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New Research and Resources On Children And The Holocaust
February 26–27, 2013
Children selected for deportation bid farewell to their families through the wire fence of the central prison during the Gehsperre Aktion in the Lodz ghetto, September 1942. US Holocaust Memorial Museum
This symposium explores the evolution of the study of children and the Holocaust ten years after the Center first convened a conference on the topic. Drawing from new Museum resources, presenters will explore such familiar subjects as hiding and rescue, as well as new areas like postwar identity, history and memory, and the challenges and opportunities of child survivor testimony itself.
The symposium is made possible through the generosity of the Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus Fund for the Study of the Fate and Rescue of Children.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Paul A. Shapiro, Director, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Susan Rubin Suleiman, C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University, and 2009–2010 J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Omer Bartov, John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and Professor of History and of German Studies, Brown University, and 2012–13 J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Children’s Sphere: Acculturation and the Contexts of Rescue
Jennifer Marlow, PhD Candidate, Michigan State University
Rescue of Children during the Holocaust in the North Caucasus
Sufian Zhemukhov, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University
Private Citizens and American Rescue: Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus and the 50 Children of Vienna
Robert Williams, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Judith Gerson, Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University
Victims and Threats, Wanderers and Citizens: Rethinking the Processes of Rehabilitation for Child Survivors in Britain and Palestine/Israel
Mary Fraser Kirsh, PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison
In the Pipeline: Children, Families, and Europe’s DP Crisis, 1945–1951
Adam Seipp, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M University
“In the Best Interest of the Child”: Hidden Jewish Children and State Decisions in Postwar Netherlands
Diane Wolf, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Suzanne Vromen, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Bard College
The World of the Child: Children and Coping in Wartime Europe
Patricia Heberer, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies,
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
“Nobody Knew about My Existence”: Young Soviet Jews, the Nazi Genocide, and the Challenges of Being a Soviet Partisan
Anika Walke, Postdoctoral Fellow, International and Area Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
Uncovering the Hidden Child: Jewish Children and the Holocaust in The Search (1948)
Anna Holian, Associate Professor of History, Arizona State University
Leah Wolfson, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies,
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Gideon Frieder, PhD, A. James Clark Chair Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Sciences, George Washington University, and Survivor Volunteer, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Marie Kaufman, Organizer, Child Survivors of the Holocaust, Los Angeles
Harry Davids, The Righteous Conversations Project of
Simone Schweber, Goodman Professor of Education and Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison
On this day 68 years ago, Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp, created and operated by German Nazis. It is of course a day to remember. To remember the facts. To remember the horror. To remember the people. But it is also a day to remember to look forward.
More than 1.3 million children, women, and men lost their lives in the camp, according to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, which maintains the site for memorialization and education. The vast majority of the people killed there were Jews — murdered as victims of the crime that we now recognize as genocide. At the same time, tens of thousands of other people were also deported to Auschwitz to die because of their identity — Poles, Roma and Sinti, Soviet prisoners of war, homosexuals, and political prisoners. We remember them too on this day.
Each of the human beings slaughtered in Auschwitz-Birkenau, and killed in the Holocaust as a whole — beaten, worked, or starved to death, subjected to ghastly experimentation, raped, tortured, shot, hung, gassed and cremated — each of them came from a family. Each was somebody’s mother or father, sister or brother, daughter or son, wife or husband.
The testimonies of those who survived are one way we know of the suffering and commemorate the loss. Scholarly research helps us to understand how it happened, if less clearly or satisfactorily why. In fact we continue to discover new information about the Holocaust, and with it, our understanding of what happened continues to change.
Yet the promise that emerged from those events, the pledge of “Never Again,” remains to be fulfilled. That phrase, according to the pioneering Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg, first appeared on signs put up by prisoners in Buchenwald at the end of World War II. Very quickly it came to be understood to mean “No More Genocide,” and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the first human rights treaty adopted by the United Nations, in 1948, seemed to represent a concrete and important step toward making good on that promise. Since then, however, not a decade has passed without a genocide or atrocity crimes of a similar scale taking place.
In 2008, the Auschwitz Institute organized the first running of its Raphael Lemkin Seminar for Genocide Prevention, named after the man who invented the term genocide and held on the grounds of the Auschwitz concentration camp, in cooperation with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. While the museum is focused on memorializing and educating about the past, the Auschwitz Institute’s mission — building a worldwide network of policymakers with the tools and the commitment to prevent genocide — looks squarely toward the future.
Our latest initiative — born in 2012 at the request of government officials themselves, with the Auschwitz Institute serving as catalyst — is the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. And today, in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we are proud and excited to present a new model for organizing government to prevent genocide.
Argentina’s National Mechanism for Prevention of Genocide, conceived by the National Directorate on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in the Ministry of Defense in collaboration with numerous other national governmental institutions, is an attempt to put into practice the commitments Argentina undertook when it ratified the Genocide Convention in 1956.
Like the Atrocities Prevention Board created by the U.S. government last year, the Argentinean national mechanism provides for interagency coordination on the federal level. Unlike the U.S. board, however, Argentina’s proposal involves not only the federal government, but provincial (i.e., state) governments as well. Also unlike the U.S. model, it provides for ongoing training and development of education for all relevant civil servants in genocide prevention, human rights, and international humanitarian law, as well as “development of standards and criteria for evaluating mass media, communications, and public relations messaging.” Finally, it envisions coordination in policymaking and processing information with not only the UN but also relevant regional bodies.
The Auschwitz Institute does not believe there is only one way to prevent genocide. In every facet of our work, we support local solutions and insist that each state has the responsibility to develop a means of preventing genocide that makes sense for itself. We are encouraged to see a state like Argentina, with its own terrible legacy of state-sponsored atrocities, not only coming to terms with history but leading the way forward into the future. So today, as we remember the horrors of the past, we may also take solace in knowing there is progress being made, and new ideas coming to life, in the effort to make “Never Again” more than a slogan.
Leon Leyson, who was among the youngest of refugees to be saved from the Holocaust by German businessman Oskar Schindler, has died.
He was 83.
Read his obituary here.
2013 Calendar of Holocaust Remembrance Events
The 2013 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is built around the theme “Rescue during the Holocaust: The Courage to Care”. Through exhibits, film, educational activities and the annual memorial ceremony, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme and the global network of United Nations Information Centres honour those who risked their own lives to save tens of thousands of Jews, Roma and Sinti and others from near certain death under the Nazi regime during the Second World War in Europe. The week’s events, beginning on 22 January 2013, will provoke each participant’s own thoughts and beliefs about the moral values and courage that lie behind such daring acts of rescue and the importance of preserving human dignity and protecting human rights.
Tuesday, 22 January – Joint Exhibition Opening
Venue: UN Visitors Lobby
Time: 6:00 p.m.
“The World Knew — Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity”
This exhibit lays out the captivating background of Polish native Jan Kozielewski, who under the assumed name of Jan Karski served as a courier for the Polish Underground State and informed Allied leaders about Nazi Germany’s ongoing extermination of the Jews. Karski was a Roman Catholic who later attained American citizenship and was named an honourary citizen of Israel and a Righteous Among the Nations. The exhibit has been produced by the Polish History Museum in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and the Jan Karski Educational Foundation.
“Whoever Saves a Single Life … Rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust”
This exhibit showcases some of those rare but exceedingly important instances where people fought to safeguard their Jewish fellow citizens during the Holocaust. In a time of overwhelming death and destruction, rescuers did not stand by silently. They chose another way, and their bravery offers us a glimmer of hope. It shows us that people are able to make choices and act on them, even in the face of powerful constraints, offering us a lesson on the universal value of the preservation of human life, human dignity, and human rights. It shows us that people are able to make choices and act on them, even in the face of powerful constraints, offering us a lesson on the universal value of the preservation of human life, human dignity and human rights. The exhibit has been produced by The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.
REGISTER ONLINE to attend joint exhibition opening (rsvp by 17 January 2013)
Wednesday, 23 January – Film Screening and Panel Discussion of “The Rescuers”
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Venue: ECOSOC Chamber, North Lawn Building
This documentary film by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Michael King chronicles the heroic efforts of a dozen diplomats who used the powers and privileges tied to their postings throughout Europe to save the lives of tens of thousands of Jews during the Second World War. These 12 individuals – from a Muslim Turk stationed in Greece to a Japanese envoy posted in Lithuania – took enormous personal risks to their lives and livelihoods to help others in dire circumstances. Michael King follows Sir Martin Gilbert, an eminent Holocaust historian who lost family members to the Holocaust, and Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist whose family was murdered during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, as he interviews Holocaust survivors and descendants of the rescuers. Producer Joyce D. Mandell will introduce the film. Michael King and Leon Moed, a Holocaust rescuee, will take part in Q&A following the screening. The screening is organized by the United Nations Holocaust Programme in partnership with the United States Mission to the United Nations and Sousa Mendes Foundation.
Thursday, 24 January DPI NGO Briefing “Rescue during the Holocaust: The Story of the Danish Jews” Contact: email@example.com
Friday, 25 January Holocaust Memorial Ceremony “Rescue during the Holocaust: The Courage to Care”
Venue: General Assembly Hall (UN HQ)
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Anchored by this year’s theme of “Rescue during the Holocaust: The Courage to Care”, this solemn ceremony includes a video message by the United Nations Secretary-General and statements by H.E. Mr. Raymond Serge Balé, Vice-President of the sixty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly, delivered on behalf of H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremiæ, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Ron Prosor, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations and H.E. Ms. Signe Burgstaller, Deputy Permanent Representatives of Sweden to the United Nations. Professor Ethel Brooks, who is Romani and a sociologist at Rutgers University, will share her perspective on the impact of Nazi terror and murder on Roma and Sinti families, while the keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Mordecai Paldiel of Yeshiva University, who is a Jewish Holocaust survivor and leading authority on the acts of rescue during the Holocaust. Professor Paldiel is the former director of the Department of the Righteous at Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, which marks its 50th anniversary in 2013. Cantor Chaim David Berson will recite memorial prayers. The music during the ceremony will be performed by the Motyl Chamber Ensemble.
“60 Years of Material Restitution: History and Challenges” organized by B’nai B’rith International
Venue: Baha’i International Community 866 UN Plaza
Time: 9:15 a.m.
RSVP required by January 21 to rsvpUN@bnaibrith.org or 212-557-0019
B’nai B’rith International is organizing a special breakfast programme on 60 years of material restitution, its history and challenges. Allan J. Jacobs, B’nai B’rith International President will open the event. Remarks will be made by Arie Bucheister, Senior Restitution Specialist, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and Daniel S. Mariaschin, Executive Vice President, B’nai B’rith International.
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We are pleased to announce that the World Premiere of our new documentary “Castaways” will take place at the Walter Reade Theater (Lincoln Center) in New York on January 21 at 6PM and January 22 at 4 PM as part of the New York Jewish Film Festival. “Castaways” is co-directed by Slawomir Grünberg and Tomasz Wisniewski and edited by Katka Reszke with music by Beate Schützmann-Krebs. This short documentary tells about the desperate acts of condemned parents to save their children on the way to the Nazi death camp of Treblinka.
We are taking this opportunity to remind you about our Kickstarter Campaign for our partially animated documentary “Karski & The Lords of Humanity”. To date, doctor we have 48 backers and a total of $6,295 pledged. The new goal is $45,000.00, and the new deadline is February 7th 2013.
To make your pledge, please go to the New Kickstarter for “Karski & The Lords of Humanity”:
You have the opportunity to become a Partner, an Honorary Producer, Co-Executive Producer or Presenting Partner/Executive Producer of our film. Your contribution will help us complete the film “Karski & The Lords of Humanity” and raise awareness of Jan Karski and his legacy. You will also become a valued member of the “Karski & The Lords of Humanity” community.
For more information about the movie please go to www.jankarski.com
With best wishes,
and the “Karski & The Lords of Humanity” Production Team