Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Beth Cohen Lectures to Undergraduates

Life After the Center

As Holocaust museums and memorials proliferate, Center alumni are poised to assume leadership positions. Indeed they are doing just that as they continue to embrace opportunities for further research and public service. As the only program to provide doctoral education in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies, the Center is proud to serve as a training ground for future curators, education directors, and historians who will advance the field and enhance the education of teachers, students, and the public. Their activities, reported below, attest to the value of the Center’s enterprise of rigorous doctoral education.

Cristina Andriani, Ph.D.

"Swords or Plowshares? Holocaust Collective Memories and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict"
Graduated August 2013.

Elizabeth Anthony (ABD)

"Return Home: Holocaust Survivors Reestablishing Lives in Postwar Vienna"

Current Position:
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC.

Beth Cohen, Ph.D.

"Case Closed: Holocaust Survivors in Postwar America, 1946-1954"
Graduated October 2003.

Current Position:
Lecturer, California State University, Northridge, CA.

Sarah Cushman, Ph.D.

"The Women of Birkenau"
Graduated October 2010.

Current Position:
Academic Program Liaison Officer, The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, Worcester, MA.

Emily Dabney (ABD)

"Forced Labor in the Maghreb"

Tiberiu Galis (ABD)

“Transitional Justice and Transition to a New Regime: Making Sense of Uncertain Times”

Current Position:
Executive Director, Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, New York and Poland

Michael Geheran (ABD)

"Betrayed Comradeship: German-Jewish WWI Veterans under Hitler"

Adara Goldberg, Ph.D.

"We Were Called Greenies: Holocaust Survivors in Postwar Canada"
Graduated May 2012.

Current Position:
Education Director, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

Naama Haviv, MA

"The Pre-Conditions for ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ through ‘Population Transfer’: The Case of Israel-Palestine"
Graduated MA, October 2006.

Current Position:
Assistant Director, Jewish World Watch, Los Angeles, CA

Alexis Herr (ABD)

"In the Shadow of Fossoli di Carpi: The History and Memory of the Holocaust in Italy"

Saul Kagan Claims Conference Academic Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies, 2011-2012

Stefan Ionescu, Ph.D.

"Romanization: Greed, Opportunism, Corruption, and Resistance in World War II Bucharest"
Graduated August 2013.

Current Position:
Associate Researcher, Department of History and the Rodgers Center, Chapman University.

Jeffrey Koerber (ABD)

"Born in the Borderlands: The Response of Jewish Youth to Oppression and Genocide, 1933-1948"

Current Position:
Research Associate and Holocaust History Fellow, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chapman University.

Robin Krause, MA

"German Opposition to Genocide: The Case of the Herero, 1904-1907"
Graduated MA, May 2012.

Current Position:
Social Studies Teacher, South Oldham High School, Crestwood, Kentucky.

Natalya Lazar (ABD)

"Czernowitz Jews and the Holocaust"

Beth Lilach, M.A.

"Aftermath of Liberation: Jewish Life in Displaced Persons Camps, Germany 1945-1957"

Current Position:
Director of Education, The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, NY

Jody Manning (ABD)

"Living in the Shadow of Auschwitz and Dachau: Memorial, Community, Symbolism and the Palimpsest of Memory"

Ilana Offenberger, Ph.D.

"The Nazification of Vienna and the Response of the Viennese Jews"
Graduated, May 2010.

Current Position:
Full-time Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Christine Schmidt, Ph.D.

"The Plateau of Hospitality: Jewish Refugee Life on the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon"
Graduated October 2003.

Current Position:
International Tracing Service Archives Researcher, Wiener Library, London.

Raz Segal, Ph.D.

"Disintegration: Social Breakdown and Political Mass Violence in Subcarpathain Rus'"
Graduated August 2013.

Lady Davis Post Doctoral Fellowship, the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2013-2014

Current Position:
Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellow and Lecturer, Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies, University of Haifa

Joanna Sliwa (ABD)

"Jewish Children in Nazi-Occupied Krakow"

Lotta Stone, Ph.D.

"Seeking Asylum: Jewish Refugees to South Africa 1930-1948"
Graduated May 2010.

Current Position:
Director of Education Outreach, Holocaust Documentation and Education Center and Museum, Hollywood, FL.