Dana Raphael

Wolf Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow

20212022 Forum on Migration

Dana Raphael

French & Francophone Studies; Neuroscience; Minor in Chemistry

CAS, 2022

(Research Fellowship, Fall 2021 only)

Dana Raphael is a senior double-majoring in French and Francophone Studies and Neuroscience, with a minor in Chemistry. Her research as part of the Wolf Humanities Center Fellowship focuses on the migration and translation of memories in Holocaust-era France. As a great-granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, she is interested in investigating how memories were retained during the war, the various ways by which they influenced survivors’ post-war lives, and the transmission of those memories to future generations. Apart from her interest in humanities research which will complement her honors thesis in the French department, Dana also conducts biomedical research in a neuroscience laboratory at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dana is also a University Scholar, serves as a CURF Research Peer Advisor, and volunteers with the Francophone Community Partnership. In her free time, Dana enjoys baking, learning about different world cultures, and admiring art. 

At the Crossroads of Life and Death: The Migration of Memories in Holocaust-era France from the Past to the Present

The overarching objective of this project is to explore the various nuances of the theme of migration during Holocaust-era France. More specifically, this project aims to investigate the connection between physical migration and the migration of memories. Railways and crossroads, both physical and metaphorical, will serve as a guiding principle in the undertaking of this research project, given their pertinence to migration and deep-rooted entanglement with the dark realities of the Holocaust. The specific objectives of the proposed project are three-fold. Using virtual audiovisual survivor testimonies and autobiographical survivor memoirs, this project seeks to analyze the various routes of physical migration of Jews deported from France during the Holocaust, the migration of memories accompanying these deportations, and the restitching of memories in the post-war era.