Past events related to the publication of The
Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp
WOMEN TO WOMEN CUNY-TV PROGRAM FEATURES INTERVIEW WITH ROCHELLE
CUNY TV - Cable Channel 75 – New York
(RCN – Channel 109)
Hosted by Frances Degen Horowitz, President of the City University Graduate
In-depth interviews with women of distinction in the arts, education,
journalism, health, politics, and social sciences.
Upcoming Air Dates for Women to Women with Rochelle G. Saidel, Author
12/20/2004 at 10:00AM, 4:00PM, 10:00PM
12/25/2004 at 08:30PM (Taped: 11/03/2004 Running Time: 0:30)
"Ravensbrück Women's Concentration Camp" lecture by Dr. Rochelle
G. Saidel, featured as part of the Holocaust
Education Series sponsored by the Centre Commemoratif de l¹Holocauste
à Montréal / Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre at Concordia University,
Montreal, 7:00 p.m.
November 4 – 7
Rochelle G. Saidel, workshop leader, Lessons and Legacies Conference,
November 4 - 7, Brown University, Providence RI.
"The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück" lecture by Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel,
featured as part of Holocaust Education Week, Toronto Beth Sholom Synagogue,
"Gender, Women, and the Holocaust," lecture by Dr. Rochelle
G. Saidel, LISHMAH 2004 (NYC’s day of traditional and untraditional
Jewish learning), Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning, 10 East
66th Street, Manhattan, 12:15pm-1:40pm. More information can be found
on their web site at https://www.lishmah.org/.
Rochelle G. Saidel, presents "The Jewish Women of Ravensbruck,"
for Regional Hadassah Presidents on a mission to Israel, Jerusalem
Symposium and reception celebrating the publication of The Jewish
Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, Beit Knesset Moreshet
Yisrael, Rehov Agron 4, Jerusalem, 7:30 p.m.
Full report and photos here.
General Past Events 2004
36TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ASSOCIATION
FOR JEWISH STUDIES
DECEMBER 19-21, 2004 - HYATT REGENCY CHICAGO
This year’s conference features a number of panels on women, including
women during the Holocaust. For a full list, please see the AJS Conference
Program at http://www.brandeis.edu/ajs/prog2004.html.
On Tuesday, December 21, 2004, 10:45 – 12:45,
Session 9.7 is on: RECENT RESEARCH ON WOMEN AND THE HOLOCAUST:
CONCENTRATION CAMPS AND DP CAMPS
Chair: Gabriella Moscati-Steindler (Instituto Universitario Orientale)
Jewish Women, Social Status, Social Interactions, and Geography: Before,
During, and After the Holocaust
Jaye A. Houston (Claremont Graduate University)
Un-feminine Behaviour? Re-construction of Jewish Female Gender Identities
in the Belsen Displaced Person Camp, 1945-1950
Laurie Whitcomb-Norden (Washington State University)
Jewish Mothers and Daughters in Ravensbrück Concentration Camp
Rochelle G. Saidel (University of São Paulo and Remember the Women
Book Award Finalist in Holocaust Studies and
Women’s Studies Categories
The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp
by Rochelle G. Saidel (University of Wisconsin Press) is a finalist for
the 2004 National Jewish Book Awards in both the Holocaust category and
the Women’s Studies category.
The winner in the Holocaust category is The Origins of the Final Solution
by Christopher Browning (University of Nebraska Press and Yad Vashem),
and the other finalist is After Such Knowledge by Eva Hoffman
(Public Affairs Press).
The winner of the Women’s Studies Barbara Dobkin Award is Gender
and Israeli Society: Women's Times: New Studies from Israel by Hannah
Naveh (Vallentine Mitchell), and the other finalist is
Maiden of Ludimir by Nathaniel Deutsch (University of California
The 54th Annual National Jewish Book Awards ceremonies, sponsored by
the Jewish Book Council, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on December 1, 2004
at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York.
Professor Rosa Ester Rossini Receives Academic Honor from Brazilian
Congratulations to Remember the Women Institute Advisory Board Member
Prof. Rosa Ester Rossini, a full professor of Geography at University
of São Paulo, Brazil. She was recently honored by the Brazilian
Government and is receiving the National Scientific Merit Order from the
President of Brazil.
October 8, 2004
GERMAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Four members of the Advisory Board of Remember the Women Institute joined
together to present a panel at the Twenty-Eighth Annual Conference of
the German Studies Association,
in Washington D.C. at the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel (Arlington, Virginia)
on October 7-10, 2004.
Their panel, “Teaching Nazi Values at Home and Abroad,” was
Session 88, and took place on Saturday, October 8 from 10:30 AM - 12:15
Moderator: Sonja M. Hedgepeth, Middle Tennessee State
University, "Nazi Efforts to Propagandize Teachers of German 1933-1941"
Susan L. Pentlin, Central Missouri State University, "Anti-Semitism
and Racial Education in the Pre-War Hitler Youth"
Nancy E. Rupprecht, Middle Tennessee State University, "Teaching
the Allgemeine SS about Jews: Preparing for the Holocaust?"
Johnpeter Horst Grill, Mississippi State University
Commentator: Karin Doerr, Concordia University
Where Were the Women? A Report on “Teaching
the Holocaust to Future Generations:
A Special Conference for Educators”
Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, August 8 – 11, 2004
“Teaching the Holocaust to Future Generations: A Special Conference
for Educators” was held at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem from August 8
to 11. Remember the Women Institute Director, Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel,
and Advisory Board Member, Noreen Brand (Director of Curatorial Services
or Florida Holocaust Museum), presented workshops at the conference. Some
200 participants from 31 countries took part in the conference, which
included a tour of the new history museum at Yad Vashem, now under construction.
While the conference offered a rich potpourri of subjects in workshops
and plenary sessions, gender and women and the Holocaust were hardly on
the agenda. The only workshop dealing with these issues was presented
by Dr. Saidel, who provided participants with a bibliography.
With the exception of Shulamit Imber, Pedagogical Director, International
School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem, no woman was part of any of
the plenary sessions, not even as a chairperson.
Professor John K. Roth, from the College of Claremont McKenna, “saved
the day” in his plenary lecture on the Holocaust in interdisciplinary
studies, when he emphasized the importance of studying gender and the
Holocaust. He stressed that no one discipline, including History, “owns”
the Holocaust. Correctly stating that the question of women during the
Holocaust received little attention until the 1990’s, he pointed
out that the horrors were different for women and men. Professor Roth,
who also stated that scholars need modesty to realize the study of the
Holocaust, modestly left out the fact that he was co-editor, along with
Carol Rittner, of a germinal anthology on women and the Holocaust in 1993,
As one example of gender study, he mentioned the issue of the Nazis encouraging
German women to bear children, but making sure that Jewish women did not.
Studying the issues of women and gender “makes understanding the
Holocaust more complex than before gender studies,” he said. An
interdisciplinary study of the Holocaust, including gender studies, “takes
away the comfort of simplicity.” Professor Roth mentioned the director
and a number of members of the Remember the Women Institute Advisory Board
as pioneers in bringing to the fore the questions of women and gender
during the Holocaust.
For more information on the conference, see http://www.teachingholocaust.com/.
Tennessee Holocaust Commission Summer Institute
Advisory Board member Dr. Nancy E. Rupprecht was the featured
speaker at the 3-day Tennessee Holocaust Commission Summer Institute in
June 2004 at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. The
summer institute is a seminar designed to help secondary school teachers
integrate the Holocaust into the high school curriculum in a variety of
disciplines. Dr. Rupprecht delivered the keynote address and led a lecture-discussion
section with the teachers. She reports that she was especially encouraged
that so many of the participants in the seminar asked questions about
and sought further source material concerning women in the Holocaust.
In a session on using the Internet to research the Holocaust, she pointed
out to the participants that this site, www.rememberwomen.org,
is an important source.
DR. ROCHELLE G. SAIDEL RECEIVED AWARD
Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, president and founder of Remember the Women Institute,
received an Alumni Achievement Award for 2004 from the Ph.D. Alumni Association
of the City University of New York on May 19, 2004, at the CUNY Graduate
Center in New York City. She is among eight alumni and alumna who received
awards from Dr. Frances Degen Horowitz, president of the Graduate Center.
Past events related to the publication of The
Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp
August 8 – 11,
Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel, Workshop on “The Jewish Women in
Ravensbrück Concentration Camp” at Teaching the Holocaust
to Future Generations—International Conference for Educators.
See report above.
July 14, 2004
“Ravensbrück, Gender, and the Holocaust”
Guest speaker, National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar
for teachers, "Cultural Responses to the Holocaust in America and
Abroad," directed by Dr. Alan Mintz between June 28 and July 30,
2004. The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY
June 26 – 29, 2004 – “The
Ravensbrück Concentration Camp and the Brazilian Jewish Experience,“
lecture by Rochelle G. Saidel, XII International Latin American Jewish
Studies Association Research Conference, Inherited Memories: The Latin
American Jewish Experience Across Generations, Dartmouth College, Hanover,
New Hampshire, June 26-29, 2004
June 4 – 6, 2004 – Book Expo, Chicago
May 12, 2004 – “Ravensbrück:
Forgotten Women of the Holocaust,” lecture by Rochelle G Saidel,
The Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, Fifth
Avenue and 34th Street, 6:15 – 8:00 pm, Martin E. Segal Theatre.
April 29, 2004 –
ACADEMIC SYMPOSIUM ON THE JEWISH WOMEN
OF RAVENSBRÜCK CONCENTRATION CAMP held at CUNY GRADUATE
April 22, 2004
– “The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück: From
Yom HaShoah to Yom HaAtzmaut,” Israel America Foundation, 45 East
33 Street, New York, NY.
LILLIAN KREMER RECEIVED AWARD AND PRAISE
for Holocaust Literature:
An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work. (Ed. by S. Lillian
Kremer. 2v. New York: Routledge, 2003.)
Selected by CHOICE as best research book of 2003
Selected by BOOKLIST as editor's choice for 2003
American Library Association Dartmouth Medal Honorable Mention for 2003
books (Award ceremony at ALA Conference, June, 2004).
DR. SONJA HEDGEPETH RECEIVED AWARD IN WOMEN’S
Board Member Dr. Sonja Hedgepeth received the Ayne Cantrell Award in Women’s
Studies for 2003-2004 from her university. Dr. Hedgepeth, a professor
at Middle Tennessee State University, has done extensive work on women
and the Holocaust. Currently on Sabbatical in Tel Aviv. Read
her letter from Tel Aviv.