2010 Conference

Rising from the Ashes: Jewish Families and Children during and After the War

KEYNOTE: Holocaust Child Survivors Sixty-Five Years After Liberation: From Mourning to Creativity
Sunday, April 11, 2010

Presented by Eva Fogelman, New York City Social Psychologist and author of “Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust”               

Greetings - Prof. Sylvia Barack Fishman, Brandeis University
Introduction - President Jehuda Reinharz, Brandeis University

Renowned psychologist Eva Fogelman questions how child Holocaust survivors have channeled grief, pain, anger and helplessness into life-affirming activities of remembrance, education, tikkun olam, human rights activism, and continuity of Jewish peoplehood. She explores commonalities among these survivors, focusing on the mourning process at the core of the child survivors’ being. Ultimately, she asserts that what underlies the various forms of the final stage of mourning is a search for meaning, leading to creative expression.

Main Conference at Doubletree Hotel Waltham, MA
Monday, April 12th

Panel I:  Jewish Parenthood and Childhood Under Siege, 1933 - 1945
Panel II: "Life Begins Anew": The Complexities of the Situation of Jewish Children and Youth in Europe, 1945- 1950
Panel III: Precious Memories: Sharing and Recollecting Wartime Experiences

FILM SCREENING: “MY 100 CHILDREN” (Meah yeladim sheli)
Tuesday, April 13th

This inspiring documentary is a moving portrayal of Lena Küchlar Silberman, an extraordinary Polish Jewish woman. In 1945/46 , she gathered Jewish child survivors throughout orphanages in Cracow and Zakopane and then smuggled them from Poland to Palestine/Israel. Co-presented by The National Center for Jewish Film as part of Jewishfilm.2010 NCJF's 13th Annual Film Festival.

Beth Cohen, California State University
Debórah Dwork, Clark University
Eva Fogelman, (Psychologist) NYC
Henryk Grynberg, (Writer)
Rita Horvath, Bar-Ilan University
Uta Larkey, Goucher College
Joanna B. Michlic, Brandeis University
Avi Patt, Hartford University
Suzanne Vromen, Bard College
Lenore Weitzman, George Mason University