Unless otherwise noted, all events are held at the Geisel library's Seuss room and begin at 5 pm. The events are free and open to the public. Refreshments are provided. For more information contact Susanne Hillman at email@example.com or 858-534-7661.
The Mitzvah ("The Good Deed") is a one-person play that dramatically explores the experience of the many thousands of "Mischlinge" (German men with one or two Jewish Grandparents) who served in the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. A creation of Roger Grunwald and co-author Annie McGreevey, it is followed by a history lesson and a conversation with the audience in one engaging performance. Grunwald is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the London Academic of Music and Dramatic Art and has been a professional performing artist for over thirty years. The Mitzvah Project is an homage to his mother who survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.
Was the Holocaust unique , or was it a catastrophe comparable to other genocides? This question has engaged historians for decades. In this talk Norman Naimark provides a comparative look at the Shoah. Naimark is an American historian and author of Jewish-Galician descent who specializes in modern Eastern European history and the history of ethnic cleansing and genocide. His publications include The Russians in Germany: The History of the Soviet Zone of Occupation; Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in 20th Century Europe; and Stalin's Genocides. Naimark has been awarded the Officers Cross of the Order of Merit by Germany, and he is the recipient of the Alex Springer Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin.
Think oonly of today traces the life of Max Garcia from his childhood in Amsterdam through the Holocaust to his immigration and life in the United States. Born in 1924, Max was interned in Westerbork before being deported to Auschwitz and later Mauthausen. The documentary follows Max’s ordeal through war and incarceration but also explores the effect of the Holocaust on succeeding generations. Interviews with Max’s children and grandchildren reveal the different ways individuals from each generation have grappled with the burden of such a searing experience.
Moselio Schaechter spent his childhood in Mussolini’s Italy. Thanks to a transit visa for Portugal and the United States, the Schaechters made it to Quito, the capital of Ecuador where they arrived in January 1941. Over the next nine years Moselio would struggle to accommodate his Jewish identity with a nascent South American self. In this talk he shares memories of his youth, his experience as part of the Ecuadorian Jewish refugee community, his life in the United States - and his visit to his old "home." Schaechter is distinguished professor emeritus in microbiology at Tufts University and an adjunct professor in microbiology at SDSU and UCSD.
Charlotte Salomom, the daughter of a highly cultivated Jewish family in Berlin and an original writer and artist, was deported to Auschwitze and murdered at the age of twenty-six. In her final work Life? or Theatre? Salomon envisioned the circumstances surrounding the eight suicides in her family, all but one of them women. Life? or Theatre? consists of 769 sequenced autobiographical gouache paintings and is the focus of Darcy C. Buerkle's remarkable recent book Nothing Happened: Charlotte Salomom and an Archive of Suicide. Buerkle is an Associate Professor of History at Smith College.
Serenade is Carol Jean Delmar's tribute to her parents' life, love, and suffering in Fascist Central Europe and Beyond. As a budding opera singer in prewar Vienna, Franz Jung had a promising career ahead of him. Hitler's annexation of Austria made short shrift of his dreams. With the help of HIAS (the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society), Franz and his young wife Franziska made it to Cuba and then to the United States. Though he reached safety, he lost his voice and was forced to abandon his singing career. In this presentation Delmar, an opera and theatre critic based in Los Angeles, recreates her parents' story from Vienna to Hollywood and traces her own journey in the footsteps of their experience.
Chava Rosenfarb was one of the great Yiddish writers of the second half of the 20th century. Burn in 1923 in the Polish city of Lodz, she began writing poetry in the ghetto. After barely surviving Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, she was homeless and stateless for several years before immigrating to Canada. The was married to the abortion rights activist and physician Heniek (Henry) Morganthaler. Rosenfarb's wrok and life will be introduced by her daughter Goldie Morganthaler, a literature professor at the University of Lethbridge and the translator of her mother's works into English.
Tom Segev is a prominent Israeli historian, author, and journalist. A leading figure among the so-called New Historians, he has helped challenge many of the country's traditional narratives or "founding myths." Segev was born in Jerusalem to parents who had fled Nazi Germany. Segev's books include The Seventh Million: the Israelis and the Holocaust (2000); One Palestine Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate (2000); 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East (2006); and Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends (2010). Segev has earned wide praise for his unflinching look at Israel's history and tortured attempt to come to terms with the Holocaust. He is currently at work on a histroy of David Ben Gurion.