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2020 ACTIVITIES OF ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Remember the Women Institute announces with sorrow the passing on August 7, 2020, of our Advisory Board Member Dr. Nancy Rupprecht. She was a professor of History, director of Holocaust Studies, and one of Women and Gender Studies' first directors at Middle Tennessee State University. She argued without stop for funding to support both the Women’s Studies and Holocaust Studies conferences, and she chaired the latter for many years. She taught a "gynocentric" Western Civilization course and a popular course on Women in European History. Her most recent research projects included a planned book on suffragism and the lesser known members of the Pankhurst family. She insisted on foregrounding the study of and including the voices of women in Holocaust Studies at her university.
Her Story, My Story? Writing About Women and the Holocaust, edited by Prof. Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz and Prof. Dalia Ofer, both members of the Remember the Women Institute Advisory Board, has been published in Spring 2020. The anthology chapters are personal essays by an international and interdisciplinary group of women who have devoted their careers and their writing to the subject of women and the Holocaust. Among the chapter authors are Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, founder and executive director of Remember the Women Institute, as well as Advisory Board members Dr. Batya Brutin, Dr. Insa Eschebach, Dr. Myrna Goldenberg, Prof. Esther Hertzog, and Prof. Sara R. Horowitz. Each of the 27 chapter contributors to the volume writes about how her background led her to focus on this subject. Beginning with the 1980s, the three sections of the anthology are: "The 'Founding Mothers,'" "The 'Middle Generation,'" and "The 'New Voices.'" The book was published by Peter Lang AG International Academic Publishers.
A Cry in Unison: Sistering for Survival, a memoir by Holocaust survivor and Remember the Women Institute Advisory Board Member Judy Cohen, has recently been published as part of the Azrieli Series of Holocaust survivor memoirs. As always, Judy emphasizes women’s experiences. The book not only tells Judy’s story, but also documents with footnotes and references the history that she was part of.