The International School for Holocaust Studies
Lodz: A Topography of Life and Death in the Ghetto 70 Years After Its Liquidation
Shalom and welcome to the 32nd issue of Teaching the Legacy.
This year marks 70 years since the liquidation of the Lodz ghetto. As such, we have dedicated this newsletter to life and death in that ghetto, 70 years after its liquidation. The Lodz ghetto was unique because it was one of the first ghettos to be established and it was created to be temporary, yet it existed longer than any other ghetto in Europe. It was the very last ghetto to be liquidated, in the summer of 1944. At that point, the Soviet Army had already liberated much of Poland. The ghetto was still supplying much-needed manpower for the German armaments and other industries. And yet, against all logic, the Nazis' antisemitic ideology trumped practicality, and the Germans wiped out a working ghetto that they had left alone and undisturbed for more than one and one-half years.
Article – “The Lodz Ghetto – Historical Background”
The Lodz Ghetto – An Interview with Dr. Michal Unger
Article – "The Legend of the Lodz Ghetto Children"
In this section, we feature some Holocaust-related literature that may be of interest to educators and the general public. A review of Nazi Germany: 1933-45, by Christopher Culpin and Steve Mastin
A review of With a Yellow Star and a Red Cross – A Doctor in the Lodz Ghetto, by Arnold Mostowicz
View Yad Vashem’s newest publications.
What’s New at the International School for Holocaust Studies
- European Department:
The network of European graduates committed to promoting Holocaust education continues to expand. The Department is designing special follow-up professional development programming for our seminar graduates across Europe. Yad Vashem staff often organizes seminars at Holocaust-related authentic memorial sites, providing study tours as well as presenting new educational resources. Here you can find more information about the initiatives of Yad Vashem seminar graduates
and here you can find updates about upcoming programs.
For more information about the European Department, see here.
- International Seminars for Educators in the Jewish World Department:
The end of 2014 is a time of many accomplishments for both the French Desk and the Informal Education Desk of the World Jewry Division. These activities included: seminars, follow-ups with alumni, tightening cooperation with our partners and publishing new specially-adapted educational material.
For more information about upcoming seminars, you can visit the Jewish World Department website.
- International Seminars in the English Department
For more information about upcoming seminars, you can visit the English Department website.
Article – “'Full Of Hope And Despair, Full Of Stoical Resignation And, At The Same Time, Full Of Trusting Expectation': The Final Days of the Lodz Ghetto”
Article – "'I wanted to leave a historical record of our martyrdom' – The Jewish Photographer Henryk Ross"
Article – “Coping With Reality: Two Teenage Poets in the Lodz Ghetto”
What’s New at Yad Vashem
Ceremony Posthumously Honoring Righteous Among the Nations from France
- "I owe my presence here today to their decision to welcome me, which they considered totally natural."
Holocaust survivor Henri Dzik
On Thursday, October 30, 2014, a ceremony posthumously honoring Antoine Sala and his daughters Henrietta, Louise and Marie-Paule, along with her husband Giovanni Angeli, from France, as Righteous Among the Nations was held at Yad Vashem. The medal and certificate of honor were presented to Veronique Dorothy, granddaughter of Righteous Among the Nations Marie-Paule and Giovanni Angeli. She came especially to Israel to attend the ceremony and accept the medal and certificate on her family's behalf.
Mashiv Haruach. From Safed to Jerusalem - A Concert of Jewish Soul Music
- On 31 August 2014, a concert of Jewish soul music was held at Yad Vashem's Valley of the Communities. "Mashiv Haruach" From Safed to Jerusalem - A Concert of Jewish Soul Music - was held in the presence of hundreds of Holocaust survivors, next generations and friends of Yad Vashem from Israel and abroad. The towering walls of the Valley, etched with the names of Jewish communities destroyed during the Holocaust, made a perfect and imposing setting - the music soaring out across the Jerusalem hills. The music was a living memorial to the Jewish world destroyed during the Shoah, and the celebration of Jewish life that continues.
- The medal and certificate of honor were presented to Holocaust survivor Peter Nürnberger, who is also the Righteous’ adopted son, and who came from Slovakia especially for the event. The event took place in the presence of the Ambassador of Slovakia, and a representative of the German Embassy, and family and friends of the family including members of Peter Nürnberger’s biological family and of his adoptive mother Paula née Grossberg’s family. Members of the Weiss family, descendants of Holocaust survivor Shmuel Weiss, who was also rescued by Johann Karl Nürnberger, were also present at the event.
The 9th International Conference on Holocaust Education – Through Our Own Lens: Reflecting on the Holocaust from Generation to Generation
- The International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem presented the 9th International Conference on Holocaust Education. This conference took place July 7-10, 2014 at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The conference brought together Holocaust survivors, scholars, educators and artists from four generations. Over 400 participants from 50 different countries engaged in an educational, intergenerational and multicultural dialogue on how we will preserve the legacy and grapple with the challenges of Holocaust education in the years to come.
Editorial Board: Shulamit Imber, Eyal Kaminka, Dana Porath, Naama Shik
Editors: Sheryl Ochayon, Franziska Reiniger
Writing Staff: Kathryn Berman, Jackie Metzger, Sheryl Ochayon, Franziska Reiniger, Richelle Budd Caplan
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