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 as a child in 1957. Educated in the "Shomer Hatzayir" movement. After his army service, lived at Kibbutz Nir-Oz on the border with the Gaza Strip. For many years, he was an history teacher and an educator in the kibbutz school and youth-movement. In the last 20 years, he has worked at Yad Vashem as a leading instructor for the guiding course to Poland and as Head of the Polish Desk at the International School for Holocaust Studies. Along with his work at Yad Vashem, he is the irrigation manager at the kibbutz. He is a father of four and grandfather of seven.
Anna Stocker is from Tuebingen, Germany. She received her M.A. in History and French at the Freie University in Berlin. Anna moved to Israel in 2009, and has worked in the German Desk since January 2011. Stocker is also a tour guide for the Historical Museum.
Arielle is from France and moved to Israel in 1993. She has a B.A in Economics and History and an M.A in History from Bar-Ilan University. She has worked at Yad Vashem since 2004 and is 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 school teacher in the Netherlands. In 1991, he moved to Israel. He works primarily with German-speaking and Dutch-speaking educators., He is also a tour guide for the Holocaust History Museum of Yad Vashem.
Dina is from Western Ukraine and moved to Israel in 1990. She has a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations, and an M.A. in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dina coordinates logistics in the European Department.
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.
Chava is from Hungary and moved to Israel in 1964. Hava received her B.A. in general history from Tel Aviv University, her M.A. in Jewish Studies focusing on the Budapest Ghetto in 1944 from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and her PhD concentrated on the world’s perception of the neological Jews in Budapest between 1919-1943. Hava works with educators from Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.
Irit is originally from Vilnius, Lithuania, and moved to Israel in 1957. She has her Ph.D from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies. Irit has worked at Yad Vashem since 1983 and is Head of the Russian Desk and official council to Yad Vashem on issues of North African Jewry. She has published very important research on Libya and Tunisia. She also has worked on teaching the Holocaust to Israeli Arabs.
James is from Dallas, Texas, 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 was is from and resides in 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 the Logistics Coordinator.
Miriam has been working at Yad Vashem since 2003. Miriam received her M.A. from Charles University in Prague. She worked for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, based in Los Angeles, interviewing Holocaust Survivors about their experiences during the Shoah. She has given workshops to teachers from Poland, Russia, Croatia, Netherlands, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
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 Head of the German Desk.
Noa Sigal is from Western Ukraine and moved to Israel in 1993. She studied art history at the Moscow State University. She received her B.A. in History and Social Sciences from Lutsk State Pedagogical Institute (Ukraine). Noa Sigal has been working at Yad Vashem since 2000 as tour guide for the Historical Museum of Yad Vashem. Since 2005 she works for the Russian Desk in the European department. She has given workshops in Russian and Ukrainian to teachers from the former Soviet Union.
Orit studied Art History and Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has been working for Yad Vashem since 2000, and is now Head of the Polish Desk in the European Department. In addition she teaches history, art, and literature.
RICHELLE Budd Caplan
Richelle is the Director of the European Department of ISHS since 2009, andhas 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 Task Force on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research and has developed Holocaust-related projects with the numerous international organisations.
Yael is from Jerusalem, Israel. She has her B.A from the Hebrew University and an M.A in Urban Planning and Geography. She has worked at Yad Vashem since 2004. She is the Graduate Seminar Coordinator, and also works as a Tour Guide in the History Museum.
Yeshaya is from Budapest, Hungary. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Jewish Studies, and his rabbinical ordination in Israel. He served as the rabbi of the Düsseldorf Jewish community and also worked as vice-principal and teacher at the Hebrew school of the Stuttgart Jewish community. Balog moved to Israel with his family in 2007, and is currently working with Jewish and non-Jewish educators from Europe.
Yiftach studied history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Master’s thesis in Cultural Studies. Yiftach works in the Study Seminar Department at ISHS as well as in the European Department.
Yiftach is working toward his M.A. in History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yiftach is the Desk Head for the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Finland, Italy, Ireland and Greece, and is a tour guide in the Holocaust History Museum of Yad Vashem.