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DR Esther Jilovsky




  • Esther's research on Holocaust memory and Jewish identity crosses the disciplines of Holocaust Studies, Memory Studies, German Studies and Jewish Studies. Since 2010 she has worked in the German program at the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne, where she is also part of the Affiliated Faculty of the Program for Jewish Culture and Society. She has a BA(Hons) in German from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Studies in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford and was awarded her PhD in Holocaust Studies by Royal Holloway, University of London in 2011. Her book Remembering the Holocaust: Generations, Witnessing and Place (Bloomsbury Academic 2015) traces the evolution of Holocaust memory as it passes from survivors to the second and third generations. Esther is editor (with Jordana Silverstein and David Slucki) of what promises to be one of the first volumes dedicated to the third generation (the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors), In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation (Vallentine Mitchell 2015). This innovative and interdisciplinary book includes academic studies from History, Literature, Sociology, Psychology and Gender Studies, alongside poignant personal reflections by members of the third generation. Esther has published articles and book chapters about Holocaust memory in the second and third genreations, the role of place in Holocaust memory, and German-Jewish identity. She has also taught at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University.   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, Royal Holloway, University of London 2011
  • MSt, University of Oxford 2005
  • BA(Hons), University of Melbourne 2004
  • DML, University of Melbourne 2004