19th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on “Remembering the Holocaust” To be Held as Virtual Program Open to the Public
Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies will hold its 19th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium from July 18-23, 2021. The 19th Symposium will focus on Children in the Holocaust. Originally scheduled for 2020, but postponed during the first wave of the pandemic, the 2021 symposium will take place online.
Many of the symposium’s participants, audience members, and speakers belong to a high-risk group for COVID-19 and it has always been the Center’s priority to keep everyone safe. The online platforms will allow us to easily connect to teachers, researchers and audiences in the High Country, U.S, Israel, Europe, and elsewhere and also explore relevant Memorials and Centers.
In order to participate in any of the public events, simply register for the ZOOM-based events on the Center’s website at https://holocaust.appstate.edu/teachers/2021-symposium.
Teacher-participants and other audience members will learn and analyze how the Nazi regime sought to indoctrinate Gentile children and turn them into supporters of their regime. They will also examine how persecuted Jewish children tried to cope with persecution and, eventually, outright genocidal onslaughts. The presentations and assigned materials will shed new light on children’s complex challenges and struggles under Nazi rule and occupation, in the ghettos and even camps as well as many’s resilience and despair.
Sunday, July 18
Anti-Judaism and Anti-Semitism: Long Histories, Present Dangers, Rabbi Prof. Michael Berenbaum (American Jewish University)
Monday, July 19
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Children in the Nazi State and Party Organizations, Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice (Senior Historian at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
Tuesday, July 20
8:45 –9:00 am
Children During the Holocaust and Its Aftermath, Dr. Eva Fogelman (Florida)
(A pre-recorded lecture is accessible online before this synchronous discussion. Access via website)
10:00 – 11:30 am
Testimony: Hiding in Nazi-Occupied Poland: Holocaust Child Survivor Prof. Emeritus Shimon Redlich (Israel) interviewed by Prof. Gabriel Finder (University of Virginia—Charlottesville)
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Public Film Screening: Natan Gross’ and Shaul Goskind’s Unzere Kinder (1948) followed by discussion with Prof. Emeritus Shimon Redlich (Israel), who also starred in the film
Wednesday, July 21
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Kindertransporte during the Shoah, Prof. Deborah Dwork (The Graduate Center – CUNY)
Thursday, July 22
9:00 –11:00 am
Testimony: Escaping Nazi-Controlled Europe: A Kindertransport Survivor Speaks: Child Survivor Margot Lobree (North Carolina) in conversation with Prof. Chris Patti (Appalachian State University)
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Testimony: Indonesian Lullaby: Surviving the Shoah in the Netherlands, Holocaust Child Survivor Dr. Alfred Münzer Remembers (Washington, D.C.)
Friday, July 23
10:00 – 11:45 am
Testimony: Surviving the 1994 Rwandan Genocide: Child Survivor Umuhire Ntabana Speaks