Events

MAY 12, 2021 / 12 P.M.- 1:10 P.M. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)

“BESIEGED VOICES FROM UKRAINE”

Russia’s attack on Ukraine has caused the death and injury of thousands, the forced flight of millions, and the physical destruction of cities and towns. Please join historian Yuri Radchenko, poet Ostap Slyvynsky, and photojournalist Anton Skyba, who will address the complexities of lives disrupted and the experience of unfolding war from the perspectives of their three professions. Yuri Radchenko is the co-founder of the Center for Interethnic Relations Research in Eastern Europe in Kharkiv. Ostap Slyvynsky has published several collections of poetry and is the recipient of prestigious Ukrainian and international literary awards. Anton Skyba has been covering the occupation of his native Donetsk and Russia’s war against Ukraine since 2014; he himself was captured, tortured, and released in July of that year.  Co-Chairs: Natalya Lazar and Elissa Bemporad.

This event is hosted in association with:

The Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Center—CUNY

The School of General Studies and Graduate Education and the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Stockton University 

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, USHMM

PANELISTS:

Yuliya Abibok, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv

Ihor Dvorkin, National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute”

Artem Kharchenko, National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute”

Anatoly Podolsky, Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, Kyiv 

CO-CHAIRS:

Natalya Lazar, Initiative on Ukrainian-Jewish Shared History and the Holocaust in Ukraine, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 

Elissa Bemporad, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY


APRIL 28, 2021 / 12 P.M.- 1:15 P.M. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)

FLEEING A HOME, SEEKING A HOME: JEWISH REFUGEES IN MODERN TIMES”

This panel grapples with refugee Jews displaced by war in three different geopolitical contexts: Ukraine, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Profs Jeff Veidlinger, Eliyana Adler, and Shay Hazkani recapture lost voices of displacement and rethink the meaning of “refugee” as they explore the experiences of Ukrainian Jews who left their homes in the wake of anti-Jewish violence unleashed during the Russian Civil War; Polish Jews who, in  the midst of the Holocaust, fled the Germans and were deported by the Soviets to Central Asia; and of Moroccan Jews, who immigrated to Israel shortly after the establishment of the Jewish state. Chair: Prof. Elissa Bemporad.

This event is hosted in association with The Holocaust and The United Nations Outreach Programme, Outreach Division, Department of Global Communications, United Nations.

ELIYANA ADLER


Associate Professor, History and Jewish Studies, Pennsylvania State University


Panelist



SHAY HAZKANI


Panelist


Assistant Professor, History and Jewish Studies, University of Maryland, College Park



JEFF VEIDLINGER


Panelist


Jospeh Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan



Elissa Bemporad


Chair


Professor of History; Jerry and William Ungar Professor in Eastern European Jewish History and Holocaust, Queens College; Graduate Center- CUNY



PANELISTS:

Yuliya Abibok, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv

Ihor Dvorkin, National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute”

Artem Kharchenko, National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute”

Anatoly Podolsky, Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, Kyiv 

CHAIR:

Natalya Lazar, Initiative on Ukrainian-Jewish Shared History and the Holocaust in Ukraine, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 

CO-CHAIR:
Elissa Bemporad, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY



MARCH 23, 2021 / 7 P.M.- 8:15 P.M. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT: FINDING A HOME IN ROCHESTER, NY


PANELISTS:

MIR ENAYATULLAH MOSWAI

OBAIDA OMAR

DAVID SILVER

ELLEN SMITH

NABILA QADIRI

CHAIR

DEBÓRAH DWORK


FEBRUARY 17, 2021 / 12 P.M.- 1:00 P.M. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)


WHERE DO I BELONG? HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS RETURN TO VIENNA

ELIZABETH ANTHONY, PH.D.


Director, Visiting Scholar Programs, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC.


Author


The Compromise of Return: Viennese Jews After the Holocaust


ALBERT LICHTBLAU


(Formerly) Chair of the Center for Jewish Cultural History, and of the History Department at the University of Salzburg


Interviewer


Inter alia: Die Wahrheit der Erinnerung, with Eleanor Lappin



SPRING 2022 VIRTUAL SERIES: REFUGEES & DISPLACED PERSONS

Our Spring Term virtual programs interrogate the meaning of “home” for survivors of genocide and forcibly displaced persons. Why did Holocaust survivors return home to Vienna? How do Afghan refugees create a home in Rochester, NY? And what of people who are forced to flee and find a temporary home where they land?

PLEASE SAVE THESE DATES AND JOIN US:

17 February 2022               12:00-1:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

“Where Do I Belong? Holocaust Survivors Return to Vienna”*

23 March 2022                     7:00-8:15 PM (Daylight Saving Time, East Coast)

“Refugee Resettlement: Finding a Home in Rochester, NY”

28 April 2022                       12:00-1:15 PM (Daylight Saving Time, East Coast)

“Fleeing a Home, Seeking a Home: Jewish Refugees in Modern Times”*


The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, The Graduate Center—City University of New York

Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University

*In association with The Holocaust and The United Nations Outreach Programme, Outreach Division, Department of Global Communications, United Nations

17 February 2022               12:00-1:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)“Where Do I Belong? Holocaust Survivors Return to Vienna”*

Register: https://gc-cuny.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S_Vi7qBDQ_6ssQIacXxBWg

23 March 2022                    7:00-8:15 PM (Daylight Saving Time, East Coast)

“Refugee Resettlement: Finding a Home in Rochester, NY”

Register: https://gc-cuny.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_92hIcYSWTBy1XefW5qoyzQ

28 April 2022                       12:00-1:15 PM (Daylight Saving Time, East Coast)

“Fleeing a Home, Seeking a Home: Jewish Refugees in Modern Times”*

https://gc-cuny.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x68dd0OMSCCmf3U2S6Yt4Q


NOVEMBER 18, 2021 / 12 P.M.- 1:15 P.M. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)

MIGRANTS, REFUGEES, & CAGES: UNDERSTANDING THE AMERICAN DETENTION REGIME


DAVID HERNANDEZ


Associate Professor, Department of Latina/o Studies, Mount Holyoke College


Panelist


“Whiplashed: Refugees, Detention, and the ‘Trump Era.'” 


MARLENE RAMOS


Doctoral Candidate, Department of Geography, CUNY


Panelist


“The Making Immigration Imprisonment in New Jersey County Jails and Lessons for the Fight Against Detention”


MARION KAPLAN


Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History, NYU 


Chair



OCTOBER 27, 2021 / 12 P.M.- 1:15 P.M. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)

THE NEGEV BEDOUIN: EMPTIED LANDS AND DISPLACED PEOPLE

THABET ABU BAS


Co-Executive Director, The Abraham Initiatives; Lecturer at Ben-Gurion University 


Panelist



NETTA AMIR-SHIFF


Doctoral candidate, Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University 


Panelist


MORAD ELSANA


Research Scholar and Lecturer, Department of Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies, American University


Panelist


Indigenous Land Rights in Israel: A Comparative Study of the Bedouin


YEELA RAANAN


Department of Public Administration, Sapir Academic College, 

Public Relations Officer, Regional Council for the Unrecognized Bedouin Villages in the Negev, Israel. 


Panelist




ELI KARETNY


Deputy Director, Ralph Bunche Institute. 
 


Panel Chair & Moderator


SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 / 12 P.M.- 1:15 P.M. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)

DISPOSSESSING NATIVE AMERICA: INDIGENEITY, LAND, AND RECLAMATION”


MARGARET D. JACOBS

Charles Mach Professor of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Director, Center for Great Plains Studies


Panelist


After 100 Winters: In Search of Reconciliation on America’s Stolen Lands


CLAUDIO SAUNT


Russell Professor of American History, University of Georgia


Panelist


Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory, Bancroft Prize and Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, finalist National Book Award



JUSTIN DE LEON


Visiting Assistant Professor of Critical Theory and Social Justice, Occidental College


Panelist


Resurgent Visual Sovereignty (forthcoming)



MIKAL BROTNOV ECKSTROM


Research Assistant Professor, Center for Great Plains Studies, UNL


Panel Chair and Moderator


Why You Can’t Teach U.S. History Without American Indians



APRIL 22, 2021 / 12 P.M.- 1:15 P.M. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)

“In Honor of Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski: New Scholarship on the History and Memory of the Holocaust in Poland”


JOANNA SLIWA, Ph.D.


Historian, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany


Program Chair and Moderator


Jewish Childhood in Kraków: A Microhistory of the Holocaust, awarded the 2020 Fraenkel Prize


MIRANDA BRETHOUR


Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, The Graduate Center-CUNY


Panelist


“Life and Death in the Shadow of Sobibór: Economic Dimensions of Jewish-Gentile Relations in the Town of Włodawa, 1939-1944”



This paper traces the lines of communication between the Sobibór extermination camp and the Eastern Polish town of Włodawa to explore how knowledge of the mechanisms of extermination shaped Jewish-Gentile interactions during the Holocaust. Drawing on court documents and postwar testimonies, the paper illuminates how widespread local awareness of the murder of Jews at Sobibór drove the plunder and take-over of ‘post-Jewish’ goods and property in and around the town.


ALICJA PODBIELSKA


Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, Clark University


Panelist


“The Righteous or Szmalcowniks?! Narrative of Rescue v. Holocaust Scholarship”


How is the commemoration of assistance to Jews used to distort history and suppress research on the Holocaust in Poland? 


JONATHAN ZISOOK


Doctoral Candidate, PhD Program in Sociology, The Graduate Center-CUNY


Panelist


“‘Polityka Historyczna’ and the Instrumentalization of the Holocaust in Contemporary Poland”


This paper will explore the diverse political strategies employed by the Polish government to distort and instrumentalize the Holocaust as a constitutive feature of its “policy on history” (polityka historyczna). 


With comments from Profs. Engelking and Grabowski to follow.

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