In The News

"Holocaust a long-lasting trauma for young survivors"
The Metrowest Daily News
May 2, 2011

By Kendall Hatch

"Hadassah event sheds light on experiences of children in the Holocaust"
The Hoot
April 16, 2010

By Jon Ostrowsky

Past Events

The Stigmatization of Dedicated Polish Women Rescuers During the Second World War and its Aftermath: History and Memory

January 30, 2013

This event took place at the University of Cambridge's Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) University of in the United Kingdom. It was part of the East European Memory Group Series.


Conference 'War Children'

War Children in the Post-war: A West-East perspective on child policies, child experiences and war childhood remembrance cultures in Europe since 1945

December 13-15, 2012

Polish Academy of Sciences
Boerhaavegasse 25, 1030 Vienna

Joanna Michlic, Director of HBI's Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust, gave one of the keynote lectures titled “What Does A Child Remember? The Recollections of the War and the Early Post-War Period Amongst Child Survivors From Poland.” 

Visit the conference website for the detailed schedule and promotional poster.


Stories of Rescue in the Letters of Jewish Survivors about Polish Rescuers

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 
The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide
29 Russell Square, London

Joanna Michlic, Director of HBI's Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust, discussed early post-war memories of Jewish survivors and their rescuers, concerning wartime rescue in Warsaw and Warsaw province, and the relationships between rescuers and their Jewish charges in the immediate post-war period.


Post-Holocaust Antisemitism and the Psychiatry of Trauma

October 24, 2012 
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Renowned historian, Dagmar Herzog, discussed arguments given by post-war West German psychiatrists to deny reparations to the traumatized survivors of Nazi persecution. She examined the stages of thinking among those American psychiatrists in the United States who sought to legitimate the psychological suffering of Holocaust survivors. Herzog argued that these conflicts between psychiatrists in West Germany and the U.S. over reparations led to the development of the term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dagmar Herzog is Distinguished Professor of History and the Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her specialities include Jewish-Christian relations, sexuality, gender, trauma and the Holocaust. Her most recent book is "Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century History" (Cambridge University Press 2011).

JewishFilm.2012 screening: Joanna

April 5, 2011
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

HBI's Project on Families, Children and the Holocaust co-sponsored the film, which takes place in German-occupied Krakow and tells the story of Joanna (Urszula Grabowska), a young Polish woman whose husband is presumed dead at the front, makes a life changing, split second decision after stumbling upon an 8-year-old Jewish girl hiding in a church. Joanna harbors the girl in her apartment, but pressures mount and Joanna is faced with tough decisions when neighbors and family become suspicious and it is unclear who can be trusted.

"Joanna" is the winner of top awards at the Moscow International Film Festival and Polish Film Awards.

Download/read the transcript of the dialogue (pdf)


Architecture, Life, and Death: A Conversation with Daniel Libeskind

April 5, 2011
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Librarya
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

HBI's Project on Families, Children and the Holocaust planned an evening of discussion with world renowned architect, Daniel Libeskind. Due to illness, Daniel could not attend, however his wife Nina Libeskind spoken in his honor. Nina Libeskind explained how Daniel's early life experiences have influenced his commitments, vision and work (Daniel is a second generation Holocaust survivor). With over 40 projects worldwide, Daniel Libeskind has designed such acclaimed enterprises as the Jewish Museum Berlin and the master plan for the World Trade Center in New York. About the design of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, 12 years in the making, Libeskind says: “This was a building that, using the language of architecture, could take us all, Jews and non-Jews alike, to the crossroads of history, and show us that when the Jews were exiled from Berlin, at that moment, Berlin was exiled from its past, its present, and –until this tragic relationship is resolved – its future.” A reading from his memoir, "Breaking Ground," followed. Shulamit Reinharz then led a conversation focusing on Libeskind’s life and architectural projects that commemorate the Holocaust. This program was co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects, Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University and the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University.


Film Screening at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Holocaust

May 12, 2010

Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Holocaust
36 Battery Place
New York, N.Y.

Joanna Michlic commentated on the film "Birthplace."


International Conference: Warsaw—the History of a Jewish Metropolis

June 24, 2010

Institute of Jewish Studies
University College London

Joanna Beata Michlic presented a lecture at the International Conference: Warsaw—the History of a Jewish Metropolis,  entitled "Telling Polish-Jewish Relations 1945-1948: Perceptions and Self-perceptions of Polish Christian Rescuers and Rescued Jews."


"The Plight of Jewish Children in post-1945 Europe" Seminar for Educators and Teachers

April 25, 2010

This event took place at New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Holocaust, in the Educational Department. 


"Rebuilding Shattered Lives: Some Vignettes of Jewish Children's Lives in Early Postwar Poland" Lecture

April 20, 2010

This event took place at West Chester University in West Chester, PA.


Childhood During the Holocaust and After: Germany, Palestine, Poland 

January 5, 2010

Joanna Michlic spoke at the international conference, Childhood During the Holocaust and After: Germany, Palestine, Poland, which was held at the University of Haifa in Israel. For more information, download Childhood During the Holocaust and After: Germany, Palestine, Poland (PDF).