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Program Description:

Holocaust studies has emerged as a central field of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences as Holocaust memory has become a global phenomenon. Many questions in Holocaust studies remain unanswered. In light of the opening of archives in Eastern Europe, documents recently revealed await a new generation of scholars to shed light on the events and significance of the Holocaust period. As a scholarly field, Holocaust studies offers students the opportunity to research one of the world's most formative modern historical events from a multidisciplinary perspective.


The Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies is dedicated to nurturing a new generation of Holocaust scholars and educators. Its aim is to provide students with a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the Holocaust by offering courses taught by prominent Holocaust scholars in the disciplines of history, anthropology, psychology, education, and the arts. The program allows students to intern at leading Israeli Holocaust institutions such as Yad Vashem and Ghetto Fighters House Museum. Furthermore, students have the chance to take part in internships at Holocaust organizations around the world. Some of the program partner institutions include; USHMM, POLIN Museum in Warsaw, The Jewish Museum in Budapest, The Jewish Heritage Museum in NYC, The Weiner Library in London, The Wannsee House in Berlin, and the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Throughout the academic year, our students take part in meetings with Holocaust survivors, international scholars, film directors, and museum curators.


The one-year program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October through September. Students wishing to pursue the thesis track will need to submit a research thesis within one year of completing their coursework, which may require remaining at the university for one or two additional semesters. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Arts in Holocaust Studies.

Program Highlights:

  • Offer scholars from various countries a multidisciplinary education in the field of Holocaust studies.

  • Provide students with marketable skills in order to develop a career in Holocaust  education, museums, libraries, and archives.

  • Train students in a variety of research methods, including guided work in archives  

  • located in Israel and Europe, including the study of relevant languages for facilitating research.

Highlighted Courses*:

  • The Final Solution

  • Literature of the Holocaust 

  • The Holocaust in the former Soviet Union

  • Visual Culture and the Holocaust

  • Holocaust Commemoration and Education in the Digital Age

* The curriculum is subject to change without notice



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