Shem Olam Faith & the Holocaust Institute for Education, Documentation & Research


Research and Papers

In Shem Olam a wide range of research projects, doctorates, theses and dissertations is available and can be browsed by the general public on the premises of the Institute. The list of topics is presented below.

Adam Czerniakow head of the Judenrat in the Warsaw ghetto - Which educational frameworks (formal and informal) operated in the Warsaw and Lodz ghettos? Did they strive for the same goals? What were their areas of operation? How did they cope with the new reality that was forced on the children? What is the influential difference between educational frameworks (formal and informal) upon the children both mentally and physically? Were the areas of influence the same as those before the war? What was their impact on the children's educational processes? Can one see in the educational organization an expression of resistance? And what was the range of influence on the Jewish child?
Faith in the Holocaust the distress and magnanimity of the believer during the Holocaust
Members of the Sonderkommando their world, questions of faith and spirit, and their way of coping
Sanctification of God vis-à-vis sanctification of life in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
The children's block in the family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau
Dilemmas and the way women coped during the Holocaust
Moral dilemmas during the Holocaust
Ethical and moral dilemmas faced by Jews who rose up and fought in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
The figure of the Jewish doctor in the ghetto
The Jewish doctor in the Polish ghettos his character and way of coping
Coping with the prohibition of birth in the ghettos of Lithuania
Religious Belief undergoing tests of faith the Warsaw ghetto as a representative example
Race/ Racism and the Holocaust
Hanukkah candle lighting in the Holocaust
The Spiritual Coping of Religious Women in Nazi Camps
Jewish leadership in Tunisia during the Nazi Occupation
Rescue during the Holocaust chances for success vis-à-vis the risks. What motivations and difficulties were felt by Jewish and non-Jewish rescuers when they came to save Jews during the Holocaust? What relationship developed between the rescuers and the survivors?
Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust
Observance of Jewish Festivals under ghetto conditions
Informal education in the Holocaust Period, with emphasis on the uniqueness of the Youth Movements
Torah Education in the Warsaw ghetto
Attitude towards Observance of Religious Law (Halacha) in the Holocaust
The public and leadership's attitudes to saving children under a false identity at various levels within the ghetto
Children and Youth in Theresienstadt
Religious Law and observance among the women in the ghettos and camps. How much and in what way were the women able to maintain and perform the laws of religious observance in the ghettos and camps, and did these acts of faith hold additional significance?
The struggle to observance of religious life and Jewish Holidays in the Lodz and Warsaw Ghettos
The meaning Jews gave to the Passover festival in the Holocaust
Significance of Jewish prayer under the Nazi regime during the Holocaust
The Judicial Israeli Court and Holocaust Remembrance: The Historical Role of the Court on the Question of the Judenrat
The Palestine Office in Budapest: Its rescue - work in 1943-1945 and how it is presented in the collective memory
Marriage in the ghettos during the Holocaust
Rescue of Jews in Poland during the Holocaust
Saving Jewish children in the Holocaust under an assumed identity
Rabbi Huberband z"l
The Doctors in the Ghetto Their contribution and the way they coped in the Warsaw Ghetto
The Holocaust in the world of Youth-At-Risk. Exposure of youth-at-risk to the subject of the Holocaust.
Comparison of the leadership of Rabbi Yoel Teitelboim/The Satmar Rebbe to that of Rabbi Ben Zion Halberstam/Admor of Bobov
The effect of the Holocaust trauma on survivors' Jewish identity formation
Women coping in the ghettos during the Holocaust
Women coping during in the Holocaust
Dealing with children's identity problems as part of survival. Holocaust testimonials from children who were hidden in rural villages
Coping with keeping tradition and Jewish holidays in the Lodz and Warsaw Ghettos
Women's Religious Coping during the Holocaust
The behavior of the Germans in World War II and the resilience of the Jews in the Holocaust

False identity during the Holocaust
False identity of Jewish children and youth in Christian homes and monasteries during the Holocaust
Passover in the ghettos and camps
Passover in the Holocaust: Difficulties and Coping
The Return to Judaism for Jewish children who lived with Christians during World War II
The child's life in the ghetto
The lives of Jewish partisans - their deliberations and coping with serious moral and existential dilemmas during the Holocaust

Education of the Jewish Child in the Holocaust
Righteous Gentiles
Greek Jewry and the community in Ioannina from its formation to its annihilation
The Jews of Tunisia in the extermination camps and under forced labor
Children in Convents
Convent Children Rescue of Children in the Holocaust by handing them over to families and monasteries
Children under an assumed identity
Children under false identities during the Holocaust in Poland
Children in the Holocaust in the ghettos of Poland
Childbirth in Lithuanian ghettos
Yitzhak Katznelson - his influence on society as a poet, leader and educator
Yitzhak Katznelson and his underground activities
How did the Righteous Gentiles deal with the many difficulties and dilemmas around the issue of saving Jews during the Holocaust? What is the nature of the relationship created between the Jews and their saviors since then?
How did the Jews in Bergen-Belsen maintain their religious way of life and how did it affect their spirit?
How did a childhood under false identity affect post-Holocaust Jewish identity formation?
Characteristics of child survivors of the Warsaw ghetto

What is the difference between Sanctification of God's name in death and Sanctification of God's name in life from the perspective of Jewish history in general, and the Holocaust in particular?
The degree of positive influence on the education in the ghettos of Warsaw and Lodz, affecting the children's moral and spiritual coping
What is the contribution of the art of painting in the concentration camps and death camps during the Holocaust towards Holocaust remembrance?
The Letter of The Ninety-Three Girls
Rabbinical leadership in Germany during the Holocaust - Comparisons between Rabbi Carlebach and Rabbi Leo Baeck
Commandments between man and God
Source of Strength of Women in the Holocaust
Children's Games in the Holocaust
From Liberation to life. Dilemmas and difficulties of Holocaust survivors. Survivors on their way back to life and religious observance after the Holocaust
Meaning and Content invested in holidays in ghettos and camps, particularly Chanukah and Purim
Women in the Holocaust
Halachic issues arising from rebellions during the Holocaust: Comparison of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Uprising in the Sobibor camp
Ethical issues and moral dilemmas in the Vilna Ghetto 1941-1944
Issues concerning existence and survival vis-à-vis retaining moral values
Amalekite characteristics in Nazi Germany
Responsa literature during the Holocaust
World of cantorial singing (Hazanut) during the Holocaust
Purim during the Holocaust
Acts of Chessed (lovingkindness) in the Warsaw Ghetto
Youth Activities in occupied Poland during World War II
The Mischlings in the German Army
The existence of Jewish life in the Warsaw Ghetto - motives and meaning
Women's observance in the Warsaw ghetto
Historical reading of the book Eish Kodesh
Reb Kalonimus Kalmish Shapira - the Rebbe of Piaseczno
Holocaust Responsa
Daily routine during the Holocaust: The people of the Sonderkommando in the extermination camps and their ways of coping with everyday life
Observance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur during the Holocaust
Keeping the dietary laws (Kosher food) among observant Jews in the ghettos during the Holocaust- a symbol of heroism and spiritual coping in the face of danger of extinction
Jewish theater in the ghettos
Youth Movements in the Warsaw ghetto
The role of art in the life of Jewish artists during the Holocaust