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DR. ROCHELLE G. SAIDEL DISCUSSES FIORELLO'S SISTER

DR. SAIDEL INTERVIEWED FOR FORTHCOMING RAVENSBRÜCK EXHIBIT

WORLD UNION OF JEWISH STUDIES CONFERENCE

CONFERENCES IN OCTOBER 2009

BOOK LAUNCH FOR BRAZILIAN EDITION OF THE JEWISH WOMEN OF RAVENSBRÜCK CONCENTRATION CAMP


January 28, 2009
BOOK LECTURE
Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel discussed Fiorello's Sister: Gemma La Guardia Gluck's Story at Congregation Moreshet Avraham, Jerusalem.


July 6, 2009
DR. SAIDEL INTERVIEWED FOR FORTHCOMING RAVENSBRÜCK EXHIBIT
Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel and Dr. Sonja M. Hedgepeth visited Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück, where Dr. Saidel was interviewed by Dr. Insa Eschebach, director of the memorial. The videotaped interview will be used as part of a new permanent exhibit being created at the memorial.
Interview

 

 

 

 

 


(above from r. to l.) Dr. Insa Eschebach, Director of Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück shown with Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel at the memorial site in July 2009.


August 2 – 6, 2009
PANEL AT WORLD UNION OF JEWISH STUDIES CONFERENCE
Remember the Women Institute organized the first panel ever presented on the subject of sexual abuse of women during the Holocaust for the conference of the World Union of Jewish Studies. The conference took place at The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, from August 2 – 6, 2009. The title of the panel was The Unspoken: Sexual Abuse of Women during the Shoah.
Participants were:
Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, Moderator
Dr. Miriam Sivan, Haifa University, “Backlash and Yehiel Dinur's novel, House of Dolls”
Dr. Yvonne Kozlovsky-Golan, Sapir Academic College, “The Shoah in the Cinema: Sexual Abuse of Women and Girls”
Dr. Sonja M. Hedgepeth, Middle Tennessee State University, “Nava Semel Breaks the Silence”
Panelists

Panelists: (l. to r.) Dr. Sonja M Hedgepeth, Dr. Yvonne Kozlovsky-Golan, Dr. Miriam Sivan, Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel

Session

Israeli artist Rachel Roggel http://www.roggel.com/, standing at left, discusses her art about sexual abuse and the Holocaust, right, with panelists Dr. Sonja M. Hedgepeth, Dr. Miriam Sivan, and Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, seated at table.


Conferences in October 2009

THE HOLOCAUST AND WORLD WAR II – PERSPECTIVES FROM 70 YEARS
Middle Tennessee State University Ninth Holocaust Studies Conference
October 22 -24, 2009
Conference chair Dr. Nancy Rupprecht is a member of the advisory board of Remember the Women Institute. For more information on the conference, please see the conference website, http://www.mtsu.edu/holocaust_studies/conference.shtml

WOMEN AND THE HOLOCAUST - THE FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
CREATIVITY AND ARTS IN THE HOLOCAUST – GENDER PERSPECTIVES
October 26-28/2009
Beit Berl College, Beit Terezin, and Beit Lohamei HaGhettaot, Israel


The Fifth International Conference on Women and the Holocaust will focus on creativity and arts in the Holocaust from gender perspectives. It will deal with a wide range of topics related to creativity and works of art before, during and after the Holocaust.

Purposes of the Conference
* To contribute to comparative, critical and feminist research of the Holocaust.
* To introduce innovative thinking to the study of the Holocaust, from gender point of view in particular.
* To advance public awareness and interest in gendered issues of Holocaust commemoration.
* To contribute to educational efforts relating to commemorating women's narratives in the Holocaust.
* To develop international networks of Holocaust scholars on the topic of gender and the Holocaust
* To encourage academic research and public discourse relating to gendered perspectives in the context of creativity and arts in the Holocaust.

Scholars in academic fields relevant to the conference subject--in history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, education, literature, art, etc.--are presenting papers. People from the fields of literature, cinema and art, whose work is connected to the conference subjects and to survivors, whose testimony casts light from various angles on the subjects to be discussed are also invited. The target audience
is scholars, educators, teachers, social workers, survivors and members of the ongoing generations, students, women's organizations, institutions for commemorating and imparting the legacy of the Holocaust, institutions engaged in protecting the rights of children and adolescents, and the general public.

Dr. Batia Brutin, a member of the advisory board of Remember the Women Institute, is organizing the conference. For more information, write to her at: batyab@netvision.net.il or batiasho@beitberl.ac.il

Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, Dr. Sonja M. Hedgepeth, and other scholars connected with Remember the Women Institute will present papers at the conference.

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BOOK LAUNCH FOR BRAZILIAN EDITION OF THE JEWISH WOMEN OF RAVENSBRÜCK CONCENTRATION CAMP
November 2009
Brazilian EditionThe Portuguese edition of The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp was launched at Livraria Cultura, the finest bookstore in São Paulo, on November 9, 2009. The evening began with a ceremony in commemoration of Kristallnacht, the night in 1938 when a pogrom was carried out in Nazi Germany. 
The event was co-sponsored by Livraria Cultura, Congregação Israelita Paulista and University of São Paulo Press, and took place at Livraria Cultura, Villa-Lobos Shopping Center. The event included a commemoration of Kristallnacht, a presentation by Dr. Saidel, and a book signing.
For more information about the book, see http://www.rememberwomen.org/Projects/current.html#port_ed

 

 

All photographs are courtesy of Cinzia de Araújo, EDUSP

Candle Lighting
Rabbi Michel Schlesinger (right) of Congregacão Israelita Paulista, spoke about Kristallnacht and six candles were lit in memory of the six million victims of the Holocaust. Lighting candles are (left to right) Rabbi Michel Leipziger, Jakob Schmerling, Sister Gisa Fonseca, and Miriam Marcus. Miriam Oelsner, not pictured, also lit a candle.

Miriam Markus
Miriam Markus reads a poem in commemoration of Kristallnacht.

Eva Blay and Rochelle Saidel
Professor Eva Blay (left), a sociologist, leading Brazilian feminist, founder of NEMGE, the Center for the Study of Women and Gender at University of São Paulo, and a member of the Advisory Board of Remember the Women Institute, introduced Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel (right), who spoke about her book (in Portuguese), along with illustrations.

Rochelle Saidel and three Sisters of Zion
Rochelle Saidel signs a book for three members of the Sisters of Zion, (l. to r.) Sister Wanda Brambilla Pereira, Sister Maria Jilvaneide dos Santos, and Sister Gisa Fonseca.

Abrão  Zweiman, Eva Blay with Rochelle Saidel
Rochelle Saidel signs a book for Abrão Zweiman, whose mother was a survivor of Ravensbrück. Professor Eva Blay is at right.

Rochelle Saidel and Miriam Oelsner
Rochelle Saidel signs a book for Miriam Oelsner.

 

Crowd at the book signing
A crowd at the book signing.



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