Israeli Holocaust Research
Birth and Evolution
By Boaz Cohen
Routledge – 2013 – 348 pages
Series: Routledge Jewish Studies Series
An exploration of the development of Holocaust research in Israel, this book ranges from the consolidation of Holocaust research as an academic subject in the late 1940s to the establishment of Yad Vashem and beyond.
Research on the story of historiography is often a work on books, on the "final products" that fill academic bookshelves yet, in Israeli Holocaust Research, Boaz Cohen illustrates that the evolution of holocaust research in Israel has a more human element to it. Drawing on knowledge gained through seven years of work in ten major archives in Israel, the author reveals a previously unseen picture of the development of Israeli Holocaust research "from below," and of the social and cultural forces influencing its character. In doing so, a new facet to the picture emerges, of the story beyond the archive and the people who see Holocaust research as their mission and responsibility.
This book will be a fascinating addition to the study of Holocaust research and will be of particular interest to students of history, historiography and Jewish studies
Preface Part I: The Emergence of Holocaust Research: Background and Context Chapter 1. "Our Holocaust":The Public Context of Holocaust Research: Part II: Forces Influencing Early Holocaust Research Chapter 2. Holocaust Survivors and Holocaust Research Chapter 3. Yad Vashem as a Zionist Research Institute: The Vision of Ben-Zion Dinur 4. The Claims Conference and Yad Vashem Part III: The Formative Years of Holocaust Research Chapter 5. Searching for Modes of Research and Teaching Chapter 6. First Efforts to Institutionalise Research and Teaching 7. The Rsearch Department at Yad Vashem Chapter 8. Infrastructure for Research: Agreements and Disagreements Chapter 9. The Beginning of University Teaching Chapter 10. The Battle for Yad Vashem and Holocaust Research Chapter 11. Dinur's Rearguard Battle Chapter 12. Scene Two: The Robinson Report and the Institute for Holocaust Research Chapter 13. Scene Three: the establishment of the "Commission for the Examination of the Activities of Yad Vashem" Chapter 14.Scene Four: The Debate in the Knesset and its Education Committee Part IV: Consolidation, change and controversy Chapter 15. The 1960s: the Maturing of Holocaust Research Chapter 16.The Conference on Manifestations of Jewish Resistance 1968 Chapter 17. Growth and Progress: Changes in the World of Israeli Holocaust Research and their Implications Chapter 18. Leadership, Rescue and Academic Teaching Chapter19. The Agenda of Israeli Holocaust Research: Research on Jewish Armed Resistance 20. Conclusions: Guilty of "Palestinocentrism": Public Discourse and Historical Research 21. Postscript- Israeli Research in Social and Ideological Context
Boaz Cohen is the Head of the Holocaust Studies Programme of Western Galilee College.