Spring 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 • 7:00 p.m.
Rainis Auditorium, College of Saint Elizabeth
Dr. Hasia Diner: America and its Jews in the 1930s
The United States during the 1930s, as Nazism came to power in Germany and spread to Central Europe, itself was the scene of heightened action and talk against “the Jews.” Who were the Americans who joined in this chorus, some of which extolled Hitler and what motivated them? Did they actually represent a real threat? This talk explores 1930s America and the ways some Americans pinned the blame for their unease and distress on Jews, those at home and those abroad. Dr. Diner is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University and is the author of 12 books, including: We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962, and From Arrival to Incorporation: Migrants to the U.S. in a Global Age. This program is organized and hosted by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at the College of Saint Elizabeth, and it is cosponsored by the Drew University’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study. Registration is required.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 • 7:00 p.m.
Mead Hall Founders’ Room, Drew University
Generations of the Holocaust: Myths and Realities
Dr. Eva Fogelman is a psychologist in private practice in New York City. She is the author and co-producer of the award-winning Breaking the Silence: The Generation After the Holocaust (PBS, 1984) and the Pulitzer-Prize nominee of Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust. Dr. Fogelman is the founding director of the Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers (currently Jewish Foundation for the Righteous) and co-director of Psychotherapy with Generations of the Holocaust and Related Traumas at the Training Institute for Mental Health and Child Development Research, which includes the international study of organized persecution of children. Dr. Fogelman is vice president of the American Gathering and Federation of Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants, and an advisor to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She organized the first conference on children of Holocaust survivors in New York City and is a frequent speaker and writer for professional and general audiences. This talk is part #1 of this year’s three-part study seminar devoted to exploring the second generation.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 • 4:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
Documenting the Second Generation: Daughters of Holocaust Survivors
Aliza Augustine is an artist whose fine art narrative photography confronts the Holocaust, feminism, genocide, gender, and race. In this talk, she will explore her current project, which continues the memory of the Holocaust by combining new portraits of the children of survivors (the second generation) with vintage photos of their family and backgrounds set in Europe. Her website is This talk is part #2 of this year’s three-part study seminar devoted to exploring the second generation.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 • 4:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
Uncovering My Family’s History in the Holocaust
Barbara Gilford, who is currently finishing a hybrid memoir about her family’s history in the Holocaust, is a former educator, social worker, and freelance writer for the New York Times. In this talk, she will discuss the process of researching the relationship between her father, who survived, and his mother, who perished in Auschwitz. She will be joined by Kerstin White, who helped translate documents and letters. This talk is part #3 of this year’s three-part study seminar devoted to exploring the second generation.

Monday, April 20, 2020 • 4:00 p.m.
Mead Hall Founders’ Room, Drew University
Surviving the Holocaust as a Hidden Child in Hungary
This talk by Judith Bihaly is in commemoration Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). Her mother survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen because she was a well-known tailor, but her father died on a death march. Judith Bihaly was among the earliest groups of children to arrive in Israel after the end of WWII. She also had a twin brother who survived while being hidden in a juvenile detention center. She has been featured in the documentary Remember Us: The Hungarian Hidden Children (2017).

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 • 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center, Drew University
Encouraging Racial Respect Through Holocaust Music: An Educational Workshop
Dr. Tamara Freeman will be facilitating a 3-hour workshop on the Holocaust and music. Children caught in the fascist grip of the Holocaust created music and lyrics to help them cope with unspeakable hardships in the ghettos and concentration camps. Archival Holocaust music can encourage students to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides because hearing history through a child’s perspective brings alive the culture, voices and feelings of Hitler’s most vulnerable victims.  Dr. Freeman is a violist, ethnomusicologist, and adjunct professor of music at Montclair State University; she earned her doctorate at Rutgers University.