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Annual Pfeffer Family Forum

"Women Hold Up Half the Sky" exhibition program
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
Skokie, IL
November 2, 2016

 Pfeffer Family Forum

Double Jeopardy: Women and the Holocaust: During the Holocaust women faced a unique set of challenges as women, but for decades the gendered aspect of their experiences was ignored. Beginning in the 1990s, some feminist Holocaust scholars began to reclaim the lost voices of the female victims, restore and analyze the personal accounts and specific suffering of women survivors, and integrate women’s experiences into Holocaust history. This scholarship, which has expanded in the 21st century, sheds light on the life-and-death dilemmas faced by women during the Holocaust, painting a vivid portrait of their struggles to survive, their vulnerability, their sexual humiliation, their hopes and fears, their friendships, and their resilience in the aftermath.

Join author and acclaimed Holocaust scholar Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel – Founder and Executive Director, Remember the Women Institute – as she shares both the women’s personal stories and her own reflections, gleaned from her landmark research and projects that give Jewish women their place in Holocaust history. Dr. Saidel is the author or editor of six Holocaust-related books and curator of several museum exhibitions. Her work on sexual violence during the Holocaust has been featured on CNN and many other media internationally. She was recently named one of "21 Leaders for the 21st Century" by Women's eNews for her commitment to improving the lives of women and girls worldwide.

Community Partner: North Shore Hadassah, Women’s Center, Northwestern University; Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

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