Fall 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
Working Through the Trauma of the Past:
Uncovering Family History in the Holocaust and WWII

Barbara Gilford is author of Heart Songs: A Holocaust Memoir about her family’s history.  Barbara will discuss the process of researching the relationship between her father, who survived the Holocaust, and his mother, who perished in Auschwitz. Barbara Gilford began as an educator and later maintained a clinical practice in psychotherapy for almost twenty-five years. Trauma, loss and suffering in her clients engendered in her deep appreciation for the strength and resilience embedded in the human psyche and spirit.  She is also an award-winning freelance writer for the New York Times and other publications. She will be joined by Kerstin E. White, who helped her by translating documents and letters. Kerstin has taught German and French courses at the college level and worked as a psychotherapist. She is the author of her memoir, Little Girl Found: A German Woman’s Story of Tuberculosis, Trauma and Healing. She is currently working on a new memoir about her immigration story and family history. Kerstin will illuminate the plight of non-Jewish German refugees fleeing the advancing Soviet army in the winter and spring of 1945. In talking about her mother’s traumatic flight from West Prussia as a child and the story of her loss, Kerstin will introduce a piece of history unknown to most Americans. In the context of intergenerational trauma, she will describe her own experiences as a second-generation survivor.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
Sousa Mendes and the Refugees of World War II

In commemoration of Kristallnacht, Joan Halperin will discuss her book My Sister’s Eyes about her family’s escape from Poland. Her family members survived thanks to Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese Consul who issued visas and passports to Jews and others fleeing Nazi Germany during WWII.

Summer 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
Discussion of the Memoir, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me:
A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past

While the consequences of the Holocaust on the children and grandchildren of survivors has been well documented, the descendants of the Nazi perpetrators have often received less attention. Jennifer Teege’s memoir, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past is a very personal contribution to our understanding of the aftershocks of the Holocaust. Teege, who was raised by an adopted family, takes us on a journey of discovery as she learns that her biological grandfather was concentration camp commandant Amon Göth, the so-called “butcher of Plaszow,” who is infamously featured in the film Schindler’s List. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about the legacy and historical burden of Nazism on Germans today. The book discussion will be led by Prof. Ann Saltzman, director emerita of the Center.

Spring 2020

Announcement: the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study has regrettably cancelled all events and meetings for the spring semester of 2020