Fleeing Fascism: Andrew Viterbi Remembers

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Fleeing Fascism: Andrew Viterbi Remembers

Mussolini in Italy

Mussolini

 

Happy New Year! The series kicks off with a presentation by Andrew J. Viterbi. Viterbi was born in the Italian town of Bergamo in 1935. When life became more and more difficult for Jews in Mussolini’s Italy, his family decided to emigrate to the United States. Starting out as a virtually penniless refugee who could hardly speak English, Viterbi later rose to prominence as an electrical engineer, the inventor of the Viterbi algorithm, and the co-founder of Qualcomm. By way of providing a contrast to his own stunning life-story, Viterbi will also talk about the wartime experience of his cousin by marriage, the world-famous writer and survivor of Auschwitz Primo Levi. UCSD professor Deborah Hertz provides a brief historical introduction to these remarkably varied stories.

When: Wednesday, January 25, 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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Musical Journeys: Shtetl, Ghetto, Israel

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Musical Journeys: Shtetl, Ghetto, Israel

Our last fall event features San Diego singer and educator Elisheva Edelson. Edelson learned her first Yiddish songs from her father, a Holocaust survivor. Later on, she studied at “Der Yiddisher Shule” in Mexico where she became involved in Holocaust memorialization. Besides teaching and performing songs in Yiddish, Ladino, and Hebrew, Edelson will provide some background information on the significance of music to the modern Jewish experience. Local Holocaust survivors are invited to attend the event and to share memories of their life before the war.

Check out songs performed by Elisheva Edelson!

When: Tuesday Nov. 22, 2011, 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.

Memories of Kristallnacht and Beyond: Five Years Forced Labor

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Memories of Kristallnacht and Beyond: Five Years Forced Labor

When the Nazis unleashed the pogrom that came to be known as Kristallnacht (Crystal Night), Gerhard Maschkowski was barely fourteen years old.  The son of a WW I veteran blinded in combat, Gerhard grew up in West Prussian Elbing where he experienced prejudice and persecution firsthand. In the wake of Kristallnacht, he spent several stints in the forced labor camps of Jessenmühle and Neuendorf. From here he was deported to Auschwitz-Monowitz where he worked variously in a cement and an electricians’ detachment. After barely surviving a grueling death march, he ended up in a hospital in Breslau, which the Russians liberated in early May 1945. In commemoration of the horrifying event that started it all (Nov. 9, 1938), Maschkowski will share the impact these events have had on his life.

Professor Richard Biernacki offers some introductory remarks from the perspective of the sociologist.

When: Wednesday Nov. 9, 2011, 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.

Under the Shadow of the Holocaust

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Under the Shadow of the Holocaust: a Hungarian Woman in Auschwitz

Agathe Ehrenfried grew up in Rakosliget, Hungary. She was twenty-one years old when, in 1944, the Germans occupied her country and soon after began rounding up the Jews. Over the course of the next twelve months Ehrenfried passed through several concentration camps including Auschwitz-Birkenau and Plaszow (Krakow), an experience that will forever be etched in her mind. Today, Ehrenfried speaks about her traumatic past at schools and stresses the need to keep “the flame of memory” alive.  Agathe Ehrenfried will be introduced by Phyllis Epstein, a local philanthropist and community leader who is actively involved in the Shoah Foundation Institute.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 5 -7 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library Building, UC San Diego

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 Spirit Never Dies

The Holocaust Living Workshop presents:

Dr. Edith Eger:  The Spirit Never Dies

Edith Eger

Edith Eger

Dr. Edith Eger was born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia. As a girl Edith loved to dance. Her training  came in handy when, at sixteen, she was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Asked to perform in front of the infamous camp physician Dr. Mengele, Edith closed her eyes and imagined that she was Juliet in Tchaikovsky’s fantasy overture Romeo and Juliet.  After the war, she moved to the United States and became a clinical psychologist with her own practice in La Jolla. A popular motivational speaker, Dr. Eger has talked to many audiences including the prime minister of New Zealand and Oprah Winfrey. She will be introduced by Armin Owzar, a visiting history professor from Germany, who opens the talk with some reflections on the broader historical context of her ordeal.<

Wednesday, June 1, 2011, 5 -7 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library Building, UC San Diego

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.

From Tajikistan to the Moon

The Holocaust Living Workshop presents:

Robert Frimtzis: From Tajikistan to the Moon

Originally from Beltz in Bessarabia (today’s Moldova), Robert Frimtzis was ten years old when Germany invaded the Soviet Union. To escape persectution, the family fled eastward to remote Tajikistan. After the war he ended up in a Displaced Persons camp in Cremona, Italy. Barely 19, Robert immigrated to the United States, where he earned a Master’s Degree in engineering and was part of NASA’s Apollo program. His memoirs, From Tajikistan to the Moon (available at the UCSD Libraries), were published in 2008.  He will be introduced by Professor Amelia Glaser, Acting Director of the Soviet and Russian Studies Program. Her introduction will provide some essential historical background to Robert’s unusual experience.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011, 5 -7 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library Building, UC San Diego

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.

Kiss Every Step

The Holocaust Living Workshop presents:

Doris Martin: Kiss Every Step

Doris Martin, born and raised in Bedzin, Poland, was taken to Auschwitz at sixteen and from there to the Ludwigsdorf slave labor camp in Lower Silesia, a sub-camp of Gross-Rosen.  For almost 3 years she struggled against depravation, despair, and the ever-present threat of death.  After the war, Martin was too traumatized to talk about her horrifying experience.  With the help of her husband she finally committed her unique story to paper, the result of which was her book, Kiss Every Step (available at UCSD Libraries).  Martin will be introduced by Professor Deobrah Hertz, who considers her experience from the historian’s perspective.

Wednesday April 6th, 2011, 5 -7 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library Building, UC San Diego

Doris Martin (far left) and her family, right after the war

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.

From Bialystok to Palestine

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

From Bialystok to Palestine

After passing through several concentration camps Ben Midler went to Palestine where he joined the Jewish underground army. He describes life on the frontlines and explains what prompted him to emigrate to the United States.  Check out Mr. Midler’s book– The Life of a Child Survivor from Bialystok, Poland

Ben Midler and his family before immigrating to the US in 1959

Ben Midler and his family before immigrating to the US in 1959

Join us on Wednesday, February 9th, 5  – 7 pm in the S&E Events Room in the Science & Engineering Library in the Geisel Library building
Open to the public. Refreshments will be served

For more information, please contact Susanne Hillman, the program coordinator, at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661

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Conversations of Reflection: We Remember

Hanna Marx and Gerhard Maschowsky will share the stories of their experiences in the Holocaust. At this presentation, members of the campus community and the public will have the opportunity to meet the survivors and hear their stories, as well as learn about other survivors’ testimony from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive, which includes the personal stories of more than 50,000 survivors of the Holocaust.

Mrs. Marx was born in Hamm, Germany and survived the Riga Ghetto and Stutthof and Riga-Kaiserwald concentration camps. Mr. Maschowsky was born in Elbing, Germany and survived Mühldorf, Nuendorf, Auschwitz, Auschwitz III-Monowitz, Uberwüstegiersdorf, and Gelsenkirchen concentration camps.

Jackie Gmach will then present a 20-minute video, “Behind the Scenes of the Making of DAVKA”, a traveling exhibit of photographs, videos, and professionally recorded oral histories that illuminate the lives and personal trajectories of San Diegans (and their families) who survived the Holocaust. Mrs Gmach, who recently retired as Program Director and Library Director at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, created the DAVKA exhibit in 2006.

After her talk, the group will walk across the Social Science & Humanities Library lobby to view the DAVKA exhibit, which will is returning to Geisel from May 10-May 24. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 12th, Geisel Library, Seuss Room, 5 – 7 pm

For more information see the flyer or contact Marina Triner (lib-mtriner@ad.ucsd.edu), Program Coordinator, Holocaust Living History Workshop.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive

Davka Exhibit & Hate Free Week

The Social Sciences & Humanities Library & UCSD Judaic Studies Program are hosting the following exhibits and events on tolerance:

Davka Exhibit

Visit the Davka Exhibit in SSHL

DAVKA: The Survival of a People
April 19-28, Social Sciences & Humanities Reference area (in Geisel)

DAVKA, The Survival of a People, is a traveling exhibit of photographs, videos, and professionally recorded oral histories that illuminate the lives and personal trajectories of San Diegans (and their families) who survived the Holocaust. The exhibit is set up as a maze of oral and visual histories, focusing not on retelling the story of the Holocaust, but on what happened to the survivors and their families in the aftermath of the war. The installation evokes universal questions and, at least partially, suggests answers about the human spirit. DAVKA was originally created for the 2006 San Diego Jewish Book Fair, under the auspices of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Campus.

Several survivors who have participated in the UCSD Holocaust Living History Workshop are featured in the exhibit, including Rose Schindler, Gussie Zaks, and Fanny Krasner-Lebovitz.

Inside the Davka Exhibit

Inside the Davka Exhibit

The Holocaust Living History Workshop
Agathe Ehrenfried, April 19th, Great Hall, ERC, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Mrs. Ehrenfried was born in Rákosliget, Hungary and survived Mühldorf, Kraukau-Plaslow, and Ausburg concentration camps and Auschwitz II-Birkenau death camp.    The event will also feature a discussion of the Armenian Genocide by Yeghig Keshishian, Armenian Assembly Western Office Director, and a panel of students from various organizations who will talk about their experiences of stereotyping and racism on our campus.

For more events on campus during Hate Free Week, visit  http://www.ucsd.edu/current-students/_organizations/irp/events/hate-free.html

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