Dr. Batya Brutin, Director of Beit Berl College’s Holocaust Teaching program, was awarded the Yad Vashem Holocaust Achievement Award for promoting Holocaust education and preserving the memory of the Holocaust. Dr. Brutin was one of the founders of Beit Berl's Holocaust Education Program in 1994. She has served as the Pedagogical Coordinator and Head of the program for 18 years. She designed the program based on a multi-disciplinary approach to the Holocaust - the history and commemoration of the Holocaust, literature, cinema and popular culture. Dr. Brutin herself developed the journeys to Poland in a pedagogic way to train educational workers to lead them.
Dr. Brutin’s research is the intersection between history, art and pedagogy, dealing with the commemoration of the Holocaust in monuments in Israel and around the world. Her doctoral research was awarded by the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem. Dr. Brutin wrote the instructional materials used in schools by the Pedagogical Secretariat in the Ministry of Education. Her research is published in international journals and she lectures at international conferences.
Dr. Brutin is an art lecturer, pedagogic instructor and curator, with a focus on the subject of the Holocaust. She recently curated the controversial group exhibit, Violated: Women in Holocaust and Genocide
, at the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York. The groundbreaking exhibition documented sexual violence towards women in the Holocaust and made headlines
April 12, 2018 opening of VIOLATED! Women in Holocaust and Genocide exhibition (L to R): Amb. Mordehai Amihai-Bivas, Consul for Culture in North America, Israel Consulate, New York; Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, Founder and Director of Remember the Women Institute and exhibition coordinator; Dr. Batya Brutin, exhibition curator; Consolee Nishimwe, author and a survivor of the Rwanda genocide; Ayana Friedman, one of the 30 artists exhibited; Ronald Feldman, galley owner; and Lorna Husein, representing the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. In the background (left to right) are works by Hana Shir, an Israeli second generation artist; Manasse Shingiro, a survivor of the Rwanda genocide; and Safet Zec, a survivor of the Bosnia genocide. Photo by Jeff Segall.