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

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Current Students, Research, Uncategorized

Meet Our PhD Students

Michael GansMichael Gans, the United States

Michael Gans is Director of Cultural Competence for a Holocaust Survivor Program, a RCSWI, and PhD candidate researching abuse, homophobia, mass-genocide and the transference of transgenerational trauma. He has been invited to speak at Yad Vashem, several international universities and is a self-taught filmmaker whose film, Jew Street, won two major awards.  He is an adjunct lecturer and co-creator of the I-witness Holocaust Field School in which university students explore ways mass-genocide is memorialized in Europe. Through clinical social work, Michael seeks to help clients grow and re-story their personal, familial and national narratives rooted in their traumatic memory of abuse, homophobia, slavery, forced displacement, or genocide.


Dr. Ari Kochavi, Chairman

Dr. Tsafrir Goldberg


A rendezvous of shadows: Grandchildren of Holocaust victims, perpetrators, bystanders and heroes meet in the former Warsaw Ghetto


Holocaust memory—and the long shadow it casts, still traumatizes the children and grandchildren of Holocaust victims, perpetrators, bystanders, and heroes—and may even “haunt” their DNA.  A rendezvous of shadows uses questionnaires, personal interviews and two weeks of field observation in Poland to explore how the transmission of traumatic memory has structured individual and communal consciousness, and may then have served as the scaffolding on which the perceptions and identity, and the personal, familial and national narratives of a cohort of third-generation Holocaust survivors are constructed.  As heirs of a genocidal past, when these young Germans, Israelis, Poles and Ukrainians encounter each other during a two-week Summer Educational Program in the galleries of POLIN; a recently opened Jewish museum, built on the ruins of the former Warsaw Ghetto, how and in which way are their perceptions, identity, narratives and intergroup relations impacted?


LukasLukas Meissel, Austria

Lukas Meissel is a PhD candidate in Holocaust Studies at Haifa University, his doctoral project analyses photographs taken by SS men at concentration camps. He holds a Master’s degree in contemporary history from the University of Vienna, his final thesis was awarded the Herbert-Steiner-Anerkennungspreis 2015 by the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance. Prior to his doctoral studies he worked as a historian in the archives of the Jewish community of Vienna, alongside serving as a board member and deputy chairperson for GEDENKDIENST, a Vienna-based NGO dealing with Austrian contemporary history. He had also worked on projects on behalf of Yad Vashem in Vienna and as a volunteer in the Yad Vashem archives in Jerusalem. Since 2008 he had guided numerous study trips to memorial sites in Austria, Poland, Italy and Lithuania. His research interests focus on visual history, perpetrator studies, antisemitism, and Holocaust Education.


Prof. Amos Morris-Reich

Dr. Ofer Ashkenazi


SS-Photography in Nazi Concentration Camps. Genres and Meanings of Erkennungsdienst-Photographs


The PhD-project focuses on photographic practices in concentration camps, specifically photographs taken by SS-men of Erkennungsdienste (identification departments). These departments were responsible for the production of photographs for the camp administrations, higher SS-institutions and for SS-members. The images produced there include portraits of deportees, photos of prisoners conducting forced labor, construction sites and buildings in the camps, corpses of murdered inmates, events such as ceremonies or visits by delegations, as well as private photographs of SS-personnel. The aim of this project is to analyze the act of photographing in concentration camps and how the pictures taken there were used in their historical and cultural context.

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Faculty, Genocide Studies, Research, Uncategorized

Prof. Stefan Ihrig awarded book prize

Ihrig2016We are delighted to report that Professor Stefan Ihrig has been awarded the 2017 Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prize for excellence in Armenian Studies.

Stefan, who joined the faculty in 2016, was recognised by The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) for his book Justifying Genocide: Germany and the Armenians from Bismarck to Hitler (Harvard University Press).

Reacting to the announcement, Stefan said: “I am very humbled to be awarded the Sonia Aronian Prize and thank NAASR and my wonderful colleagues in the field of Armenian Studies.

“I have so far only spent a few years of my life working on the Armenian Genocide and yet they have been among the most meaningful of them all.”

Many congratulations, Stefan.


Alongside Stefan, Abraham Terian was also commended for his translation of a literary work, The Festal Works of St. Gregory of Narek: Annotated Translation of the Odes, Litanies, and Encomia (Pueblo Books).

The full story can be read here, courtesy of Armenian Weekly.

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Holocaust Movies, Holocaust Survivor, Research Forum, Uncategorized

There and Here

thereandhereIn a recent Research Forum, our students watched 2014 Israeli documentary There and Here, directed by Avida Livny.

There and Here tells the story of three former Israeli Air Force pilots and one former Israeli Air Force navigator. These four men all have something in common. They all survived the Holocaust as children and, since making it to Eretz Israel, tried to forget their European pasts and reinvent themselves as real Sabras. In this documentary, Shaya Harsit, Harry Klausner (Arieh Oz), Itzhak Birnbaum (Itzhak Biran), and Moshe Simigram (Simi Sa’ar) open up about their story of survival, their journeys to Israel, their desire to fit into the new nation and the challenges that accompanied doing so.

The film also shows their families and reveals a contrast between how they see themselves and how their families see them. While Shaya, Arieh, Itzhak, and Simi see themselves as having moved on and disassociated themselves from their histories as child Holocaust survivors, their families speak of difficulties and their realisation that something was different.

There and Here is a film which provides a fascinating insight to the experiences of survivors in Israel and reminds us of the struggles and triumphs of survivors after the Holocaust.

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Current Events, Current Students, Newsletter, Program News, Research, Uncategorized

Newsletter Fall 2017


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Fall 2017

We were happy to welcome this last October a group of new young students, who constitute our sixth Cohort. These students – from Israel, the U.S., Canada, England, Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, will be studying with us for the next 12 months, touring Holocaust related sites, interning at museums, schools and research centers and working on their own independent research. We look forward to sharing their meaningful year with you all in our blog and newsletters.
We are happy to share with you some of the highlights of the last few months, as well as to let you know what to expect in the coming months. We have a very exciting year ahead!Please let everyone know that we are now accepting applications for the 2018-19 academic year and are on the lookout for excellent and motivated students. Please share our newsletter and help us reach those who are committed to the research and study of the Holocaust.

Prof. Arieh J. Kochavi & Dr. Yael Granot-Bein

Program News

malloryCohort V Student Reflects on Her Life Changing Year

It has already been three months 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…

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Iternational Internship Announcement

Each year students of our program are encouraged to apply for our prestigious intenational 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 a scholarship 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!

jasmine_0Jasmine 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.

hana_1Hana 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_1-e1...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).



eugenia_1-e1...Mallory N., Cohort V
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.
Mallory will be completing a fellowship at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Her research is titled: “The British-American Diplomat and the Lithuanian Nationalist: The relationship of John Mazionis and Stasys Žakevičius during the years 1939-1961”.

roteminternshipRotem Zilber, Cohort IV
The Jewish Museum in Budapest

Rotem will be interning at the Jewish Museum in Budapest, focusing on Holocaust education. Rotem, a teacher, will enhance her skills as a teacher by working in a different cultural setting




hirshDr. David Hirsh Speaks about Contemporary Left Antisemitism

The Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies had the pleasure of hosting Dr. David Hirsh, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, who spoke about the subject matter of his new book: Contemporary Left Antisemitism. Hirsh’s book covers a range of issues surrounding contemporary left antisemitism in the United Kingdom…

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mallindAlumni Activities

Congratulations to Mallory (Cohort V) and Lindsay Shapiro (Cohort III) who recently presented their research at the Seventh International Conference for Jewish Studies Researchers in Warsaw. Mallory’s presentation was titled “Through the Decades: The Jewish Perception of the Great Provocation and its Aftermath”, and Lindsay presented on “Polish Immigration to Israel during the Polish Anti-Zionist Campaign 1967-1970”.

Welcoming Cohort VI


On 12 November, Doron Livnat, the son of Yitzhak Livnat, and his wife Marian visited and welcomed Cohort VI to the program. Regrettably, this is the first cohort since the creation of our program who did not have the opportunity to hear Yitzhak speak. We are so thankful to have had Yitzhak as a dear friend and partner.

The Livnat family, through their generosity, continues to impact our program and students. Their annual donation allows students from different countries to spend a year in Israel and dedicate their time and energy to researching the Holocaust. We are forever grateful to Honorary Dr. Livnat and his wife Marian for their continued support. We will never forget Yitzhak and his legacy and promise to carry it on.

Holocaust Survivor Micha Gelber and his wife also joined Doron and Marian. Micha shared his story with Cohort VI.

Read Micha Gelber’s story here

Meet Cohort VI

malloryOlga Kartashova, Russia

MA in Comparative History and Jewish studies at the Central European University in Budapest.

My main interests in the field are the history of the Holocaust in Poland and in the USSR and its aftermath, memorialization, politics of memory, mythology, historiography, and war crimes trials in Eastern Europe.

I am interested in how Jewish, Polish and Soviet agencies together with Nuremberg Tribunal formed the memory of Holocaust and helped to remember/forget the crimes connected to Nazi death camps in Poland.

malloryAndreea Camelia Tudor, Romania

B.A English and Romanian literature, University of Bucharest; MA in Jewish Studies, Paidea University, Sweden.

Everything started with a poem. I was a first year Bachelor’s student studying literature at the University of Bucharest and I came across Paul Celan’s famous Death Fugue. I had read it thousands times before, but did not internalize it until that moment of clarity. My interpretative lenses changed in that moment. I was repeating and combining the phrases and realized how vividly Holocaust imagery plays in my head. Years passed by and I found myself driving indirectly towards researching the Holocaust in Romania.

Read more about Olga and Andreea here

What to Expect This Year


The Ghez Collection Catalogue and Exhibition

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.

jagieJagiallonian University

Our program enjoys a close cooperation with the Jagiallonian University in Krakow, Poland. We have hosted Dr. Edyta Gawron for a series of lectures on the Jews of Poland and our students were hosted by Dr. Ewa Wegrzyn and her students. This year through the EU program of Erasmus, we will host professors from the Jagiallonian University and facilitate student’s exchange between the two institutions.

NYjewishHeritage Museum

We are pleased to share with you our new partnership with the Jewish Heritage Museum in New York. From 2018 students will have the opportunity to undertake 4-8 week internships at the Jewish Heritage Museum in New York as well as at their partner institution, the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Poland or New York.

coursesMulti-disciplinary Courses

As well as providing our students with a strong historical foundation of the Holocaust, students of our multi-disciplinary program have the opportunity to enrol in a wide range of courses that cover a number of academic approaches. Some of the multidisciplinary courses offered to our students this year are…

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ihrig2016Faculty Feature: Prof. Stefan Ihrig

Professor Stefan Ihrig received his BA degree in Law and Politics at the Queen Mary University in London, his MA degree in History, Turcology and Political Science at the Free University of Berlin and his PhD in History at the University of Cambridge….

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s200_carol.k...Faculty Feature: Dr. Carol Kidron

Dr. Carol A. Kidron is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Haifa. She teaches Anthropology of Memory, Trauma and Commemoration in the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies…

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Faculty, Genocide Studies, Holocaust Survivor, Research, Uncategorized

Faculty Feature: Dr. Carol Kidron

s200_carol.kidronDr. Carol Kidron is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Haifa. She teaches Anthropology of Memory, Trauma and Commemoration in the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies.

At the start of her career, Dr. Kidron researched the collective memory and transmitted trauma of second and third generation Holocaust survivors. She then began to compare it with other groups who suffered genocide to assess whether or not the way Jews approach the memory and commemoration of the Holocaust is universal. Dr. Kidron closely examines the case of Cambodia. She found that there is a very different view among descendants of survivors of the Cambodian Genocide and descendants of Holocaust survivors. Overall, Dr. Kidron found that many Cambodians are disinterested in the genocide. Dr. Kidron attributes this in part to Buddhism’s role in their lives. Contrary to Judaism, Buddhism is not so concerned with the past and stresses the importance of the present and the future. Under the Buddhist perspective, one should accept their karma and move forward. Furthermore, through the Buddhist perspective, the suffering of the genocide is not different to other instances of suffering and therefore does not hold an overly special place in the collective memory of Cambodians.

Despite this perspective, there are still many memorial sites around the country. However, Dr. Kidron argues, these are not primarily set up as places of memory for Cambodians themselves, but rather for the international-Western community (including tourists) who are expecting to see a discourse which perpetuates the message of “never again”.

In her multi-disciplinary course Anthropology of Memory, Trauma and Commemoration, Dr. Kidron teaches about the role of the commemoration of traumatic pasts in the person-private and public-collective works of culture. The course explores themes relating to the anthropology of memory, traumatic memory and commemoration and examines the following concepts: representation, history, genocidal trauma, personal and collective memory, testimony and witnessing, and survivorhood. Dr. Kidron says that teaching the course is fascinating for her and that she enjoys the multicultural classroom. For Dr. Kidron, because of the diversity of our students, it is interesting to hear students’ views and critiques.

We are fortunate to have Dr. Kidron as part of our faculty and to contribute to the success of the program’s multi-disciplinary nature. We are looking forward to seeing how our students enjoy her course this coming spring.

To read Dr. Kidron’s article about Jewish-Israeli Holocaust and Canadian-Cambodian genocide legacies click here and to read her article about the presence of the past in the everyday life of Holocaust survivors and their descendants click here.

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