Danielle Bailly will discuss her book: "The Hidden Children of France, 1940-1945: Stories of Survival." The history of France's "hidden children" and of the French citizens who saved six out of seven Jewish children and three-fourths of the Jewish adult population from deportation during the Nazi occupation is little known to American readers. In The Hidden Children of France, 1940-1945, Danielle Bailly (a hidden child herself whose family travelled all over rural France before sending her to live with strangers who could protect her) reveals the stories behind the statistics of those who were saved by the extraordinary acts of ordinary people. Eighteen former "hidden children" describe their lives before, during, and after the war, recounting their incredible journeys and expressing their deepest gratitude to those who put themselves at risk to save others. This event is co-sponsored by Duke Center for Jewish, Studies, the Holocaust Speakers Bureau, The Coalition for Preserving Memory, Jewish Life, Duke Germanic Languages and Literature and the Department of French-Romance Studies. Catered reception to follow.
Please contact Sharon Halperin with questions or to RSVP.
Jeffery Shandler of Rutgers University will explore the USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive, the largest collection of videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors–including hundreds of interviews conducted partly or entirely in Yiddish–in the world. In dozens of these, survivors sing a song or recite a poem in the language, in the course of recounting their life histories. These recitals of poetry and song reveal survivors' commitment to demonstrating the creative power of Yiddish in the midst of recalling widespread destruction.
It is commonplace to hear about incidents of hate on our college campuses in North Carolina and throughout the United States. From targeted attacks to anti-Semitic graffiti, from speakers with hateful platforms to anti-Israel resolutions, Jewish students today face challenges in the shifting campus climate. Come hear how Ari Gauss and Rebecca Simons, two highly accomplished professionals, are working with students and administrators at UNC and Duke to foster a campus environment that promotes engagement, education and pluralism. Drawing on their years of experience as leaders in their fields, they will discuss the challenges that Jewish students face today and ways in which the greater Jewish community can help combat hate on campus..
Executive Director, North Carolina Hillel
Director, Jewish Life, Duke University
This program is open to the public but reservations are appreciated. To RSVP please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-237-1504 by January 9th.
The Annual Commemorations will feature:
The event is open to all and free of charge. Ample parking is available. See the NC Council on the Holocaust's website for details.
Hosted by the UNC Department of Music and co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, this feature-length documentary film highlights the most dramatic example of intellectual and artistic courage in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) Concentration Camp during World War II: the remarkable story of Rafael Schächter, a brilliant, young Czech conductor who was arrested and sent to Terezín in 1941.
A Holocaust Remembrance Day event: Singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko and historian Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto) bring "lost" Yiddish songs of World War II to life in this all-new concert and lecture program. Collected by Moshe Berezovsky and other scientists of the Kiev Cabinet for Jewish Culture, these previously unknown Yiddish songs were confiscated and hidden by the Soviet government in 1949, and have only recently come to light. The lecture/concert features the performance and incredible stories behind these treasures.
An Address in Amsterdam, a novel about a young Jewish woman who joins the anti-Nazi underground, by Mary Dingee Fillmore. Join us for a talk by the author followed by a book signing.