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A Single Photograph Reveals a Crime of the Holocaust

On October 6 at 7 P.M., E.T., in conversation with Ramapo College librarian Christina Connor and Gross Center Director Michael A. Riff, Dr. Wendy Lower will share the gripping story of the photograph she discovered at the U.S. Holocaust Museum taken at the moment of the horrific murder of Jewish woman by a Ukrainian collaborator during the Holocaust. The image is at the center of Dr. Lower’s most recent book, The Ravine: A Family, A Photograph, A Holocaust Massacre Revealed, published in February 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  In addition to Ramapo College’s Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the event’s co sponsors are the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center of Queensborough Community College/CUNY, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Florida-based Gross Family Center for the Study of Antisemitism and the Holocaust.

Dr. Wendy Lower

The Ravine: A Family, A Photograph, A Holocaust Massacre Revealed

Ramapo

Recording of Conversation about the Artists Charlotte Salomon and Rahel Szalit (April 20, 2021)

(Co-sponsored with the Leo Baeck Institute, New York and in conjunction with the Carnegie Hall Festival, Voices of Hope)

The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Leo Baeck Institute, New York presented a conversation via Zoom between Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds, UK) and Kerry Wallach (Gettysburg College, PA) about the work and life of the German Jewish artist, Charlotte Salomon and East European-born Jewish artist and illustrator Rahel Szalit-Marcus. The program was chosen to be part of the 2021 Carnegie Hall Festival, Voices of Hope, on the resilience of artists and the life-affirming power of music and the arts during times of oppression and tyranny and was attended by an audience of more than 180 participants from all over the U.S. and overseas. Gross Center Director Michael A. Riff acted as moderator.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=210743937132464&ref=search

Griselda Pollock

Griselda_Pollock

Kerry Wallach

Kerry Wallach

Jerry Zaks

Jerry Zaks

On March 31 in a presentation, “Bearing Witness for My Family: Surviving the Holocaust,” at a Holocaust Remembrance Day (YouHaShoah) Zoom program, organized by the Gross Center in association with the River Edge Cultural Center and the Friends of the River Edge Library, Jerry Zaks showed how anyone could join his effort to keep the memory of the Shoah alive by researching the history of their parents, or other family members, in the Holocaust and preparing a presentation on that experience that could be delivered in schools and in front of community groups.

https://www.facebook.com/julia.u.lee/videos/10165319043275597

 

Ramapo

Forget Russia

Dr. Lisa Williams, Ph.D., Professor of Literature at Ramapo College, discussed her recently published book, Forget Russia (Tailwinds Press, 2020) with Dr. Santamaría Laorden, Associate Professor of Spanish at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The program will be delivered virtually via Zoom on Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m. and presented under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Forget Russia is a strong, stirring tale about Anna, a college student who during a semester in Moscow discovers details about her family that will change her life. She knows that her grandparents, who met and married in America, willingly returned to Russia in 1931 with their little girls—Anna’s mother and her younger sister—then fled back to the United States.  The book’s narration alternates among time periods revealing painful memories of the past and experiences of the present that shape the future. Williams is an experienced writer who uses her craft to mold a passionate story that has much to tell about being part of a family with a rich and complicated history as well as coming of age in contemporary Russia and America.

Lisa WilliamsLisa Williams
Professor of Literature

Year Joined RCNJ: 1996
Phone: (201) 684-7278
Email: liwillia@ramapo.edu
Office: B-139
Office Hours: MR 9:45-11:15 am, 5:50-6:05 pm; Also By Appt.
Department Website

Natalia Santamaria-LaordenNatalia Santamaria-Laorden
Associate Professor of Spanish

Year Joined RCNJ: 2007
Phone: (201) 684-7426
Email: nsantama@ramapo.edu
Office: A-212
Office Hours: MR 1:30-3:00 pm

Ramapo

The Dramatic Story of a Jewish Lawyer Who Resisted the Nazi Regime

Legal SabotageOn Thursday, March 4, Dr. Douglas Morris, Esq., Ph.D., a legal historian and a criminal defense attorney for indigent clients in New York City., discussed his recently published book, Legal Sabotage: Ernst Fraenkel in Hitler’s Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2020) with Dr. Mia Serban, Associate Professor of Law & Society at Ramapo College. Attorney and legal theorist Ernst Fraenkel was one of twentieth-century Germany’s great intellectuals who worked within Nazi Germany actively resisting the regime, both publicly and secretly. Pursuing a dual track, he represented political defendants in court, while engaging in dangerous resistance work underground.

Ramapo

Nazi War Criminals: Their Crimes and Fates

On Thursday, February 18 , Dr. Daniel Lee, author of The SS Officer’s Armchair: Uncovering the Hidden Life of a Nazi (Hachette, 2020) and Senior Lecturer in Queen Mary University London’s School of History and, and Philippe Sands, Q.C., author of The Ratline: The Exalted Life and Mysterious Death of a Nazi Fugitive (Knopf, 2021) and renowned International Human Rights attorney and Professor of Laws and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London, discussed “Nazi War Criminals: Their Crimes and Fates.”

Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands

Dr. Daniel Lee

Dr. Daniel Lee

 

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A Sephardic Journey: The Jews of Salonica from the Ottoman Empire to the Holocaust

Jews of Salonika 1917On Thursday, February 11, UCLA History professor Sarah A. Stein, author of Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019) and physician Dr. Joe Halio, who as President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture was responsible for the recent re-publication of Dr. Albert Menache’s Birkenau (Auschwitz II), Memoirs of an Eyewitness: How 72,000 Jews Perished, discussed  “A Sephardic Journey: The Jews of Salonica from the Ottoman Empire to the Holocaust.” The Ottoman port of Salonica, which became part of Greece in 1913 and is known as Thessaloniki today, was home to a large, diverse and influential community of mostly Sephardic Jews, whose ancestors found refuge there following the Spanish Inquisition.

Ramapo

Recovering the Past: Researching the Fate of One’s Family in the Shoah

Mr. Zaks will conduct a presentation on researching the history of one’s family in the Holocaust titled, “Recovering the Past: Researching the Fate of One’s Family in the Shoah.” He will also discuss his endeavor with Gross Center Director, Dr. Michael A. Riff. The program will be delivered virtually.

After retiring from a successful career in the technology sector, Zaks began a quest to research and document the history of his parents’ experiences before and during the Holocaust. He will show how anyone can join his effort to keep the memory of the Shoah alive.

He will relate how he used excerpts of his parents’ testimonies and Nazi documentation to tell the story of their lives before WWII, how they survived multiple concentration camps and death marches, and how they eventually rebuilt their lives in America.

Ramapo

The German Churches in the Nazi Era and the Legacies of Antisemitism

On Friday, November 6th, Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand, Acting Director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust in the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, in conversation with Gross Center Director Michael A. Riff, explored the religious landscape in Germany and how the Christian churches responded to the rise of Nazism. She contextualized Nazi antisemitism within the long history of Christian anti-Judaism in European society.

Ramapo

Hitler’s First Hundred Days

Professor Peter Fritzsche of the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, discussed his recent book, Hitler’s First Hundred Days. When Germans Embraced the Third Reich (Basic Books), with Ramapo professor Sam Mustafa, Ph.D., who teaches German History and is the author of several books in the field. Fritzsche’s probing account reveals how, in the spring of 1933, Germany went from being a deeply divided republic to a one-party dictatorship.

Ramapo

British Fascist Women, the Anti-War Campaign and Antisemitism

On October 23, Julie Gottlieb, Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield (UK), with Gross Center Director Dr. Michael A. Riff, discussed the outsize role women played in Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists of the 1930s. Dr. Riff’s role was supposed to have been filled by Ellen Ross, Ph. D., Professor Emerita of History and Women’s Studies at Ramapo College, but technical difficulties prevented that from occurring. However, her questions formed the basis of the discussion led by Dr. Riff.

Ramapo

The German Churches in the Nazi Era and the Legacies of Antisemitism

On Friday, November 6th, Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand, Acting Director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust in the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, in conversation with Gross Center Director Michael A. Riff, explored the religious landscape in Germany and how the Christian churches responded to the rise of Nazism. She contextualized Nazi antisemitism within the long history of Christian anti-Judaism in European society.

Ramapo

Teheran Children, Mikhal Dekel’s Talk, April 2, 2020

Mikhal Dekel
Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey (New York: W.W. Norton, 2019)
https://wwnorton.com/books/9781324001034
https://www.amazon.com/Tehran-Children-Holocaust-Refugee-Odyssey/dp/1324001038

Ramapo

Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets

Elissa Bemporad
Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019)
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/legacy-of-blood-9780190466459?prevNumResPerPage=20&prevSortField=1&start=120&lang=en&cc=us
https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Blood-Pogroms-Ritual-Soviets/dp/0190466456/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Bemporad&qid=1588952323&s=books&sr=1-1

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