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DR. EVA ALTERMAN BLAY PRESENTS PAPER IN MOSCOW

“The Path to Nuclear Fission: The Story of Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn,” produced by Rosemarie Reed, a member of the Remember the Women Institute Advisory Board, airs on PBS in June 2006

“Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace,” produced, written and directed by Lilly Rivlin, a member of the Remember the Women Institute Advisory Board, Premiers at the Jerusalem International Film Festival in July 2006


Dr. Eva Alterman Blay Presents Paper in Moscow

Eighth CONGRESS OF THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR JEWISH STUDIES
Past and Present perspectives in Jewish Studies - Moscow July 23- 27, 2006
Paper by Dr. Eva Alterman Blay, Professor of Sociology, University of São Paulo, Brazil
For the complete paper, in Portuguese, e-mail eblay@uol.com.br or eblay@usp.br

Gender Studies: The participation of Jewish Women in social and political activities: their past experience in Europe and as immigrants in Brazil

Europeans are believed to have arrived in Brazil in 1500. Jews came along from the very beginning. This ancient phase in History is now being looked into.

Single men and women, couples with young or grown-up children and several unaccompanied married men landed here over the contemporary immigration (1890-1940). These immigrants were mostly moved by poverty and anti-Semitic persecution. There were also those, mainly leftists, escaping from political harassment.

Data herein analyzed are part of oral stories, documents and photographies displayed in the research “Jews in the memory of São Paulo city”. Such recollections refer to the contemporary settling of Jews in Brazil, many of which came from Eastern Europe or from other countries in Latin America.

This paper deals with the numerous courses followed by women, comparing them to their brothers, male friends and husbands. Some participated expressively in leftist politics back in Europe. In Brazil, in turn, due to their political activities, they were arrested, deported and underwent harsh political persecution throughout President Getulio Vargas’s dictatorship (1930-45).

A comparison is made concerning the diverse vocations outlined by families for their sons and daughters in 1st generation. Also, some ideas on female education prove mystified.

Taking into consideration the social class the people interviewed are part of, a deep analysis is carried out on participation in economy, work and everyday life, as well as on maintenance or rejections of bonds with Judaism in Brazil.

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“The Path to Nuclear Fission: The Story of Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn,” produced by Rosemarie Reed, a member of the Remember the Women Institute Advisory Board, airs on PBS in June 2006

This is the intriguing story of the lives and times of Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn, two remarkable scientists whose extraordinary collaboration culminated in the discovery of nuclear fission in 1938, turning Einstein's 'theory' into atomic science. Meitner and Hahn revolutionized the history of science and the role of women in physics and chemistry; their tale parallels the social changes and turbulent history of their times, involving the war against memory, Nazi intimidation, forced exile, betrayal and a Nobel Prize in chemistry that to this day distorts science history. Rosemarie Reed is a prize-winning filmmaker, and this a film makes a strong statement that integrates women into history and gives a specific woman her due credit. For more information, see http://www.filmsforthought.com/ Rosemarie Reed Productions.

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“Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace,” produced, written and directed by Lilly Rivlin, a member of the Remember the Women Institute Advisory Board, Premiers at the Jerusalem International Film Festival in July 2006

Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace,” is the first documentary to explore in depth the role of Israeli and Palestinian women peace activists dealing with one of the world’s oldest conflicts.  Though prospects for peace have ebbed and flowed between Israelis and Palestinians, women peace activists have worked consistently to bring an end to the bloodshed that has brought so much anguish to both sides.  No matter how desperate the political situation seemed these women never stopped communicating with each other.  They come together in their bereavement over the loss of loved ones and to demand a better future for their children and grandchildren. There is bonding, there is friction, there are differences of opinion.  But most of all it is a story about women who have hope and keep on trying to hear each other. Lilly Rivlin, Producer, Writer and Director; Debra Winger, Narrator. http://www.rememberwomen.org/Library/Film/can_you_hear_me_flier.html

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