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September 14, 2005

Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel will speak about The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp at a meeting of the Jewish Women's Foundation, New York.

September 18, 2005

Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel will speak about Gemma LaGuardia Gluck at a conference of David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.

"America and the Holocaust: Politics, Art, History" is the title of the third national conference of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, which will take place in New York City on September 18, 2005.

The conference will be held in the McNally Amphitheater and atrium at the Fordham University School of Law, 140 West 62 Street, on Sunday, September 18, 2005, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The master of ceremonies will be Fordham faculty member Prof. Thane Rosenbaum, the eminent scholar, award-winning novelist, and leading member of the Wyman Institute's Arts & Letters Council.

The sessions will include:

* "LaGuardia and the Holocaust," chaired by former New York Mayor Ed Koch. The speakers at this session include: Dr. Rafael Medoff, unveiling new research on Fiorello LaGuardia's efforts to promote rescue from the Holocaust; Dr. Rochelle Saidel, on the ordeal of LaGuardia's sister Gemma, who was a prisoner of the Nazis; and Prof. Thomas Kessner, biographer of LaGuardia.

The registration table, as well as tables offering books and videos for sale, will open at 9:00 am. The first session of the conference will begin at 10:00 am.

Registration is $25, which includes a kosher lunch ($15 for students). To register, click here or call 215-635-5622.

For more information and a complete program, please see

October 11, 2005

“Women Resisting the Nazis,” Panel with Dr. Margaret Crouch, Dr. Karen Paley, Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel and Frieda Soble

Rhode Island College, Providence


October 27 – 29, 2005

“From Liberation to Life: 60 Years after Auschwitz,” Seventh Holocaust Studies Conference at Middle Tennessee State University

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Gerhard L. Weinberg, Author of A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II

Luncheon Speakers, Dr. Myrna Goldenberg and Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel

Conference Chairperson, Dr. Nancy Rupprecht

For further information, see:


October 30, 2005

Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel will speak about The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp and the camp's 60th anniversary commemoration at the Holocaust Museum and Study Center in Spring Valley, New York.

Holocaust Museum and Study Center


November 22, 2005

In honor of Jewish Book Month, Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel will speak about The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp to the Sharon Group, Manhattan Chapter of Hadassah.


December 1, 2005

Halina Wind Preston Memorial Lecture by Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, Wilmington, DE


March 17-18, 2006

Call for Papers

“Jewish intellectual women in Europe: gendering history, politics and culture”

Conference and book project of the Central European University, Department of Gender Studies in a cooperation with the University of Milan-Bicocca, supported by the Hanadiv Foundation, London, 17-18 March, 2006 in Budapest at the Central European University.

 The special focus of the project will be considered in a conference devoted to gender, politics and Jewish tradition in Europe, starting from the example of European women activists coming from Europe. The aim  of the project is to develop a useful  comparative analysis of gender, political identity and religious heritage, based on the study of the activities and works produced by Jewish women intellectuals in the interwar and the post- Shoah period. In particular, Hannah Arendt will be considered as representative of the German tradition, while Zefora Lombroso, Sara Nathan, Amelia Rosselli, Gina Lombroso and Laura Orvieto shall indicate a specific liberal Italian Jewish tradition; Eugenia Miskolczy, Cecile and Laura Polanyi, and Edith Bruck, a Hungarian tradition; Käthe Leichter, an Austrian tradition. We are calling for papers to contribute to the conference and the planned volume on the contributions of European Jewish female intellectuals to feminist theory in general and the redefinitions of progressive politics in their European country in particular. Proposals addressing gender and memory of Jewish female intellectuals are encouraged.

Papers should go beyond the description of life stories and after describing the life story of the woman should analyze the ways in which subjectivity and agency were constructed in their particular context. Papers addressing gender and memory of one Jewish female intellectual are encouraged.

The methodological approach is to use gender as a fundamental category organizing Jewish life and in the shaping of the ethnic/religious identities among Jews. As such, this can be a valuable contribution, creating the possibility of rethinking the basic concepts within Jewish Studies, such as spirituality, community, and/or political activism, therefore having a significant impact on new knowledge production. By working across disciplines and exchanging experiences the participants of the project can better understand the complex linkage between gender and Judaism. Collaboration of scholars and researchers and the comparison of their results from different countries of Europe will provide a more comprehensive gendered picture of Jewish life.

            The working language of the conference is English. Please send a 800- word summary of the proposed paper by 16 October, 2005 to Andrea Peto and to Marina Calloni Marina



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