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5th Annual Summer Workshop for Holocaust Scholars

Theological Contemplations and Debates vis-à-vis the Holocaust in Real Time

Monday, 9 July – Thursday, 12 July 2012

The proceedings will be in English
Lecture Hall (Room 223)
Main Administration and Research Building
Yad Vashem, Mount of Remembrance
Jerusalem, Israel

 With the generous support of the Gutwirth Family Fund

MONDAY, 9 JULY 2012
08:30-09:00  Coffee
09:00-09:15
Opening Address

Dan Michman
Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem; Bar-Ilan University

9:15-11:15
Session 1

Chair: Iael Nidam Orvieto
Editor-in-Chief Yad Vashem Publications; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem   

Suzanne Brown-Fleming
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
“Love Thy Neighbor”: Catholic Responses to the First Anti-Jewish Laws, April 1933?
Discussion

Tommaso Dell’Era
Tuscia University of Viterbo
Vatican Theological and Doctrinal Analysis of Racism and Antisemitism
Discussion

11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-13:30
Session 2             

Chair: Joel Zisenwine
Head of the Deportation Project, the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem

Valeria Galimi
University of Siena
The Philo-Semitic Catholic Thought in France Between the 1930s and the Holocaust
Discussion

Alexandre Guilherme
Liverpool Hope University
Martin Buber and Gandhi – A Polemical Exchange of Letters on the Jewish Problem
Discussion

 

TUESDAY, 10 JULY 2012
09:00-11:00
Session 3

Chair: Ron Margolin
Tel Aviv University

Yehuda Bauer
Academic Advisor to Yad Vashem; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Schneerson, Wasserman, Teichthal
Discussion

Erin Leib Smokler
University of Chicago
Narrative Nuance: The Use of the Aggadah in the Evolving Theology of Esh Kodesh
Discussion

11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-13:15
Session 4

Chair: Sara Pecanac
Yad Vashem Archives

Tomas Radil
Czech Academy of Science
Emergent Theology Among Adolescent Prisoners in Auschwitz-Birkenau
Discussion

Krinka Petrov
Institution of Literature and Arts- Serbia
Between Religion and Secular Ideology:  Jewish Officers from Yugoslavia in German POW Camps
Discussion


WEDNESDAY, 11 JULY 2012

 

09:00-11:00
Session 5             

Chair: Robert Rozett
Director of the Yad Vashem Libraries

Asaf Yedidya
Yad Vashem and Jerusalem College
“Sha’ali Serufa”: Isaac Breuer’s Epitaph on German Jewry from 1942
Discussion

Esther Farbstein and Chaim Shalem
Michlalah College
The Other ‘Resistance’ – Jewish Steadfastness in France During the Holocaust
Discussion

11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:45
Session 6

David Weiss-Halivni
Personal Theological Reflections on the Holocaust
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Bar-Ilan University

12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:15
Session 7

Chair: Yehoyada Amir
Hebrew Union College

Gershon Greenberg
American University
Elisha Rozenfeld’s Shomer Emunim (Ungvar 1941)
Discussion

Isaac Hershkowitz
Bar-Ilan University
Ararita: A Kabbalistic Godly Appellation in the Midst of the Holocaust (A Study in the Writings of R. Yitzchak Messer During the Holocaust)
Discussion

 

THURSDAY, 12 JULY 2012

09:00-11:00
Session 8 

Chair: Nikos Tzafleris
Research Fellow, Yad Vashem

Graciela Ben Dror
Moreshet - Journal for the Study of Holocaust and Antisemitism
From Theology to Antisemitism:  Theological Texts and Debates About Jews During the Holocaust in Spain and Latin America
Discussion

Jovan Ćulibrk
Serbian Orthodox Church,
A View of Theologians of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the suffering of Jews During the War
Discussion

11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-13:15
Session 9

Chair: Aviad Kleinberg
Tel Aviv University

Alberto Melloni
University of Modena-Reggio; University of Bologna
Angelo G. Roncalli: Ynusual Rreflections of a Vatican Diplomat During the Shoah
Discussion

Ion Popa
University of Manchester
Some Documents of the Romanian Orthodox Church Regarding the Holocaust and the Jewish Community (1945-1972)
Discussion

13:15-13:45
Conclusion

Dina Porat
Chief Historian of Yad Vashem, Jerusalem; Tel Aviv University