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The Holocaust of the Polish Jews – political history, contested memory | Conference

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Touro College Berlin




Holocaust studies Memory studies


The international conference presents new research on the fate of Polish Jews in the Holocaust. The first panel is devoted to Jewish reactions in the face of extermination, the second to Polish behavior. A concluding panel discussion will cast an international perspective on the current historical narratives on World War II and the Holocaust in Poland.

9:15: Welcome Address for the Berlin Campus by Rector Sara Nachama

9:25: Welcome note and biographical intro of President Kadish: Prof. Simcha Fishbane, PhD.

9:30 – 10:00: Introduction: President Alan Kadish, MDThe Holocaust: A Jewish perspective

10:00 – 12:00: Panel I: Jewish Reactions in the Face of the Holocaust

1.       Dr. Adam Sitarek, U Lodz: The Litzmannstadt Getto administration

2.       Dr. Michał Trębacz, U Lodz & POLIN Museum Warsaw, Shmuel Zygielbojm and the Polish government in exile. A history of disappointment

3.       Ayelet Eva Herbst M.A., U München, The Flight of Polish Jews to Eastern Ukraine

Chair: Prof. Dr. Peter Klein, Touro University Berlin

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch Break

13:00 – 15:00: Panel II: Polish Reactions in the Face of the Holocaust

1.       Dr. Joanna Ostrowska, Krakow: The Queer Support in the Face of the Holocaust. Chmielewski’s Circle of Friends in Warsaw

2.       Prof. Dr. Joanna Beata Michlic, UC London: Rescue acts and rescue dynamics through the lenses of older Jewish child survivors from Poland: the first accounts 1945 - 1949

3.       Dr. Zofia Wóycicka, German Historical Institute Warsaw, Righteous’ museums in Europa

4.       Prof. Dr. Israel Singer, Vice-President of Touro University New York: After Survival. Denied compensation of Polish Holocaust Victims

Chair: Prof. Simcha Fishbane, PhD, Touro University New York

15:00 – 15:30: Coffee and Tea Break

15:30 – 17:30: Roundtable: Contemporary narratives in Poland

1.       Prof. Dr. Paweł Machcewicz, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw

2.       Dr. Laurence Weinbaum, The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

3.       Dr. Florian Peters, U Jena

Chair: Prof. Dr. Stephan Lehnstaedt, Touro Berlin

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