Anatomy of Malice

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Anatomy of Malice: Rorschach Results from Nuremberg War Criminals
Joel E. Dimsdale, M.D.
5:00pm, April 3rd, Seuss Room, Geisel Library

rorschach

Forty years ago Joel Dimsdale started researching concentration camp survivors. Little did he know where his journey of discovery would lead him. After a visit of the Nuremberg executioner, he switched from studying victims to perpetrators. His latest research is based on an analysis of Rorschach inkblot tests administered at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. Using extensive archival data, Dimsdale reviews what the Nuremberg Rorschachs can (and cannot) tell us about the Nazi mass murderers.

Dr. Joel E. Dimsdale is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus and Research Professor at the University of California, San Diego, who has authored and edited over 500 publications including Survivors, Victims, and Perpetrators: Essays on the Nazi Holocaust. At this talk he will be introduced by Seth Lerer, the UCSD Dean of Arts and Humanities.

All are welcome! Refreshments Provided!

For driving and parking directions please visit libraries.ucsd.edu/hlhw/events.html or contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu 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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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 marciatw@lfjcc.com 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 libraries.ucsd.edu/hlhw/events.html or contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu 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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Commemorating Kristallnacht

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Commemorating Kristallnacht

Photo: Archive: DPA (http://www.badische-zeitung.de/kippenheim/viele-schwaermen-noch–7567881.html)


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 libraries.ucsd.edu/hlhw/events.html or contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu 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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Escaping to Palestine

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Escaping to Palestine

On September 1, 1939, German tanks rolled up into Poland.  World War II had begun.  At the time, Stephen Victor Kraus was 10 years old and lived in Warsaw.  His family decided to escape.  After an arduous journey through Romania, Turkey, and Yugoslavia they arrived in Palestine and safety.  At this event, Kraus will share his memories of a time of turmoil and survival and how he has come to terms with the past.

Map of Polish Collapse

Map of Polish Collapse

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 5 – 7 pm

Where: UC San Diego Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Who: Free and Open to the Public – Refreshments Provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu 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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Sam Horowitz: Hiding from the Nazis

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Sam Horowitz: Hiding from the Nazis

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Nazi Soldiers Discovering Jews Hiding in a Cellar

Sam Horowitz was born in Lopatyn, Poland, today Ukraine. When the Nazis came, he was among the many Jews herded into ghettos. About to be deported to a concentration camp, the family managed to escape. In the dead of night, they trekked back to their village where a Ukrainian farmer took them in. They remained in hiding until the end of the war. After several years in Vienna and Munich, Horowitz immigrated to the US.

Horowitz will share the story of his incredible escape. He will be introduced by UCSD history professor Deborah Hertz, a specialist in modern Jewish and German history.

When: Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 5 – 7 pm

Where: UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Who: Free and Open to the Public – Refreshments Provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

Tal Golan: The Politics of Memory

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Tal Golan:  The Politics of Memory

Tal Golan is a professor of history and son of a Holocaust survivor from Poland.  Yuzhek Goldberg (later Joseph Golan) grew up in the Polish town of Nowe Miastro and spent time in the Warsaw ghetto before going into hiding and later joining the partisans.  At war’s end, he immigrated to Palestine.  Goldberg was one of many Holocaust survivors who kept silent about their ordeal until late in life when he decided to commit his memories to paper.  In this talk, Tal Golan reflects on the politics of memory and the struggle common to many survivors to build a new, Israeli identity.

When: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 5 – 7 pm

Where: UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Who: Free and Open to the Public – Refreshments Provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

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Michael Bart: The Partisans of Vilna

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Michael Bart: The Partisans of Vilna

Until Our Last Breath

To honor this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha-Shoah), Michael Bart shares the incredible story of his parents Zenia Lewinson and Leizer Bart who were both members of the Lithuanian partisan group “The Avengers.” Under the leadership of the Zionist Abba Kovner, they vowed to resist the Nazis “until our last breath” – the title of Bart’s award-winning book about the Vilna partisans. At this special event Bart relates the struggle of his parents and talks about his own ten-year-long journey to recover their history.

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 5 – 7 pm

Where: UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Who: Free and Open to the Public – Refreshments Provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund and the Ghosts of Nuremberg

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund and the Ghosts of Nuremberg

The Nuremberg Legacy

San Diego Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund is a witness to history in two senses. After graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism, Ehrenfreund joined the U.S. Army and took part in the Allied reconquest of Western Europe under General Patton. After the war, he covered the Nuremberg war crimes trials as a reporter for Stars and Stripes, the army newspaper. His experiences in Nuremberg ultimately resulted in Ehrenfreund’s extraordinary 2007 book, The Nuremberg Legacy, written from his dual perspectives as an eyewitness to history and a Superior Court judge. Ehrenfreund will be introduced by UC San Diego historian Patrick Patterson, who teaches a course on international law, war crimes, and genocide.

When:  Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 5 – 7 pm

Where: UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Who: Free and Open to the Public – Refreshments Provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

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Bloodlands

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Bloodlands

Bloodlands

Join us for a talk by Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University and the author of the book Bloodlands:  Europe between Hitler and Stalin.  Since its appearance in 2010 the best-selling book has created a sensation both in the US and abroad.  Snyder will discuss the implications of his unified approach to twentieth-century European history for our understanding of Nazism and Stalinism.  He will be introduced by Amelia Glaser, the Director of the Russian and Soviet Studies program at UC San Diego.

When:  Monday, March 12, 2012, 4 – 6 pm

Where: UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Who: Free and Open to the Public – Refreshments Provided!

Cosponsored by the UCSD Judaic Studies program, the Holocaust Living History Workshpo and the Burke Lectureship.

For more information contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

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German Tragedies

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

German Tragedies: Robert Nichols Remembers

Gustav Landauer and Hedwig Lachmann

Gustav Landauer and Hedwig Lachmann


Robert Nicols, M.D., MPH, is the grandson of the German-Jewish anarchist leader Gustav Landauer who was murdered by Bavarian counter-revolutionaries in 1919 and of the poet and translator Hedwig Lachmann who died of influenza towards the end of the Great War.  In 1939 he and his family fled Nazi Germany.  At this special event, Nichols talks about the difficulties starting a new life on another continent and shares stories and pictures of his famous family.

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 5-7 pm

Where: UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Who: Free and Open to the Public – Refreshments Provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

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