Friday, March 09, 2007

Family History and the Holocaust: A Day of Learning

NOTE FROM DearMYRTLE: This was just posted on various mailing lists by Joy Rich. All inquiries should be addressed to: dayoflearning@jgsny.org

The Jewish Genealogical Society in New York City will present an all-day seminar, "Family History and the Holocaust: A Day of Learning," on Sunday, April 22nd. Five speakers will cover a wide range of Holocaust-related themes. The speakers are:

** NOLAN ALTMAN, Coordinator of JewishGen's Holocaust Database. Mr. Altman has presented his "How to Document and Research Your Family History" seminar to a university Holocaust history class and numerous adult education classes. He is Technical Coordinator for JewishGen's JOWBR (cemetery burial indexing) project as well as Project Coordinator for the presentation of the English translation of the Deblin Yizkor book in an online format.
Mr. Altman has had articles published in these magazines and journals: "Stammbaum,"
"FEEFHS Journal," "Shemot," "Avotaynu," "Dorot: The Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society," and "The Jewish Magazine."


** ZVI BERNHARDT, Assistant Director of the Hall of Names and Deputy Director of the Reference and Information unit at Yad Vashem. A member of the development team for the user interface for The Central Database of Holocaust Victims' Names, Dr. Bernhardt has been instrumental in the provision of Yad Vashem's interdepartmental and interdisciplinary services to the public. He is also credited with administering the digitization of names of Shoah victims from Yizkor books, resulting in the addition of 250,000 names to the Central Database. As Yad Vashem's liaison to genealogical organizations, Dr. Bernhardt has addressed numerous genealogy workshops and seminars and has worked closely with JewishGen, the 24th IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy in 2004, and groups in Israel, such as the Tapuz Family Roots forum.

** JAN TOMASZ GROSS, Norman B. Tomlinson Professor of War and Society at Princeton University. Dr. Gross was born in Warsaw and is now an American citizen. He has held academic appointments at the University of Haifa, New York University, University of Vienna, University of Paris, and Yale and Harvard universities, among many others. He is the recipient of many honors and awards, including a Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship, a fellowship from IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board), a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, the Distinguished Humanist Award from Ohio State University, and the Order of Merit, Knight's Cross from the Polish Republic in 1996. Dr. Gross was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for non-fiction in 2002 and a National Book Award in 2001 from the National Book Foundation. Among his dozens of publications are his widely discussed book, "Neighbors: Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland," Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2001, and his most recent book, "Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz. An Essay in Historical Interpretation," Random House: New York, 2006.

** PETER LANDÉ, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum volunteer extraordinaire. Mr.
Landé was born in Germany and came to the United States in 1937. He was a State Department Foreign Service Officer from 1956 to 1988. Over the past fifteen years, he has collected and processed numerous lists of Holocaust victims and survivors for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and JewishGen databases. These combined databases now total more than four million names. In 2001, Mr. Landé received the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies' Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on Holocaust records.

** ROBERT MOSES SHAPIRO, Assistant Professor of East European Jewish Studies, Holocaust Studies and Yiddish in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Dr. Shapiro has been a Fellow of the Max Weinreich Center of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and both a Fulbright Fellow and a Yad Ha-Nadiv Fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has edited two volumes: "Holocaust Chronicles:
Individualizing the Holocaust through Diaries and Other Contemporaneous Personal Accounts," Hoboken, NJ: Yeshiva University Press in Association with KTAV, 1999, and "Why Didn't the Press Shout? American and International Journalism during the Holocaust," Hoboken, NJ: Yeshiva University Press in Association with KTAV, 2003. In 2006, Indiana University Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, published Dr. Shapiro's translation from Yiddish, Polish, German, and Hebrew of Isaiah Trunk's classic "Lodz Ghetto: A History." Dr. Shapiro is currently completing the editing of his translation from Polish of the new catalog of the Ringelblum Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto at the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland. Other projects under way include translations of diaries from the Lodz ghetto.

The seminar will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Hebrew Union College, located at 1 West 4th Street at Broadway in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Registration starts at
9:15 a.m. The first lecture starts at 9:45 a.m. Further details about the lecture topics, along with a complete time schedule of the speakers, will be announced on the JGS website at
http://www.jgsny.org/dayoflearning.htm .

The early registration fee is $25 for JGS members registering by March 31st; late registration costs $30. The early registration fee is $35 for non-members registering by March 31st; late registration costs $40. A kosher buffet lunch is included.

The seminar takes the place of JGS's regularly scheduled April meeting. The last two seminar lectures will be open to all JGS members. Payment of a registration fee is not required to attend those two lectures. The fee for non-members for the two lectures is $10.

The seminar flyer and registration form can be printed out from http://www.jgsny.org/Family_History_and_the_Holocaust_Flyer.pdf .

If you have any questions about the seminar, you can e-mail dayoflearning@jgsny.org or call (212) 294-8326.

Joy Rich
Editor, "Dorot: The Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society"
http://www.jgsny.org

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