PROGRAM: YAD VASHEM-USHMM Symposium on Holocaust Research, Jerusalem, 2/20-21/2017

February 14, 2017

FEBRUARY 20-21, 2017

Symposium on Holocaust Research

Yad Vashem, Mount of Remembrance, Jerusalem


Monday, February 20


Afternoon session: The State of Academic Research on the Holocaust Today: Insights, Challenges and Nurturing the Future - Roundtable Discussion


13:00 to 17:30 | Graduate students and junior scholars from all universities and research institutions are welcome | RSVP to | This session is not open to the general public |


Participants: Havi Dreifuss, Tel Aviv University, Krista Hegburg, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Elana Heideman, Israel Forever Foundation, Arieh Kochavi, University of Haifa, Dan Michman, Yad Vashem, Iael Nidam Orvieto, Yad Vashem, Dalia Ofer, Hebrew University, Dina Porat, Yad Vashem


Keynote Lecture: Mothers and Daughters in the Holocaust, Sara R. Horowitz, Professor of Comparative Literature, York University


Moderated by Dan Michman, Yad Vashem, with a response by Dina Porat, Yad Vashem


18:00 | Free and open to the public | RSVP at


Tuesday, February 21


9:00 to 16:30 | Free and open to the public | Lunch buffet will be provided | Full schedule and RSVP at


Panel 1: New Historiographies of the Holocaust


Between Religious Life and the Life of the Religious Havi Dreifuss, Tel Aviv University


Nazi Reactions to the Przytyk Pogrom (1936-1942) Idit Gil, The Open University


Respondent:  Hagit Lavsky, University of Haifa (invited)


Panel 2: The Turn to the East


Refugees without Refuge: The Warsaw Ghetto Lea Prais, Yad Vashem


The Creation and Liquidation of the Kishinev Ghetto, 1941-42 Paul A. Shapiro, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Respondent: David Silberklang, Yad Vashem


Panel 3: The Memory of Memory and the Future for Survivors


“Iran’s Children” in the Shadow of World War II Orly Rahimiyan, Ben Gurion University


Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust Abraham Sagi-Schwartz, University of Haifa


The Survivor as Educator: The Impact of Momentary Survival in the Transmission of Holocaust Memory Elana Heideman, Israel Forever Foundation


Respondent: Sara R. Horowitz


The proceedings will be held in English with simultaneous translation.


This program has been co-organized by the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem,  the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Heideman-Greenberg Fellows for Holocaust Research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Funding for the Symposium has been provided by Phyllis Greenberg Heideman and Richard D. Heideman. The Symposium is taking place through the generous support of the Gutwirth Family Fund at Yad Vashem.



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