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Past events related to the publication of The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp

December '04

CUNY TV - Cable Channel 75 – New York
(RCN – Channel 109)

Hosted by Frances Degen Horowitz, President of the City University Graduate Center
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)

November 8
"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.

November 2
"The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück" lecture by Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel, featured as part of Holocaust Education Week, Toronto Beth Sholom Synagogue, 7:30 p.m.

October 31
"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

October 22
Rochelle G. Saidel, presents "The Jewish Women of Ravensbruck," for Regional Hadassah Presidents on a mission to Israel, Jerusalem

Dr. Saidel signing a copy of her book.September 7

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

December 2004


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

On Tuesday, December 21, 2004, 10:45 – 12:45,

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 Institute)

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 Press)

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 Government

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

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 PM

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

August 2004

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, Different Voices.

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


June 2004

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,, is an important source.

May 2004

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, 2004
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 IL

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 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).


Advisory 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.

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