Holocaust Studies at UVIC


Mazal Tov to Noga Yarmar on her admission
to UVIC’s Holocaust studies stream MA program
Germanic and Slavic studies. Noga, a teacher at
the Synagogue’s Hebrew School, is one of a handful of students embarking on
this informative and important Holocaust studies program that brings together
the past, present and future.

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the
University of Victoria is pleased to announce that it will offer a new MA stream
in Holocaust Studies starting in September 2017. By adding Holocaust Studies to
the Department’s two existing graduate streams of Germanic Studies and Slavic
Studies, UVic will become the only graduate program in Canada to offer students
the opportunity to study Germanic, Slavic, or Holocaust Studies all within one
unified Department.

Students will have hands-on learning opportunities during
the two-year MA program in Holocaust Studies, including a semester abroad, a
practicum placement or summer co-op work term that can be completed in Canada or
Europe, and opportunities to work with Holocaust testimony through collaborations
with the USC Shoah Foundation and the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.

If you would like further information about this program,
please contact Dr. Charlotte Shira Schallié (schallie@uvic.ca) or Dr. Helga
Thorson (helgat@uvic.ca). If you are interested in contributing to an academic
scholarship or a mobility fund that would help alleviate the costs for students
to travel abroad, please contact Katherine Blake (kablake@uvic.ca), the UVic
Development Officer for the Humanities.

UVIC’s I-witness Field

UVic’s fifth I-witness Field School will take place in May
of 2018. So far sixty undergraduate students and seven graduate students have
had the opportunity to study the Holocaust through this University of Victoria
course. The field school explores
the ways in which the Holocaust is memorialized in Central Europe.  Following one week of intensive study at the
University of Victoria, participants spend three weeks in Central Europe
exploring various memorial spaces in at least four different countries
(Germany, Poland, Austria, and Hungary) — from the sites of former
concentration camps to the stumbling stone project, from former ghettos to
railway stations, from cemeteries to T-4 euthanasia sites, and from museums to

The course
attempts to bring together the past, present, and future through the acts of
remembering, comprehending, and imagining:
the horrific atrocities that occurred during the Holocaust, comprehending and comparing the ways the
stories of the Holocaust are told in four different countries today, and imagining a future beyond prejudice and
hate. If you are interested in helping UVic students afford this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, please contact Katherine Blake (kablake@uvic.ca),
the UVic Development Officer for the Humanities.

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