The Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study will offer a series of Writing Workshops for Second Generation Holocaust Survivors in fall 2018 and welcomes participation by those whose parents’ lives were altered by the Holocaust.

Who is a survivor?
Our definition of “survivor” is broad and includes:  those who were in the ghettos and camps, those who were rescued or hidden during the war, those who were on the kindertransport, those who were Holocaust refugees, those who hid in the woods, those who joined various partisan groups, and those whose parents escaped to other parts of the world.
Why should I participate?
As the population of survivors dwindles, the mantle of remembrance passes to the next generation.  Your memories about your parents, about your relationships with your parents, about what you learned from their parents are an important part of the story of the Holocaust. What would you like future generations to know about “life after the Holocaust,” from the perspective of those who grew up with people who had lived it?
What if I’m not a writer?
There is no requirement that participants be accomplished writers.  All you need is the desire to transfer your memories onto paper. Perhaps the stories will be only a fragment of memory, only a paragraph.  Or perhaps there is more to write down.  Length is not important, only the story you want to tell. Professor Emeritus of English Bob Ready, who taught writing at Drew for over thirty years, will serve as lead instructor.
When will these workshops take place?
The workshops will be held on six consecutive Mondays, beginning October 8.  The initial workshop will be from 11 am to 3 pm and will include lunch.  Five subsequent sessions will be held from 1 to 3 pm on October 15, 22, 29 and November 5 and 12.  
How much does it cost to participate?  There is no fee for participation but it is expected that participants attend all six sessions.
How do I register or get more information?
Contact Ann Saltzman, Director Emerita of the Center at .

Fall 2018 Programs

Tuesday, October 2, 2018  • 4 p.m. – Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University

Marking the 80th Anniversary of the Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia in 1938.”  1938 was a critical year for the success of Nazi Germany’s eventual occupation of most of Western Europe and Poland. Desperate to avoid another war, the allies engaged in an act of appeasement (the Munich Agreement) and allowed Nazi Germany to annex parts of Western Czechoslovakia. Although Hitler pledged not to occupy the remainder of the country, six months later, he broke his word and occupied the area of Bohemia and Moravia; the Republic of Slovakia became a puppet state of Nazi Germany. As we now know, this act of appeasement failed and fueled Hitler’s belief that he could conquer all of Europe.

In this program, we will mark the 80th anniversary of the Munich Agreement by hearing from three people whose lives were affected by its outcomes: Peter Fleishmann, born near Prague in 1927, lived under Nazi occupation from 1938 to 1941 at which point his family was able to escape to the United States. Susan Lederman, born in 1937 in Bratislava (now Slovakia), survived the Holocaust in hiding with Christian families and was reunited with her parents after the Russian liberation. Eva Vogel, the child of two Auschwitz survivors, was also born in Slovakia right after the war; her story includes post-Holocaust life in Communist Czechoslovakia. Free and Open to the Public

Tuesday, October 30, 2018  • 7 p.m. – Learning Center, Room 28, Drew University

Holocaust as Contested HistoryAs many countries in Europe “swing right,” the way in which the Holocaust is recalled has become contentious.  For example, there is currently a movement in Croatia to rehabilitate the Ustasha, the Croatian fascist movement during the Holocaust, which was responsible for the mass-murder of Serbs, Jews, and Roma.  A new Polish law criminalizes holding the Polish nation responsible for the atrocities committed on Polish soil during World War II. And throughout eastern and central Europe, the crimes committed by Nazi Germany are being equated with those committed under Communist rule. These are just some examples of how the Holocaust has become embroiled in 21st century quests to develop national identities.

Menachem Rosensaft will give a talk on the subject of “The Holocaust as Contested History” during which he will discuss how the Holocaust is remembered and not remembered in different eastern and central European countries.  Mr. Rosensaft is the General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress, and teaches about the law of genocide at the law schools of Columbia and Cornell Universities.  He was appointed to the United Sates Holocaust Memorial Council by Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and is the editor of God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors, published by Jewish Lights Publishing.  Free and Open to the Public

Tuesday, November 13, 2018  • 4 p.m. – Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University

In Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht. Also known as “the night of broken glass” and the Reich Pogrom, Kristallnacht occurred on November 9-10, 1938.  During these two days, the Nazis unleashed a wave of pogroms against Germany’s Jews, wreaking incredible damage on Jewish communities across “greater  Germany” which by 1938 included Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia.  Over 1000 synagogues were destroyed along with Jewish stores and homes.  Over 100 Jews were murdered; thousands were imprisoned in concentration camps.

This program marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht through photos and film excerpts taken at the time as well as testimony by two first hand-witnesses:  Peter Lederman and Erwin Ganz, both small boys in November 1938. Free and Open to the Public.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018  • 5:30 p.m. – Methodist Archives, Drew University

Book Launch Event.  Join the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study as we celebrate the publication of the English translation of an important book about forced labor in Nazi Germany at the end of World War II, newly edited by Drew Professor Emerita of German, Edwina Lawler. In August 1944, 800 Jewish women from Hungary and Poland were moved from Auschwitz to Bremen to undertake forced labor. This important book presents unique research on a forgotten camp and its forgotten forced workers. Originally published in German by Helmut Müller and translated into English by Elfriede Smith, a member of the Drew faculty in German from 1968 to 2014, this book presents a literary diary based on survivors’ written and oral accounts as well as archival documents. New to the English edition are reflections by Hedy Brasch, a member of Drew University’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and survivor of Obernheide. Free and Open to the Public.