Douglas and Carol Cohen Fellow Dr. Limore Yagil
Dr. Limore Yagil received a Ph.D. from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in France, an M.A. and B.A. in history from Tel Aviv University, and a second M.A. in information science and librarianship from Bar Ilan University in Israel. During her tenure at the Museum, she was Senior Lecturer at Haifa University. For her Douglas and Carol Cohen Fellowship, Dr. Yagil conducted research for her project “Rescue of Jews in France, 1940-1944.”
Dr. Yagil’s research concentrates on French Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism, resistance efforts, and various forms of civil disobedience. She is the author of Chrétiens et juifs en France sous Vichy, 1940-1944: sauvetage et désobéissance civile (Edit Beauchesne, 2002) and L’Homme Nouveau et la revolution nationale de Vichy, 1940-1944 (Presses Universitaires Septentrion, 1997) in addition to several articles in scholarly journals. She is the recipient of fellowships at Yad Vashem and the Vidal Sassoon Center at Hebrew University as well as awards from French foundations such as the Fondation Benveniste de France and Fondation Elie Cohen de France.
During her tenure at the Museum, Dr. Yagil researched the rescue of Jews in France, analyzing the different strategies that succeeded and failed. Her project explored different rescue and relief efforts in France and evaluated forms of civil disobedience as acts of resistance to the Holocaust. She focused on case studies involving the Catholic Church, the Protestants’ activities in the Massif Central, various regional leaders and the other functionaries in Vichy, as well as rescue efforts of the top Vichy leaders. She utilized the Museum’s large archival collection of French national and regional records to complete her research.