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What were the challenges Jewish Soviet family units faced both during and immediately after the Holocaust?

International Conference Hosted by Yad Vashem on Jewish Family Life in the German Occupied Soviet Union During the Holocaust

16 November 2017

On Monday 20 November 2017 a unique international conference will be held at Yad Vashem entitled "The Jewish Family in the Soviet Union: Under German Occupation and in the Soviet Rear." The conference, conducted by The Moshe Mirilashvili Center for Research on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem will convene leading scholars from Israel, the US, Germany and Canada for in-depth discussions regarding Jewish households during the Holocaust and the hardships these families faced under German occupation. The conference will be held in English, Hebrew and Russian, with simultaneous translation.

Mirilashvili Center Director Dr. Arkadi Zeltser, and Prof. Dan Michman, Head of the Research Institute and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair for Holocaust Studies, will offer opening remarks.

The international conference will feature world-renowned lecturers, including Prof. Anna Shternshis (The University of Toronto), Prof. Atina Grossmann (The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY) and Prof. Eliyana R. Adler (Pennsylvania State University). A complete program of the conference is available here.

"For the first time, the subject of the Soviet Jewish family during the Holocaust will take center stage," says Dr. Zeltser. "The subject will be discussed in a broad historical context and will touch on questions of survival, relationships within the family, relations with the surrounding environment and the situation of women in the extreme conditions of the Holocaust and war under German rule and at the Soviet interior."

The event is open to the public. For more information, please contact the Yad Vashem Communications Division: media.relations@yadvashem.org.il

About the Moshe Mirilashvili Center:

The Moshe Mirilashvili Center for Research on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union opened at Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research in May 2016. The Center is leading groundbreaking global academic discourse on the Nazi-led persecution and murder of Jews in Soviet territories during WWII. It strengthens ties with relevant researchers and organizations, encourages international scholarly cooperation, and advances pioneering research in all related areas through new research projects, publications, testimonies, workshops, seminars and conferences for senior and young scholars alike.