Winter 2012 Holocaust Living History Speaker Series


The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

He Walked Through Walls: A Reading & Discussion of Survival Ethics
5:00pm, January 9th, Seuss Room, Geisel Library
He Walked Through Walls tells the story of a man caught up in the major tragedies of the twentieth century. Born in Poland in 1901, Henyek Miedzianagora survived three European wars including World War II and the Holocaust. Written by his daughter Myriam Miedzian, the book reads like a memoir and raises important questions about the ethics of survival. Dr. Miedzian is a professor of philosophy and the author of numerous books, articles, blogs, and op-eds on social, cultural, and political issues.


We are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust
7:00 pm, January 30th, JCC Astor Judaica Library

Speaker Ellen Cassedy, a scholar of Yiddish and a playwright, researches and writes about Lithuania’s genocidal past, the Soviet era, and Lithuanian hopes for the future. Her new book We Are Here is a testimony of her decade-long study of an unparalleled tragedy. This event is jointly sponsored by Miriam and Jerome Katzin, and the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. For ticket information please contact Marcia Tatz Woellner at or 858-362-1174.

Jackie Gmach and the Sephardic Experience: Between Two Worlds
5:00pm, February 20th, Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Speaker Jackie-Gmach-Nataf was a little girl when the Germans occupied her native Tunisia.  After spending several years in Israel and then in France, she moved to the US where she became active in Jewish education.  She is currently at work on her memoirs.  This event is sponsored by Joan and Irwin Jacobs.


From Shtetl to Shetl: A Journey Across 3 Continents
5:00pm, March 13th, Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Speaker Dr. Franklin Gaylis, a San Diego physician who grew up in South Africa, has traveled three continents in search of his family’s past in Lithuania and Latvia.


All are welcome! Refreshments Provided!

For driving and parking directions please visit or contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at or 858-534-7661.

The Holocaust Living History Workshop is an outreach and education program sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and UC San Diego Judaic Studies Department.

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