Second Polish-Israeli Research Seminar, University of Haifa, Israel

(April 2009)

The Vanished City

The workshop seeks to examine the spatial history of cities in Poland that exist, and at the same time do not. The workshop aims to analyze, from a multi-disciplinary perspective,  the construction and structuring process of the Polish pre-war multi-faceted urban space, its disappearance during the WWII and the Holocaust and eventually, the reconstruction of the urban space in post-war Poland, a process involving both remembrance and oblivion. Our aim is to examine the experiences of Poles and Jews possessing different linguistic, national, religious and class leanings within the same urban texture.

The workshop aims to assign a central place to the urban experience of Polish city dwellers during three recent periods: The period preceding World War II and the Holocaust, the War and Holocaust periods and the post-War period.

Polish Israeli Research Meetings in Warsaw, Poland

(October, 2008)

Six days of meetings and conference, organized by the Institute for Literary Studies (Polish Academy of Sciences). The aim was to tighten and establish new research-related contacts. The conference itself was about the Polish and Jewish intelligentsia and its role in the shaping of the Polish state in the first half of the 20th century.


Workshop with Prof. Yehuda Bauer
(December 2006)

Prof. Yehuda Bauer shared his historic approach in a closed seminar for graduate students and researchers.


Seminar for Graduate Students on New Developments in Holocaust Research


An encounter for Master's degree and doctoral students with contemporary scholars conducting Holocaust research. Students prepared for the weekly meetings (over the course of a semester), which included open discussions in small forums and the development of their research topics.


Prof.  Yehuda Bauer, Israel Prize Laureate, Yad Vashem, "The Last Solution"

Prof.  Shlomo Aaronson, Hebrew University, "The Nazi State"

Prof.  Gabriel Gorodetzky, Tel Aviv University, "Barbarossa: Who Attacked Whom in June 1941?"

Prof.  Renèe Poznanski, Ben-Gurion University, "The Holocaust of French Jewry"

Prof.  David Bankier, Hebrew University, "Anti-Nazi Exiles and the Jewish Question during World War II"

Prof.  Yitzhak Arad, Yad Vashem, "The Concentration Camps"

Dr. Danny Blatman, Yad Vashem, "The Death Marches"

Dr. Yfaat Weiss, University of Haifa, "Anti-Semitism, Racism and Colonialism

Dr. Sara Bender, University of Haifa, Polish Jewry from the Outbreak of the War through Barbarossa"

Dr. Gilad Margalit and Dr. Avihu Ronen, University of Haifa, "Euthanasia and Physicians during the Holocaust" (including screening of a film)

Dr. Danny Gutwein, University of Haifa, "Modern Anti-Semitism"

Guest lecturer, Dr. Christian Gerlach, Berlin, "The Murder of the Jews in the 'Generalgouvernnment' and German Food Policy"

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