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Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies



The Weiss-Livnat International MA  Program in Holocaust Studies is a branch of the Weiss-Livnat International Center for Holocaust Research and Education - a center dedicated to perpetuating academic scholarship while also preserving Holocaust memory and awareness. Our MA program is the only graduate studies program of its kind in the world. With a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the Holocaust, we offer our students a wide range of courses in the disciplines of History, Anthropology, Psychology, Education, and the Arts taught by leading scholars in the field. In one year, our students attain the knowledge and skills to continue in academia or set out on a career path in Holocaust education or commemoration.

New Publication
Sites of Tension: Shifts in Holocaust Memory in Relation to Antisemitism and Political Contestation in Europe

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Holocaust memory in Europe is shifting and diversifying, often in conflicting ways. This report is the culmination of a comparative multidisciplinary study aimed at exploring shifts in Holocaust memory in five European countries that played very different roles during the Holocaust, and whose post-WWII histories differed too: Poland, Hungary, Germany, England and Spain.

The study took place from 2019-2022 and offers a snapshot of Holocaust memory at the start of the 21st century. In addition to the rise of far-right political parties, antisemitic incidents and crises around immigration and refugees, this period was also overshadowed by the Covid pandemic and its ensuing economic instability.

Our central guiding question was: How do experiences of the present relate to the memory of the Holocaust? Do they supersede it, leading to the gradual fading from memory of the mass-murder that shook the twentieth century? Do they reshape it, shedding new light on its lessons? Is the meaning assigned to present-day events shaped by its metaphors and symbols, or perhaps the present and the past engage in multidirectional dialogue over diverse memory platforms?


Editors: Nurit S. Novis-Deutsch, Shmuel Lederman, Tracy Adams, Arieh J. Kochavi

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On March 10, 2024, the National Holocaust Museum was inaugurated in Amsterdam with the participation of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, President of the State of Israel Isaac Herzog, and Honorary Doctor of Haifa University Doron Livant, co-founder of the Weiss Livant MA Program in Holocaust studies.

In the museum, a floor is dedicated to the memory of Yitzhak Livnat, after whom the program was named and donated by his son Doron Livnat.


2023 Weiss-Livnat Alumni Traveling Seminar

image002 5The Weiss-Livnat alumni traveling seminar is a new initiative of the Weiss-Livnat Center for Holocaust Commemoration and Education, aimed to provide alumni with the opportunity to gain new perspectives on current trends in Holocaust education and commemoration. During the seminar, the participants visited various sites of remembrance, museums, and research institutions, guided by experts and scholars, allowing them to acquire new knowledge and insight into the behind-the-scenes of the different institutions and understand their daily challenges. Furthermore, the seminar provided opportunities for the participants to share experiences, generate discussions, understand each other’s areas of focus, foster connections and collaborations, and ultimately inspire continued work, research, and commemoration of the Holocaust.



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We believe the Holocaust should be taught from a multidisciplinary perspective and offer a range of courses in the fields of History, Anthropology, Psychology, Education, and the Arts.

Art in Extremis: Creative Resistance During the Holocaust Final Projects

In this semester’s course “Art in Extremis: Creative Resistance during the Holocaust” we surveyed the complex and varied responses artists had to their circumstances as victims and witnesses in exile and in hiding, in the camps and ghettos. We explored how art was used as both a means of documentation and as a way to communicate protest, despair or hope. Instead of writing a final paper, students curated their own digital art exhibitions, using objects, images, and text, reflecting on modes of presentation and installation as well as questions of ethics and audience. Some projects focused on motifs or themes (such as games or time), others on genres. Some are centered on art created by certain groups (such as women or children) while others study art created in certain localities (Terezin, Stuttgart or Jasenovac). They incorporated both “high” art and popular culture, coerced and clandestine work, by artists who survived as well as those who perished. The following are some of the students’ proposed exhibitions:

The Oscar Ghez Collection

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Our students have the chance to participate in exclusive internships in Israel, Europe, and the United States.

Meet Our Alumni

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Hana Green


PhD Candidate, Clark University


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Chenda Seang


Educator, Documentation Center of Cambodia 

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Omri Galperin


Documentary Filmmaker


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Esther Selman


Creator, Without the Footnote Podcast


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199 Aba Khoushy Ave.
Mount Carmel, Haifa
Israel 3498838
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