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SimonGoldbergSimon Goldberg

This thesis explores the expressions of personal collapse articulated by Holocaust victims inside deportation trains. Looking at transport through both a historical and a literary lens, it examines letters written on trains to concentration and death camps alongside Israeli Dan Pagis’ “Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway Car.” An interdisciplinary examination of Holocaust transport also enables a reflection on what each discipline cannot do in isolation, and as such what each lens—the poem and the letters—brings the other.

 

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Noa GidronNoa Gidron

The focal point of this paper is Jews acting on their own initiative to save lives while trapped in the Nazi regime during the war years 1939-1945. The paper presents a complete picture of this phenomenon by reviewing and classifying separate events of rescue initiatives by individual Jews: Educators and caregivers who tried to save children; Functionaries in the camps who used their positions to save others; Rescue initiatives of medical crews; Private initiatives to rescue through smuggling and immigration; Rescuing in family camps based in forests and the rescue activities of individual prisoners targeted at fellow prisoners.

 

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Ronnen Harran

Ronnen Harran

This research attempts to delve into the details below the surface, both during the period preceding the uprising and the period following it. On the one hand, it traces the preceding events, the establishment and execution of the gunpowder smuggling activity and reevaluates them, and on the other hand it delineates the German investigation that followed the uprising, which led to the imprisonment of four Jewish women and to their execution – all while evaluating multiple testimonies and documents, some of which have not yet been subjected to research.

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GabrielMayerGabriel Mayer

This thesis entails an examination of three prominent Holocaust museums: Yad Vashem and Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum (GFH) in Israel and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. The research work included a number of interviews with individuals closely linked and involved during the developmental stages of each museum, along with examination of internal documents, whenever available. The museums were seen as representing an ethos, mostly shared as regards Holocaust narrativization, while the artifacts-individually and as items of acquisition and collections-addressed ethnos, relayed individual agency and represented personalized narrativization.

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AmiraMintzMorgenthauAmira Mintz-Morgenthau

It was not until the late 1980s that serious scholarship on the Holocaust and its memorial culture began to take shape. It was not until that same decade that the very existence of the Roma genocide was recognized. It is therefore little wonder that the study of the genocide and its commemoration did not emerge until much later. The inauguration of the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism in 2012 in Berlin is a critical event in this process. 

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NataliNatali Beige

This research attempts to delve into the details below the surface, both during the period preceding the uprising and the period following it. On the one hand, it traces the preceding events, the establishment and execution of the gunpowder smuggling activity and reevaluates them, and on the other hand it delineates the German investigation that followed the uprising, which led to the imprisonment of four Jewish women and to their execution – all while evaluating multiple testimonies and documents, some of which have not yet been subjected to research.

 

NaomiSchusterNaomi Schuster

The study begins with a brief outline of the history of the masa to Poland from the Carmel Zvulun Regional High School located on Kibbutz Yagur. It then continues to explore the possible ways in which kibbutz ideological principles and Zionist values have been transmitted to the current generation of kibbutznikim. The next section of the thesis is focused on understanding the impact the masa has on the students born and raised on the kibbutz as compared to non-kibbutz participants from the regional high school. The final chapter examines the patterns of Holocaust commemoration throughout Israel’s history.

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AlineAline Pennewaard

Three transport lists from the Netherlands are analyzed in order to determine a pattern in which the Nazis deported the Dutch Jews: the first transport on July 15, 1942; the first transport to Sobibór on March 2, 1943 and the last transport of 1943, the one on November 16, 1943. The transport lists were used for the book In memoriam l’zecher (1995), which contains all the names of the 104.000 Dutch Jews who didn’t return from the concentration camps. The 102 transport lists have never been studied together as a whole.

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Leah HansenLeah Hansen

This thesis first reconstructs the Filmbühne itself, including who attended the film screenings, what was shown, the cinema’s function within the larger Kulturbund organization, and why the Nazi authorities allowed it to exist. The following chapter analyzes diaries, essays, and letters of personal correspondence in order to determine how individual German Jews interacted with the cinema. The final chapter is devoted to the ways in which films were presented to the Jewish community in Germany through film reviews in the Jüdisches Nachrichtenblatt, the only surviving Jewish newspaper at the time.  

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AriellaEsterson

Ariella Esterson

For many children growing up in Europe during the Third Reich, the Kindertransport was their only hope of survival. Once arriving in England, the children and youth, had very different experiences. Whether they had been assimilated into German culture or came from religiously observant homes, the children were placed in Jewish homes, private Christian homes, hostels, or schools, with varying religious observance. This analysis focuses on the different experiences that the Kindertransport children had as it pertains to how they preserved the religious identity developed in Germany, and explains how those experiences shaped their future religious identities and levels of faith as adults.

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NuritGrossmanNurit Grossman 

Kindertransport ('children's transport' in German) is the accepted term for the large scale scheme responsible for sending about 10,000 unaccompanied mostly Jewish children out of Nazi occupied countries to safety in Britain, between December 1938 and the outbreak of the Second World War. According to the "official" numbers published, this figure included 9,354 children reported to have arrived from Germany and Austria and 669 were to have been sent out of Prague.

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audrey2Audrey Zada

This thesis asks how the term "bystander" is used in Holocaust discourse to reflect larger, national aspects of Israeli and American narratives of the Holocaust by closely analyzing the two national Holocaust museums from these countries, Yad Vashem and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It explores how the term "bystander" became popular in relation to the Holocaust by examining its development in social psychology, historiography of the Holocaust and practical applications in international law policy. 

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joannaJoanna Kopacka 

Liberation photography has been for a long time recognized as an important part of the visual record of the Holocaust, but its scholarly analysis was limited to pictures taken by the allied armies’ photographers or photojournalists. This thesis introduces a new material into the debate: photographs taken in 1944 at the Majdanek death camp by local inhabitants of the Lublin area and eyewitnesses to the Holocaust at the same time.

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NannieBeekmanNannie Beekman-Braunstein

The death toll of Dutch Jews during the Nazi occupation is by far the highest among the Western European countries. Of the 140,000 "Volljuden", as per Nazi criteria, only 27 percent survived the occupation, whereas in Belgium, 60 percent of the approximately 66,000 Jews, and in France, 75 percent of the approximately 320,000 Jews escaped death at the hands of the Nazis.

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