Commemorating Kristallnacht

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Commemorating Kristallnacht

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To commemorate the pogrom that started the Nazi assault on Jewish life (November 9/10, 1938) the Holocaust Workshop offers 3 special events in November:

Legalism and Memory: The Post-WWII Identity of Jewish Survivors in Budapest
5:00pm, November 5th, Seuss Room, Geisel Library
Professor Andrea Peto’s talk will focus on the identity of Jewish Holocaust survivors in post-WWII Budapest.  Examining the legal language of the people’s courts, she explores its effects on postwar memory and identify.  She argues that the experiences of Jews in the post-WWII lustration process- a neglected feature of post-WWII political justice- decisively contributed to the formation of a reactive and negative Jewish identify.  Her findings are part of a research project that examines the records of the Hungarian people’s courts.  Peto is an associate professor in the department of Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest and has published widely on the Holocaust.  She is the recipient of the Officer’s Cross Order of the Merit of the Republic of Hungary, awarded by the President of Hungary, and the Bolyai Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Growing up in the Shadow of the Holocaust
5:00pm, November 14th, Seuss Room, Geisel Library
Memories and music by Trudie Richman who is a La Jolla resident, originally from Vienna.

San Diego resident Trudie Richman-Wilder was born in Vienna in 1923 and managed to escape to the US during World War II. Her memoir Escape from Vienna details reminiscences of her childhood and her bid for freedom. An accomplished singer and guitarist who has recorded folksongs for the prestigious Smithsonian Folkways label, Richman will conclude her presentation with some Yiddish songs.

An Evening with Madame F.
5:00pm, November 26th, Mandeville Recital Hall (the Recital Hall is located in Mandeville Center)

Performance artist and playwright Claudia Stevens whose parents fled flee Europe uses music to explore the Holocaust. An Evening with Madame F. focuses on the real-life experience of Fania Fenelon, a member of the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz who was forced to perform to an audience of concentration camp guards. Fenelon’s story raises profound ethical questions which Stevens addresses in an original, interactive way. Stevens has been a creative and performing artist for many years. Her numerous honors include residencies at the Gitameit Art Center in Rangoon, Burma; RS9 Studio Theatre in Budapest; and  Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center. She regularly performs her solo plays at leading universities and arts centers in the United States.

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 UCSD Library and UCSD Judaic Studies Department.

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