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 September 24.  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 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.  
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 .

Writing Workshop Flyer

Fall 2018 Programs

In conjunction with the course “Perspectives on the Holocaust,” to be offered in fall 2018.

Monday, September 24, 2018  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Mead Hall, Founders Room, Drew University

Second Generation Writing Project, led by Dr. Bob Ready, Prof. Emeritus of English, Drew University. (Open to Second-Generation Holocaust Survivors) Free

Tuesday, October 2, 2018  • 4 p.m.

Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University

A panel discussion entitled “Dismembering Czechoslovakia, a Critical Step on the Way to the Holocaust: Reflections and Testimony 80 years later.” It will include representatives from different Czechoslovakian regions: Eva Vogel (Slovakia), Sue Lederman (Slovakia), and Peter Fleischmann (Sudetenland). This program will be an open class for, “Perspectives on the Holocaust.” Free and Open to the Public.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018  • 7 p.m.

Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University

A talk by Menachem Rosensaft tentatively entitled “The Holocaust as Contested History in Eastern Europe.” It will feature a discussion of the recently passed Polish legislation, relating to the so-called protection of Polish national honor dealing with the Holocaust. The program will also include how the Holocaust is remembered or not remembered in other Eastern European countries. Menachem Rosensaft is general counsel of the World Jewish Congress. He is also a lecturer in law at Columbia University Law School where he teaches a course in the law of genocide. He is the editor of God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors, published by Jewish Lights Publishing.  Mr. Rosensaft has written about the new Polish law as well as the situation in other Eastern European countries. 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, a panel of first-hand witnesses will be featured. Peter Lederman (husband of Sue Lederman) has confirmed. Other participants are yet to be asked. This program is also an open class for the course, “Perspectives on the Holocaust.” Free and open to the public.