

The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, London

What inspired you to apply for our international internships and what makes you most excited about interning at the Wiener Library in London?

I would have been crazy to not apply for this round of international internships. One of the things that most attracted me to this program before applying was the partnerships with world-class museums and institutions. To gain professional experience abroad on top of the MA was an opportunity that was not to be missed! I am excited to intern at the Wiener Library specifically because it has such a rich and fascinating history. The library was founded in 1933 and was in operation during the Holocaust. The library’s mission today of supporting research, learning, teaching and advocacy about the Holocaust and genocide is important and something that I am passionate about. And, needless to say, I am excited to spend five weeks living in London!

What kind of work will you be doing at the Wiener Library?

At the library, I will be working on numerous projects. I will be working with the Library’s social media and helping with the launch of their new website and Facebook page. I will be in London for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and at that time of year, the Library holds a debate for young people, which I will be helping to formulate questions for. Also while I am interning, the Library and the University of London are running a conference entitled Beyond Camps and Forced Labour: Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution, which is something that I will be helping out with.

HanaHana Green, Cohort V

Virginia Holocaust Museum, Richmond

Hana will be working under the supervision of the museum’s Senior Historian, Dr. Charles Sydnor, and with Director of Education, Megan Ferenczy, on several educational projects and educational outreach programs. Additionally, she will be helping out with tours and the ongoing care and upgrading of exhibits during her time at the Virginia Holocaust Museum


Eugenia Mihalcea, Cohort V

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw

Eugenia will be working on a project at the museum that involves using oral testimony from the USC Shoah Foundation to create IWalks (video segments that can be used on guided tours to provide historical context to sites).

MalloryMallory N., Cohort V

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.

Mallory will be completing a fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.


Rotem Zilber, Cohort IV

The Jewish Museum in Budapest






We wish our students luck in their endeavours abroad!

Interested in applying for our MA in Holocaust Studies Program?  You can find the application and more information at our website:

Alumni, Current Students, Holocaust Education, Holocaust Internship, Internships

Cohort V Student reflects on her year in the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies


Cohort V Student Mallory

It has already been a month since we said goodbye to Cohort V. Our student Mallory reflects on her life changing year, shares her plans for the future, and gives advice for the students of Cohort VI, who we have the pleasure of welcoming to Haifa later this month.

What were some of your highlights from the past year?

Highlights from the past year circled around learning from the wonderful professors who are instrumental in the field of the Holocaust. Every single professor has a unique teaching style and they all have their own niche. I can only wish we had more time with them! Another major highlight was to see classmates grow into colleagues. Meaning, I look forward to the next few years, staying in touch to learn who earned what job position, or doctorate, or where they will be speaking next – or, how I can get an advanced copy of their amazing book or article! I am certain there are some of us who, because of the education we received at Haifa, will contribute greatly to the new generation of Holocaust academics. We have experienced something special and I think that experience will sustain for years to come.

What impact has the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies had on your life?

The impact of this Program will continue to reverberate in my life for years to come but for now, the greatest impact has been the chance to grow as an academic with those interested in this field. The discussions in and out of class were thought provoking and unique. Moreover, the networking and introduction to possibilities that extend beyond the classroom such as internships and fellowships are the start to my academic career, and a strong one at that. It is only through the Program that such a firm foundation could have been built.

What advice do you have for the students of Cohort VI and beyond?

Seek out, and take advantage of, every opportunity beyond the classroom hours. The professors have dedicated office time, are responsive to email, and will help you flourish in your writing and thinking more than you could imagine. Additionally, the internships and fellowships that are granted exclusively to us are incredible – APPLY! More practically, find a study schedule and stick to it, but remember that you’re in a once in a lifetime opportunity both academically – and geographically! Study, but travel, too. That said, don’t forget why you’re here. You wanted to earn a degree – so earn it. Do the homework, contribute to class dialogue, and enjoy your time. (But definitely travel.)

What are your plans for the future?

My only aim is to finish my thesis. I think once I find myself close to completing that goal, more opportunities and ideas will crop up. In the meantime, it’s research, research, and writing!

Interested in applying for our MA in Holocaust Studies Program?  You can find the application and more information at our website

Holocaust Internship, Internships

Internship Experience at the Jewish Museum in Berlin


Wei with a pair of women’s shoes found in Auschwitz from Shanghai

One of our students, Wei Zhang, from China has recently completed an internship with the Jewish Museum in Berlin. His research revolved around Jews in Shanghai during the Holocaust. Wei helped the museum translate documents from Chinese to German and English, bringing to life stories that were otherwise lost in archives. He’s written about some of his experiences in the museum’s blog. Here’s the link to the blog post:


Wei has also written about his experience through our blog, read more here:

Current Students, Holocaust Internship, Volunteer Work

Alexa talks about AMCHA


Q: What will you be doing at with AMCHA?
A: At AMCHA, I will be working one on one with a Holocaust survivor. Visiting and spending time with them once a week. It’s an opportunity for survivors to develop a new connection with someone and for me it’s a huge privilege to hear their story.

Q: What makes you most excited to be working with AMCHA ?
A: AMCHA is a very special organization that does a huge service to Holocaust survivors and their children, the opportunity to develop a working relationship with them is a rare opportunity.

Q: What brought you working with AMCHA?
A: I was attracted to working with AMCHA for personal reasons. My grandmother was a Holocaust survivor and I was lucky to have had the chance to spend time with her in her later years after I moved to Israel. She passed away two years ago, but I will always treasure our time together. To meet and spend time with another survivor, someone else’s grandmother, is not only an amazing learning opportunity but also an opportunity to do something good for my soul.

Q: Who will you be working with? or who would you like to volunteer with?
A: The volunteer coordinator at AMCHA has been very helpful in pairing me with a survivor who can help with my thesis research. My area of study within Holocaust research is on the psychological impact of the Holocaust for women on motherhood and family life post Holocaust. I have been set up with a female survivor who is open to discussing this topic with me. This is a primary resource that I could never have found elsewhere.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: AMCHA is a wonderful organization dedicated to providing counseling and trauma services for Holocaust survivors and their children. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with them.

Interested in applying for our MA in Holocaust Studies Program?  You can find the application and more information at our website

Holocaust Internship, Internships

Eugenia talks about her Internship at Yad Vashem


Eugenia | Romania | BA in Journalism from Hyperion University and BA in Jewish Studies in from University of Bucharest | MA in Hebrew Culture and Civilization from the University of Bucharest | Cohort V

Q: What will you be doing at Yad Vashem?
A: The project I am working with is called Deportations of Jews – a Yad Vashem project that started in 2007. The International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem has been studying the organized deportations of Jews as an extensive phenomenon. The resulting database will reconstruct all the transports that took place during the Holocaust from territories of the Third Reich, from countries under German occupation, from the Axis states and from the satellite states.
I am working on documents in Romanian, identifying all the relevant material about the transports from Romania during the Holocaust.

Q: What makes you most excited to be working at Yad Vashem?
A: As an MA student at the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa I had the opportunity to meet Professors and Researchers from Yad Vashem. They lectured about different topics on the Holocaust and WWII, how to read articles from an analytical point of view, how to write and much more. At Yad Vashem, I’m learning how to research on a new level.
Last but not least, the project Deportations is interesting and challenging. We have a blank map and an enormous database that helps us fill it with content. The database has been constructed from a wide variety of: documents, research, legal material, survivors’ testimonies and memoirs. And we connect them creating the journey of Jews from the moment they were thrown out from their home in a tiny village or town till the moment they ended up in a camp.

Q: What brought you working with Yad Vashem?
A: MA students at the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies have this amazing internship opportunity and many others. For an MA student who wants to do research in the future this is the normal path to follow.  

Q: Who will you be working with?
A: Dr. Joel Zisenwine is the Project Director. He and Ms. Aviv Shashar, the Project Coordinator and Researcher, are the ones who guide me as an intern.  

Q: What is your area of specialty within Holocaust Studies?
A: I am interested in Memory Studies, working mainly on testimonies of Holocaust survivors from Transnistria. I started my research at the “Elie Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania as an intern.  

Interested in applying for our MA in Holocaust Studies Program?  You can find the application and more information at our website