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.

Kimberly Allar (ABD)

"Training Nazi Camp Guards, Dachau, Ravensbrück, and Trawniki in Comparison"

Current Position:
Holocuast Educational Foundation Research Grant and Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship in Advanced Holocaust Studies

Cristina Andriani, Ph.D.

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

Current Position:
Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Staffier Associates and Family Continuity

Elizabeth Anthony (ABD)

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

Current Position:
Curt C. and Else Silberman ITS staff scholar at the 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, History and Jewish Studies, 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, 1940- 1943"

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"

Current Position:
Fritz Halbers Fellowship Award, Leo Baeck Institute, 2015

Adara Goldberg, Ph.D.

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

Current Position:
Director of Education, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Canada

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, Ph.D.

"Fossoli di Carpi: The History and Memory of the Holocaust in Italy"
Graduated August 2014

Current Position:
Adjunct Professor, Keene State University

Stefan Ionescu, Ph.D.

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

Current Position:
Research Associate and Holocaust History Fellow, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 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 Instructor, 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"

The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Academic Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies, 2013-2015.

Beth Lilach, (ABD)

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

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

Jody Russell Manning (ABD)

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

Khatchig Mouradian (ABD)

"Genocide and Humanitarian Resistance in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1917"

Current Position:
Calouste Gulbenkian Armenian Studies Fellowship, Adjunct Professor at Rugets Newark (Sociology and History departments) and Visiting Scholar and Program Coordinator, Armenian Genocide Program, Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick NJ

Ilana Offenberger, Ph.D.

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

Current Position:
Full-time Lecturer, 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 Archive Researcher, The Wiener Library for the Holocaust & Genocide, London

Raz Segal, Ph.D.

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

Current Position:
Thomas Arthur Arnold Postdoctoral Fellow, the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University

Joanna Sliwa (ABD)

"Jewish Children in Nazi-Occupied Krakow"

Robert Weil Fellow for Advanced Holocaust Studies

Current Position:
Faculty Advisor, The Master Teacher Institute (MTI) in Holocaust Education, Rutgers University and Assistant Program Manager of Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, Museum of Jewish Heritage

Lotta Stone, Ph.D.

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

Current Position:
Research and Development Associate, Middleton Place Foundation, Charleston, SC