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EVENTS: SPRING 2022

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JANUARY 27 2022: INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

“WHY ANTISEMITISM MATTERS TODAY AROUND THE GLOBE”

Sponsored with the The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center, the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College, and others.

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FEBRUARY 10 2022@ 1:00 PM

register in advance: https://wagner.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAuf-uorDgsGtIiXW1BUUh12hWewlShKu7A

“IGNORANCE, ABUSE AND COMPETITION IN THE POLITICS OF HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE”
DR. DIRK RUPNOW, PROFESSOR AT THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY AND DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY AND HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF INNSBRUCK
After a period of globalization and institutionalization, Holocaust remembrance appears to be subject to profound changes. This talk attempts to outline the status and the present challenges in European, “Western” and global contexts. It will raise questions about the meaning of Holocaust remembrance in the increasingly divers European “migration societies”, not the least during a moment of a perceived refugee crises in Europe, as well as evident Racism and ever growing Islamophobia; and at the same time, the global “competition” between memory of the Holocaust and the crimes of European colonial powers, as well as their relative place in European memory. These are not new questions, but ones that are increasingly relevant and controversial.
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MARCH 6@ 1:00 PM

Dr. Andrea Pető is Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Vienna Austria and a Doctor of Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

“The Politics of a New Hannah Szenes Memorial”

This talk focuses on the commemoration of Jewish and Hungarian heroine Hannah (Anikó) Szenes in Budapest, on the 100th anniversary of her birth. At twenty-three years old, Szenes parachuted into Yugoslavia in March 1944 where she was caught, tortured and executed.While her life story has been canonized in Israel, in her native land of Hungary she has largely been condemned to oblivion. The different circles of memory and forgetting around Szenes are made up of key elements of 20th century Hungarian, European and Israeli history, which intersected precisely in narrating Szenes’ life story. Dr.Pető will further shed light on the  historical oblivion that so often befalls women who perform historical deeds.

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APRIL 28,7 PM IN HONOR OF YOM HASHOAH

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://wagner.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvcO-upjkuG9e-DuoYefYKhbYg8sC0cwpU

Yom Ha’Shoah 2022 Holocaust Martyrs and Heroism Day

Holocaust Martyrs and Heroism Day – “Ordinary People” as Heroes for Hiding Jews. Please join us on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. for an event led by guest speaker Leo Ullman. Of the approximately 159,000 Jews in the Netherlands before World War II, an estimated 25,000 men, women, and children went into hiding, including 3 1/2 year old Leo Ullman. Mr. Ullman will present his and his family’s personal experiences, which are also chronicled in his book, 796 Days and a film, There Were Good People Doing Extraordinary Deeds…Leo Ullman’s Story. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School and Business School, Mr. Ullman has a long and distinguished career as a lawyer and as a real estate entrepreneur. Mr. Ullman is profoundly devoted to promoting Holocaust education, including serving many years as Chairman of the Anne Frank Center, USA, and presently as Chairman of the Foundation for the National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam, Inc. A candle lighting ceremony will feature remarks by Professor Emile Schrijve, General Director and founder of the Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam, Mr. Robert-Jan Schimmel, grandson of Hendrik and Jannigje Schimmel (“Righteous Among the Nations”), who had Mr. Ullman, and Ms. Julie Marthe Cohen, a second generation survivor and curator of the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. Laura Ullman Schwartz, daughter of Leo and Kay Ullman, will moderate the Q&A. The event will begin with a performance of Kol Nidre on cello. Please indicate below whether you plan to attend via Zoom or in-person. Please note that in-person space is limited, so please register at your earliest convenience. All guests planning to attend in-person must provide proof of vaccination prior to the event. We hope to see you there!

 

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PAST EVENTS FALL 2021



Photo: Liberation, 1945: Lore Baer (first row, middle) and her mother Edith,
along with her rescuer Cornelia Schouten (second row, 3rd from left) and her family and other helpers in the Netherlands.

Please join us for the 6th Annual Egon J. Salmon and Family Commemoration of Kristallnacht and the S.S. St. Louis

BEYOND ANNE FRANKHiding from the Nazis in the Netherlands

Lore Baer Azaria, Holocaust survivor and art therapist, whose experiences are featured in the 1997 children’s book: Hidden from the Nazis by David Adler (1997) and in the film Secret Lives: Hidden Children and their Rescuers during WWII (2003), directed by Avivia Slesin.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EST via Zoom

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Black Heroines of World War II
September 30, 11:30 a.m. via Zoom

As spies, nurses and clandestine couriers, Black women in France played vital, overlooked roles in the anti-Nazi war effort. Jane Vialle, an operative for Combat in  Southern France, was arrested in 1943 for treason, but survived and became a Senator. Josephine Baker’s fight against Hitler’s Regime from Berlin to Lisbon has earned her a place in the Pantheon of French heroism.

Annette Joseph-Gabriel is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of Michigan and author, Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (University of Illinois Press, 2020).  Introductory remarks by Virginia Allen, Staten Island’s “Black Angel” nurse.

Krakow Women and Resistance (Power of our Stories)
Sponsored by the New Cracow Friendship Society
October 17, 1:00 p.m.

An exploration of the voices and resistance activities of several notable Jewish women, including Gusta Dawidson Draenger, code name Justyna, with speaker Sheryl Ochayon, of Echoes and Reflections and Yad Vashem. Introducted and moderated by Lori Weintrob, Wagner College.

Israel Night: Media Bias (with Hillel of Wagner College)
October 5, 1:00 p.m.via Zoom and in-person

Join Wagner College Hillel as we host a guest speaker to help us discuss media biases concerning Israel and current Israeli affairs. This disucssion is bound to challenge all who attend and foster conversations for people of all religions, experiences, and backgrounds. All are welcome and encouraged to join for this powerful discussion. Several Wagner students will briefly present their own experiences in Israel.

Jews of Color Count
Wednesday, October 26. 6:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored with the Dr. Esther Grushkin Center for Arts + Culture, with Ms. Ginna Green, a political strategist, former Chief Strategy Officer at Bend the Arc: Jewish Action and a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Green will share her vision of a vibrant, equitable, multiracial Jewish community.

More than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympic Games
October 31, 4:00 p.m.via Zoom

Sponsored by the Sousa Mendes Foundation, this event features Jesse Owen’s grandson, Scott Owen Rankin, executive director of the Jesse Owens Foundation, Dr. Lori Weintrob, Wagner College, and Anita L. DeFrantz, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, moderated by Robert Jacobvitz. Register here: https://sousamendesfoundation.org/event/jesse-owens

Across the Pyrenees: Helping Jewish Refugees Fleeing Nazi Terror
October 14, 4:15 p.m. via Zoom

Nazi persecution caused Jews from Germany, Austria and other countries to seek refuge in France, or to travel through France on their way out of Europe. Many without proper visas were forced to walk across the Pyrenees to reach Spain and Portugal, avoiding border patrols, to then catch ships to other continents. Those who guided the Jewish refugees on this arduous trek, known as passeurs, faced many dangers. Two female passeurs will be examined in depth.

Jacqueline Adams is an award-winning sociologist and Senior researcher at the University of California, Berkeley for the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and a Research Fellow in 2021-2022 at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem.

Luncheon in honor of Rabbi Samuel Kastel, Dan Glassman, and Dr. Lori Weintrob
November 14, 12:00 p.m.

This event supports and is held at Congregation B’nai Jeshrun, 275 Martling Avenue, Staten Island, NY.

Tickets are available ($75/pp) on the CBJ wesbite: https:www.cbjsi.com/

Empowering Women: Lessons from a Survivor of Genocide
November 17, 11:30 p.m.via Zoom/In-person

This event will feature speaker Consolee Nishimwe, global human rights activist and author of Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope.

 

 

 


PAST EVENTS

Spring 2021 Events

January 20, 7pm: 
One Hand, One Heart: An intergenerational celebration of Broadway and Yiddish Song

A multi-ethnic singing club, Shir Levav (Sing from the Heart) joins with Holocaust Survivor Arthur Spielman to perform music by Jewish composers of Broadway and a few favorite Yiddish songs. Guest Host: 2nd generation survivor Mickey Tennenbaum, Professor of Theater, Wagner College. Ms. Jan Martin will offer opening remarks. Co-Sponsored by the Wagner College Chai Society and Holocaust Center and the Staten Island Jewish Community Center, Esther Grushkin Seminars in Adult Jewish Education (SAJE).

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://wagner.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvcO2qqD4qH90tnvM4DN6pJbCb8bbLpxdd 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For information, contact Prof. Lori Weintrob: holocaust.center@wagner.edu

January 27, 7pm
Intergenerational Transmission of Mass Trauma in Families of Survivors

Keynote: Irit Felsen, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma and traumatic loss teaches at Columbia University and Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University.

With a special presentation and candle lighting by Manny Saks and Rabbi Mark Ben-Aron, 2nd Generation, and 3G grandchildren of Staten Island’s Holocaust Survivors. 

International Holocaust Remembrance Commemoration

Co-sponsored by Staten Island Inter-religious Leadership, Wagner College Holocaust Center, Chai Society and Hillel, Congregation B’nai Jeshrun, COJO (Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island) and CURT (Communities United for Respect and Trust).

This live talk and Q&A will explore the strengths, challenges and long-term effects of trauma, with particular relevance to children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, and its relevance in the current moment. 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://wagner.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtd-2sqjorH9dRcaT1nf9d47DyRVPjV4M7
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For information, contact Prof. Lori Weintrob: holocaust.center@wagner.edu

February 24 (1-2pm NY time, 8-9pm Israel time)
The Artist as Holocaust Heroine: Friedl Dicker-Brandeis 

Speaker: Elena Makarova is a writer, educator, historian and exhibit curator, specializing in Jewish spiritual resistance in the Terezin Ghetto and Concentration Camp, particularly through art. Ms. Markova will talk about Dicker-Brandeis’ exceptional work as a teacher and her impact on modern art therapy. This event will be moderated by Prof. Lori R. Weintrob, Director, Wagner College Holocaust Center, who will discuss how Dicker-Brandeis’ political commitments informed her educational vision. 

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Feb 24, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://wagner.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvd-mprT0jE9xF8lf8c9Ev6eyqCNw8ub1z

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

March 1, 7-8:15pm
Tradition!: The Making of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish.”

Join the conversation with Roy Gabay, producer of the Yiddish version of Sholem Aleichem’s work, Fiddler on the Roof, along with two actors, Jennifer Babiak and WCT graduate, Jonathan Quigley. Babiak played Golde, the mother of five daughters. A brief clip of Quigley in the “bottle dance” will be shown. We’ll discuss how the Yiddish production came to be, the hurdles the cast had to overcome and the meaningful experiences for all involved. 

Moderated by Todd Price, professor in the Theatre and Arts Administration programs at Wagner College who also serves as Director of the Stanley Drama Awards.

This event is sponsored by the Wagner College Holocaust Center and Wagner College Theatre.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://wagner.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApdeuhqDouHdGB0t1waLia6loMOdv0Sf0o 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thursday, March 4th 7:00-9:00pm
Primo Levi (1919-1987), Holocaust survivor

How can one find the words to describe the trauma and agony suffered at Auschwitz after one’s humanity has been taken away? Francesco Bonavita will explore Levi’s life; how Italian Jews saw themselves vis-à-vis the rise of fascism; his experience at Auschwitz; and his commitment to keep alive the narrative of the Holocaust. Born in Rome, Bonavita earned his doctorate in Comparative Literature on the Italian Renaissance.  He taught at Kean University and NYU and writes about Italian cities on his blog, www.thewondersofitaly.com.

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March 15, 4-5:30 pm
Mildred Harnack and the German Resistance to Hitler

CUNY Center for the Study of Women and Society. Free public zoom lecture:

Rebecca Donner will discuss the challenges in writing All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days, a work of narrative nonfiction about her great-great-aunt Mildred Harnack, the only American in the leadership of Berlin ’ s underground resistance during the Nazi regime. She will speak about the often-lost narrative of women in the German resistance and her archival discoveries as she set out to fuse elements of biography, political thriller, and scholarly detective story, interweaving letters, diaries, notes smuggled out of a Berlin prison, testimony of survivors, and declassified intelligence documents to reconstruct the moral courage of an enigmatic woman nearly erased by history.

For more information or to RSVP, click here: https://bit.ly/WWWLRebeccaDonner.

(Please note: an email with Zoom details will be sent on the day of the event.)

 

March 15, 7-8pm
With Pen and Pistol: Heroines of the Holocaust

Holocaust Memorial Center – Zekelman Family Campus
(See their website for details)
Speaker: Prof. Lori Weintrob

 “You do not know the limits of my courage,” proclaimed Marianne Cohn to the Nazi guards who captured her while smugglng children across the French border to Switzerland. Trapped in Nazi-occupied Europe, thousands of women fought with defiance and dignity with pen and pistol to save themselves and others in situations of great danger and despair. 

March 16th, 7pm Museum of Jewish Heritage
Heroines of The Holocaust

During the Holocaust, more than 3,000 women fought back against the Nazis in ghettos, forced labor camps, concentration camps, and partisan units. Join Dr. Lori Weintrob, Director of the Wagner College Holocaust Center, and Holocaust survivor Rachel Roth and moderator Rokhl Kaffrissen, for a program exploring the heroic lives and legacies of these female resistance fighters. Register for the event: 

https://mjhnyc.org/events/heroines-of-the-holocaust-2/

March 29, 1:15pm
Annihilation or Selective Preservation? The Nazi ‘Cultural Genocide’ in Vienna during the Holocaust

Tim Corbett, Historian

Vienna’s five Jewish cemeteries are potent sites for construction and contestation of Austria’s Jewish heritage. Dr. Corbett will discuss issues raised in his book, Die Grabstätten meiner Väter: die jüdischen Friedhöfe Wiens Böhlau, 2021, about their destruction during the Holocaust and the post-war politics surrounding this form of cultural erasure of the achievements of centuries of Jewish Viennese men and women. A historian, editor, and translator, Dr. Corbett specializes in the modern cultural history of Austrian Jews. He was named as the inaugural 2018 Prins Fellow at the Center for Jewish History in New York. Moderated by Prof. Laura Morowitz, Art Historian. 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://wagner.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqd-GspjwsHdVP6CchZ6IgDCkL3220T4xY
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 For information, contact Prof. Lori Weintrob: holocaust.center@wagner.edu

Wednesday, April 14th @ 7pm 
From Romania to Auschwitz to New York: The Hecht Family

Film and Discussion

An international student from Romania, Rebeca Zoicas was inspired by meeting Auschwitz survivor Stefania Hecht to make a short documentary film. The film follows Stefania’s story from where she grew up in the northern part of Romania (then part of Hungary), to Auschwitz and a work camp in Czechoslovakia and finally to New York City.  Dr. Alex Hecht, Stefania’s son, founded the Northern Transylvania Holocaust Museum in 2005 to promote Holocaust education.  

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Apr 14, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://wagner.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtc-irrD8vGda0bvhzxHWv5WFuadSJS_1Y

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

April 8th, 7pm: 
Staten Island Yom Ha’Shoah Committee Commemoration

Program TBA

April 20, 7 pm:
Anna Wrobel, Bearing Witness: Stories of the Holocaust – “Second Generation/First Person: Memory, History, and Poetry”

Birmingham Holocaust Education Center

Anna Wrobel is the daughter of Holocaust survivors – partisan and soldier – an American historian, teacher, poet and Holocaust Studies educator. Her history essays and poetry appear in Cafe Review, Lilith, Off the Coast and Jewish Currents. Anna has two poetry collections, Marengo Street (2012) and The Arrangement of Things (2018). Her poetry appeared in the University of Maine’s Holocaust Human Rights Center art/poetry exhibit, Dilemma of Memory, and are included in the Maine Jewish history exhibit at the State Museum. She’s presented at the Puffin Foundation on Jewish resistance in WWII and works with the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation, to which her mother, Eta, was a founding consultant.  Shoah poems, taken from her manuscript Sparrow Feathers-Second Generation/First Person, have been used by history and English teachers in high schools, colleges and adult education.

Register Here

 

June 3, 12-1 PM EST
Heroines of the Holocaust: A Mini-Conference

 

 

 

The 5th Annual Egon J. Salmon and Family Commemoration of Kristallnacht and the St. Louis

Nov. 9, 2020, 7:00 pm

 

The Wagner College Holocaust Center welcomes you to join us for the 5th Annual Egon J. Salmon and Family Commemoration of Kristallnacht and the St. Louis on Monday, November 9th via Zoom at 7:00 p.m. The commemoration will be led by guest speaker Julian E. Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and CNN Analyst. This talk willl examine the ways in which fighting anti-Semitism and the quest for racial justice intersect, drawing inspiration from the life and theology of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-72)

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The Sixth Annual Egon J. Salmon and Family Commemoration of Kristallnacht and the S.S. St. Louis
November 19, 2021
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Interview with Survivor Estelle Laughlin, Aunt of WCHC and CHAI Society Board Member Fern Zagor
September 7, 2021
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has devoted a one hour interview special, First Person,
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Fox-Bevilacqua: "We must harness Holocaust Memory to help those trapped in Afghanistan"
August 23, 2021
Noted journalist and filmmaker Marisa Fox-Bevilacqua, second generation survivor, is imploring American
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Dr. Weintrob reviews Batalion's The Light of Days
August 6, 2021
Read Dr. Lori Weintrob's review of our 2022 symposium keynote speaker, Judy Batalion's The Light of
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Faye Shulman (28 November 1919-24 April 2021): Partisan, Photographer, Resister
April 27, 2021
“I want people to know that there was resistance. Jews did not go like sheep to the slaughter. I was
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Dr. Lori Weintrob to speak at Museum of Jewish History on Heroines of the Holocaust
March 10, 2021
presents:   Heroines of the Holocaust Tuesday, March 16 I 7 PM ET Register here: mjhnyc.info/heroines
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OUR VIRTUAL EXHIBIT ON THE HOLOCAUST
March 7, 2021
  We are very pleased to invite you to visit our permanent virtual exhibit on the Holocaust. 
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Dr. Irit Felsen Speaks on Intergenerational Trauma for Holocaust Remembrance Day
February 11, 2021
On Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 we observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day with an interfaith
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COURAGE IN ACTION: HEROINE PARTISAN ETA WROBEL (1916-2008)
January 5, 2021
Eta Wrobel (1916-2008) Possessed of incredible bravery and pluck, Eta Wrobel refused to allow her destiny
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Heroines of the Holocaust: Frameworks of Resistance - An International Symposium: POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 2022
December 11, 2020
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Video Gallery: Full Events

2014 Kristallnacht anniversary program

On Monday, Nov. 10, Wagner College hosted its annual Kristallnacht remembrance luncheon, led by history professor Lori Weintrob. Holocaust survivor Gabi Held talked about his experience as a teenager during Kristallnacht and as a Nazi prisoner in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Wagner Hillel President Julia Teichman, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, also spoke. Watch 2014 Kristallnacht anniversary program

2014 Holocaust Remembrance Day speaker Bronia Brandman

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, Wagner College hosted this year's observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, featuring keynote speaker Bronia Brandman, a survivor of Auschwitz and co-author of "The Girl Who Survived: A True Story of the Holocaust." Brandman is a gallery educator and member of the Speakers Bureau of the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Watch 2014 Holocaust Remembrance Day speaker Bronia Brandman

Remembering Kristallnacht

On Thursday, Nov. 14, Wagner College marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass," with a luncheon lecture by Reni Hanau, a survivor of the Nazi terror. Watch Remembering Kristallnacht

A Holocaust Cabaret: Theater as Resistance

Survivor testimony adapted for the theater and performed by students. Based on interviews from the USC Shoah Foundation. Directed by Theresa McCarthy and Lori Weintrob. Video by Theresa Reed. Watch A Holocaust Cabaret: Theater as Resistance

Meet Consolee Nishimwe

Consolee Nishimwe is a Rwandan genocide survivor who shares her story of survival and forgiveness with global audiences. Nishimwe recently visited Wagner College where she spoke to students from Port Richmond High School. Watch Meet Consolee Nishimwe
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