Scholars in Residence


Wendy Lower

John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College

Yom Hashoah Scholar in Residence

"Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields"

Wendy Lower gained her PhD in 1999 at the American University in Washington, D.C. In 1999-2000 she was on the adjunct faculty at both the American University and Georgetown University. She has served as Director of the Visiting Scholars Program (2000-2004) and Project Director of the oral history project "German Witnesses to War and its Aftermath" (2010-2012) at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. From 2004-2009, she was Assistant Professor of History at Towson University, and in 2011 she became part of the Affiliated Faculty in the Department of History at Clark University. She currently holds the John K. Roth chair in History and is the George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, as well as a Research Associate at the Ludwig Maximillians Universitat in Munich.

Dr. Lower's research looks at the Holocaust in the context of comparative genocide studies, with a special view on modern Germany and Ukraine. Her work looks at oral and public histories, as well as photographs and memorialization. She has published four books in English, and one in Ukrainian, and is currently working on a new English book project. Her 2013 book Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction for that year.

In November 2014, Wendy Lower participated in the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research International Conference "Memory, Media, and Technology." She was on the steering committee for the conference, as well as chairing the roundtable discussion "Digital Archives in Research and Public Engagement."

News About Wendy Lower



Mohammed Dajani

Professor of Political Science at al-Quds University in Jerusalem

Yom Hashoah Scholar in Residence

“Teaching Palestinians about the Holocaust”

A Jerusalem-born scholar and peace activist, Dr. Dajani holds doctorate degrees from the University of Texas and University of South Carolina. He is the founding director of the Jerusalem Studies and Research Institute, chair of the board of directors of the House of Water and Environment in Ramallah and a member of the board of directors of the YMCA, Jerusalem. He has written extensively on Arab culture and politics, including an International Herald Tribune op-ed he co-authored with Washington Institute executive director Robert Satloff titled “Why Palestinians Should Learn About the Holocaust.”

In 2014, Dajani made headlines when Palestinian and Israeli media reported on the trip to Poland he took with 30 Palestinian students, in which he brought the students to Auschwitz and other concentration camps to learn about the Holocaust. Dajani visited the Institute to discuss his experience teaching the Holocaust to Palestinian students.

News About Mohammed Dajani:

Mohammed Dajani Speaks on Refusing to be a Bystander, USC Shoah Foundation News, May 12, 2014

Lecture by Mohammed Dajani, 2014 Yom Hashoah Scholar-in-Residence, USC Shoah Foundation News, May 9, 2014

You Cannot Teach the Holocaust to Palestinians!, USC Shoah Foundation News, November 21, 2013



Marianne Hirsch

William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Professor in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Columbia University

Yom Hashoah Scholar in Residence

“Small Acts of Repair: The Unclaimed Legacy of the Romanian Holocaust”

Marianne Hirsch discussed the idea of “postmemory,” a term that describes the relationship that the ‘generation after’ bears to the personal, collective, and cultural trauma of those who came before -- to experiences they ‘remember’ only by means of the stories, images and behaviors among which they grew up. She also discussed her work on the relationship that children of Holocaust survivors have with the personal, collective and cultural trauma of their parents.

Marianne Hirsch is William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Professor in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality. She is President of the Modern Language Association of America. She was born in Romania, and educated at Brown University where she received her BA/MA and Ph.D. degrees. Before moving to Columbia, she taught at Dartmouth College.

Hirsch's recent books include The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust (Columbia University Press, 2012), Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory, co-authored with Leo Spitzer (University of California Press, 2010), Rites of Return: Diaspora, Poetics and the Politics of Memory, co-edited with Nancy K. Miller (Columbia University Press, 2011). With Diana Taylor she co-edited the Summer 2012 issue of é-misferica on “The Subject of Archives.” Other recent publications include Family Frames: Photography, Narrative, and Postmemory (1997), The Familial Gaze (ed.1999), Time and the Literary (co-ed.2002), a special issue of Signs on "Gender and Cultural Memory" (co-ed. 2002), Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust (co-ed. 2004), and Grace Paley Writing the World (co-ed. 2009).

Marianne Hirsch is the former editor of PMLA and the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the ACLS, the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, the National Humanities Center and the Bellagio and Bogliasco Foundations. She has served on the MLA Executive Council, the ACLA Advisory Board, the Board of Supervisors of The English Institute and the Executive Board of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature. She is also on the advisory boards of Memory Studies and Contemporary Women's Writing. She is a founder of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Social Difference, and Co-Director with Jean Howard of its new global initiative: “Women Creating Change.”

News About Marianne Hirsch:

Small Acts of Repair: Yom Hashoah scholar-in-residence discusses "postmemory" of the Holocaust, USC Shoah Foundation News, May 2, 2013

Gallery of event


Yehuda Bauer

Professor Emeritus of History and Holocaust Studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Yom Hashoah Scholar in Residence

 In an exclusive trip from Jerusalem to Los Angeles, Yehuda Bauer came to Los Angeles to discuss topics of the Holocaust and other genocides.

Professor Yehuda Bauer is one of the world’s leading scholars on the study of the Holocaust.  Currently working as Academic Advisor at Yad Vashem in Israel, Professor Bauer has held many professorships during his illustrious career, including posts at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Honolulu at Manoa, Yale University and Clark University.  At Richard Stock College in New Jersey, Professor Bauer served as the Ida E. King Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Holocaust Studies.  Presently, he holds membership on a number of professional committees, including the Yad Vashem Executive Committee, the Editorial Committee of Yalkut Moreshet (main Hebrew Holocaust Studies Journal) and the Editorial Committee of Yad Vashem Studies

In 2006, Professor Bauer addressed the UN General Assembly on the January 27th Holocaust Remembrance Day.  His awards and distinctions include the Israel Prize for “History of the Jewish People” in 1998, election as Member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in 2001 and the Yakir Yerushalayim (Worthy Citizen of Jerusalem) award from the city of Jerusalem in 2008.  Professor Bauer also holds the position of Honorary Chairman of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association (Formerly: Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research) as well as senior advisor to the Swedish Government on the International Forum on Genocide Prevention.

His publications include From Diplomacy to Resistance (1970), My Brother’s Keeper (1974), Flight and Rescue (1975), The Holocaust in Historical Perspective (1978), The Jewish Emergence from Powerlessness (1979), ed. The Holocaust as Historical Experience (1981), American Jewry and the Holocaust (1982), Out of the Ashes (1989), Jews for Sale? (1995), Rethinking the Holocaust (2001), The Death of the Shtetl (2010), as well as about 90 articles in scholarly journals and yearbooks. .

To watch Yehuda Bauer's talk, click here.

News About Yehuda Bauer:

Much Work to be done in Holocaust Studies, Say Yehuda Bauer and Xu Xin, USC Shoah Foundation News, November 11, 2013

Leading Chinese and Israeli Holocaust Scholars Meet for the First Time, USC Shoah Foundation News, November 6, 2013

Yehuda Bauer to Visit USC Shoah Foundation in November, USC Shoah Foundation News, August 13, 2013

Yehuda Bauer and Father Patrick Desbois visit the Institute, USC Shoah Foundation News, April 23, 2012

Publications Involving the Archive:

  • Bauer, Yehuda. Nowogródek—The Story of a Shtetl. Yad Vashem Studies 35 (2007) 35-70.
  • Bauer, Yehuda. The Death of the Shtetl. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.