The International School for Holocaust Studies
“This Journey is the Most Significant Experience in My Life”
Interview with author Daniel Mendelsohn, author of “The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million”
Professor Daniel Mendelsohn was born in 1960 and currently lives in Manhattan. Mendelsohn is an author, a researcher, and a literary scholar specializing in the classical period. He has a PHD from Princeton, is academically active and heads the Charles Ranlett Flint Humanities Department at Bard College. He also works as a columnist and book critic for the New Yorker, New York Times, The New York Review of Books and Esquire. He has written a number of award and praise winning books which were translated into many languages, among them the book “The Lost – a Search for Six out of Six Millions” which chronicles his search for his family members who were murdered in the Holocaust.
"Tell Us What You See"
Interview with Professor Dori Laub
Professor Dori Laub is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University and a psychoanalyst in private practice. In 1979 he co-founded the Holocaust Survivors' Film Project, Inc., which subsequently became the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale. Dori Laub has published and lectured extensively on the Holocaust. He has participated in 127 taping sessions, has actively trained interviewers in affiliate projects, and has written extensively about survivor testimony. His work on trauma has recently extended to studies on survivors of "ethnic cleansing" in Bosnia and of other genocides, and has led to his founding of the International Trauma Center. We interviewed Professor Laub on the topic of interviewing survivors and obtaining testimony.
In this section, we feature some Holocaust-related literature that may be of interest to educators and the general public.
What's New at the International School for Holocaust Studies
Witnesses and Testimony – Special Interview Issue
Shalom and welcome to the 34rd issue of Teaching the Legacy.
In the foreword to his last book, “The Drowned and the Saved”, Primo Levi refers to a dream that has become the nightmare of many prisoners: “[M]any survivors […] remember that the SS militiamen cynically enjoyed admonishing the prisoners: ‘However this war may end, we have won the war against you; none of you will be left to bear witness, but even if someone were to survive, the world would not believe him.' Strangely enough, this same thought […] arose in the form of nocturnal dreams produced by the prisoners’ despair.” Read more...
“If There Are Individuals and They Speak – Their Duty Is to Speak Not Only about Themselves”
Interview with Professor Israel Gutman
Professor Israel Gutman was born in Warsaw in 1923 and was a member of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement, the Jewish underground resistance in Warsaw, and the Jewish Combat Organization in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. He was a prisoner at the Majdanek, Auschwitz, and Mauthausen concentration camps. Between 1993 and 1996, he headed the International Institute for Holocaust Research, and between 1996 and 2000, he was Chief Historian in Yad Vashem and later served as academic advisor. He was a member of the Yad Vashem committee, the International Institute for Holocaust Research, the Yad Vashem Scientific Committee, and member of Yad Vashem Studies Periodical Editorial Staff. Professor Gutman was the academic advisor of the new Holocaust History Museum, opened in 2005. We met Professor Israel Gutman for an interview about his life during the Holocaust and about the concept of testimony. Read More
"What Has Been is Not What Will Be" - The educational significance of testimony in an age without survivors
Interview with Shulamit Imber
What will the study of the Holocaust look like for a generation without living witnesses? What makes the encounter between students and those witnesses a unique one? And how can that uniqueness be preserved for the next generations? We interviewed Shulamit Imber, the Pedagogical Director of the International School for Holocaust Studies in Yad Vashem about the role of the witnesses in education and about the challenges facing teachers and educators at a time when students will not be able to hear directly from the survivors. Read More
The Holocaust: An Introduction
(MOOC – Massive Open Online Course)
The Holocaust was an inconceivable historical event, which forever robbed Western culture of its innocence. As civilized human beings, we fail to understand how events of such horror could have taken place, and how an idea so inhumanly warped could have spread like wildfire through an entire continent, instigating the systematic annihilation of millions of Jews. This free online course was produced jointly by Tel Aviv University and Yad Vashem – the World Center for Holocaust Research. The course tracks the history of the Holocaust and has two parts. Read More…
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Editorial Board: Shulamit Imber, Eyal Kaminka, Dana Porath, Naama Shik
Editors: Jonathan Clapsaddle, Franziska Reiniger
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