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March 2021

Tradition!: The Making of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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.

Pre-registration required here.

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

Discussion on Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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.

Event is made possible by Casa Belvedere. To register visit their website at casa-belvedere.org/.

With Pen and Pistol: Heroines of the Holocaust

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“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.

Wagner faculty member and Holocaust Center Director, Lori Weintrob will lead this discussion.

Event made possible by the Holocaust Memorial Center. More information about this and future events visit their website.

Heroines of The Holocaust

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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 this event with the Museum of Jewish Heritage at their website.

‘Cultural Genocide’ in Vienna during the Holocaust

March 29 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Vienna’s five Jewish cemeteries are potent sites for construction and contestation of Austria’s Jewish heritage.

Dr. Tim Corbett will discuss issues raised in his forthcoming book 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.

Event will be moderated by Prof. Laura Morowitz, Art Historian.

Pre-registration required here.

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

April 2021

From Romania to Auschwitz to New York: The Hecht Family

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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 will join the discussion.

Pre-registration required here.

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

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