The International School for Holocaust Studies
Who We Are - The European Department
The European Department of Yad Vashem's International School of Holocaust Studies (ISHS) was established in 2005 with the aim to empower educators with pedagogical tools and didactic methods to teach about the Holocaust. Our Department tailor makes materials and methods for the European educators; many of our materials are adapted culturally and developed in multiple languages. We have resources in over 20 languages with a number of sub-sections on our website.
At present, our staff works in close partnership with ministries of education, memorial sites, museums, organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, in approximately 30 European nations.
Who We Are
Born in Warsaw, Poland, and immigrated to Israel in 1957. He has lived at Kibbutz Nir-Oz, located on the border with the Gaza Strip, since completing his army service. For many years, he was a history teacher and an educator in the kibbutz's school and youth movement. Over the past 20 years, he has worked for the Polish Desk.
Anna is from Tübingen, Germany. She received her M.A. in History and French at the Freie Universität Berlin. Anna moved to Israel in 2009, and has worked at the German Desk since January 2011. She is also a tour guide for the Historical Museum.
Arièle is from France and moved to Israel in 1993. She has a B.A in Economics and History from Bar-Ilan University and is working toward her MA. She has worked at Yad Vashem since 2004 and is the Head of the Desk for French-Speaking Countries.
Daniel is from Groningen, the Netherlands. He studied at the Teacher’s Academy, Ancient Greek and Latin at the University of Groningen, and Semitic languages at Amsterdam University. Daniel also worked as a schoolteacher in the Netherlands. In 1991, he moved to Israel. He works primarily with German- and Dutch-speaking educators. He is also a tour guide for the Holocaust History Museum of Yad Vashem.
Deborah "Debbie" Hartmann is the Head of the German Desk of the International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem. After studying Political Science and Contemporary History in Vienna, Berlin and Jerusalem, she received her MA in Political Science from the University of Vienna in 2011. She has worked for the European Department in various capacities since 2007, including service in Berlin as a pedagogical representative of Yad Vashem to German-speaking countries.
ELIANA Rapp Badichi
Eliana received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Eliana is Head of the Spain and Portugal Desks in the European Department as well as a tour guide for the Holocaust History Museum and for groups visiting Poland. In addition, she works with various educational groups from Central and South America.
Esther was born in Germany and moved to Israel in 2012. She received her B.A. in Cultural and Media Education from the University of Applied Science in Merseburg and her M.A. in Public History from the Freie Universität Berlin. She has worked extensively on topics such as contemporary history, Holocaust historiography and memory in both Israel and Germany, and served as an educator for youth and professionals in national and international frameworks. At the European Department, Esther is responsible for the Central European Desk, including Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.
James is from the United States and moved to Israel in 2012. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Jewish Studies. He began working at Yad Vashem in 2013 and is an Assistant to the Director of the European Department.
Lilach is from Jerusalem, Israel. She has a B.Med.Sc in Medical Laboratory Sciences from Hadassah College. She began working at Yad Vashem in 2012 and is a Logistics Coordinator.
Miriam received her M.A. from Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic, and has been working at Yad Vashem since 2003. She worked for the Los Angeles-based USC Shoah Foundation Institute, interviewing Holocaust survivors about their experiences during the Shoah. In addition to her projects on the professional development of educators from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, she is also the Graduate Seminar Coordinator.
Myriam is from Stuttgart, Germany, and moved to Israel in 1994. She studied German and French Language and Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is currently writing her Master's thesis in German Studies. Myriam joined the German Desk in 2015.
Noa is from Munich, Germany. She completed her studies in German Literature and Music in Munich. She taught high school in Munich, and wrote her doctorate about the creativity of children and youth during the Shoah. Noa moved to Israel in 1999 and is the Deputy Director of the European Department.
Noa is from western Ukraine and moved to Israel in 1993. She studied art history at Moscow State University and received her B.A. in History and Social Sciences from the Lutsk State Pedagogical Institute (Ukraine). Since 2000, Noa has worked as tour guide for the Historical Museum of Yad Vashem. Since 2005, she has worked in the European Department and coordinates seminars for educators from Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine.
Orit studied Art History and Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has been working for Yad Vashem since 2000, and is currently the Head of the Polish Desk in the European Department. In addition, she teaches history, art, and literature.
RICHELLE Budd Caplan
Richelle has served as the Director of the European Department of the International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem since 2009, and has been working at Yad Vashem since 1993. Richelle received her M.A. from the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her B.A. from Brandeis University in the United States. She is a member of the Israeli delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and has developed Holocaust-related projects with numerous international organizations.
Yiftach studied history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is studying towards a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies. He is the Head of the Desk for Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta.
Yiftach is from Jerusalem, Israel, and is working toward his M.A. in History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has worked at Yad Vashem for 16 years and is the Head of the Desk for Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.