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Yaffa Eliach

Yaffa Eliach

Yaffa Eliach is a pioneering scholar in Holocaust studies. She is Professor Emerita from Brooklyn College and is currently teaching across the United States as a visiting Professor. She opened the first Center for Holocaust Studies Documentation & Research in the USA and introduced Holocaust Studies on the American campus. She is the creator of the exhibit the Tower of Life at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A soaring display made up of 1500 photographs depicting the people of a typical East European shtetl, the Tower of Life has been seen by over 20 million visitors and is considered by many the most moving exhibit at the Museum. Professor Eliach's book, There Once Was A World: A 900-Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok, recounts the history of the shtetl portrayed in the Tower, and was a Nonfiction Finalist for the National Book Award. Other books by Yaffa Eliach include Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust, a recipient of the Christopher Award and has become an enduring classic translated into many languages, We Were Children Just Like You, The Liberators: Eyewitness Accounts of the Liberation of Concentration Camps (co-editor), The Last Jew (co-author), The Fisherman’s Wife (Hebrew), and currently a new book is being published in Japan and USA entitled Shtetl Children—Angels in Heaven and Children on Earth. Yaffa Eliach is a Professor of History and Literature, with areas of specialty in Eastern European history, Russian intellectual history, Holocaust studies, and Hasidism. As founder of the first Center for Holocaust Studies in the United States, she introduced new concepts in Holocaust documentation—written, oral and visual. As an East European historian, she also introduced new concepts about the origins of Hasidism. A member of President Carter’s Holocaust Commission, Professor Eliach is an internationally renowned figure who has been the recipient of many awards and honors. She received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Keene College (NH) in 2003, and the Holocaust Humanitarian Award in 2001. In 1999, she was the recipient of the Eternal Flame Award in which was presented at the Annual International Scholars Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches.


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