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First Graduate Program in Israel for Holocaust Studies

The first Israeli graduate studies program in Holocaust studies is opening next at Haifa University for students from around the world.

The three-semester program for English speakers allows students to access to Holocaust archives in Israel, Germany and Poland. The program is being headed by Prof. Aryeh J. Kochavi, head of the Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa and a prominent scholar of World War II, diplomatic history of the 20th century and prisoners of war.

Holocaust Studies has emerged as a central field of scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences as Holocaust memory has become a global phenomenon, while many questions in Holocaust Studies still remain unanswered.

The recent opening of archives in Eastern Europe of newly uncovered documents has opened up opportunities for further research of the Holocaust as the number of survivors is rapidly dwindling and the number of Holocaust deniers grows.

The Haifa program will include study tours to Germany and Poland where the students will visit museums, archives and historical sites.

The course includes the history of World War II and Nazi Germany, the Nazi policy of extermination, Polish Jewry in the interwar period; social history during the Holocaust period, psychological aspects of Holocaust trauma, international law and genocide, and representations of the Holocaust in European novels and movies.

The Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial Center, the Ghetto Fighter’s House museum in Israel and academic institutions in Poland and Germany are participating in the Haifa University program.

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