Heroines of the Holocaust: New Frameworks of Resistance
Wagner College, Staten Island, New York
June 2-3 2021
The activities of women during the Holocaust have often been forgotten, erased, misunderstood, or intentionally distorted. Jewish women and those of all faiths fought with dignity, compassion and courage to save others from the murderous Nazi regime in over 30 nations. Often overlooked, women as well as men played critical roles in uprisings against the Nazis in over 50 ghettos, 18 forced labor camps and 5 concentration camps, including Auschwitz. Women were critical to the Jewish underground and other resistance networks both as armed fighters and as strategists and couriers of intelligence and false papers. Women played essential roles operating educational, cultural and humanitarian initiatives. In other genocides, women also faced horrendous atrocities, yet distinguished themselves with resilience and acts of moral courage. This symposium hopes to create a new narrative around agency in the Shoah and other genocides, which may inspire transformative activism today.
With the participation of leading Holocaust scholars from ten different nations including the US, Europe, Israel and the UK, our program features roundtables, panels, film screenings, educational workshops, as well as several artistic events. Our symposium is sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation, the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Center of Manhattan College, and Remember the Women Institute. Participating institutions include the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Echoes and Reflections, and the Ghetto Fighters House Museum.
For more information, full program, and to register please visit: https://sites.google.com/wagner.edu/heroines