Other Genocides Lecture Series
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25-November 8, 2001
to the Holocaust
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
8:00 p.m., Wilson 103
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Reflections on Resistance and Jewish Resistance
Nechama Tec is a distinguished scholar of the Holocaust whose "imaginative
and pathbreaking" research sheds light on a variety of topics previously
unexplored. Tec's book, Defiance: The Bielski Partisans,shows how an embattled
group of fighters took on a second role of rescuers. The Bielski partisans
became the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews during World
War II. An earlier book, When Light Pierced the Darkness: Christian
Rescue of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Poland, offers a first insight into
the motives of ordinary Poles to shelter their Jewish neighbors. A new
book, The Puzzle of Gender and the Holocaust, will be published
by Yale University Press in 2002. Tec is a Senior Research Fellow at the
Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance of the U.S. Holocaust
Memorial Museum, and Scholar-in-Residence at the International Institute
for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. She is also Professor
of Sociology at the University of Connecticut at Stamford. She is a frequent
lecturer at national and international universities as well as a guest
speaker on television and radio programs.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 29
7:00 p.m., Sarratt Cinema
FILM AND DISCUSSION: Resistance: Untold Stories of Jewish Partisans
Directed by Seth Kramer
Resistance tells the story of Jewish Partisans in World War II.
It addresses the often asked question, "Why did the Jews go like
sheep to the slaughter?" The answer this documentary film gives is,
put simply, "They didn't." Interviews with Jewish partisans
reveal the profoundly moving story of the dramatic fight for survival
by young men and women in the forests of Eastern Europe. A discussion
with the producer of the film, Kenneth Mandel, will follow the film.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30
8:00 p.m., Sarratt Cinema
LECTURE/DISCUSSION: The Heart of Resistance: Partisans Speak
Two of the former partisans whose stories are told in the film, "Resistance:
Untold Stories of Jewish Partisans," Shalom Yoram and Eta Wrobel,
will elaborate on their experiences, and answer questions from the audience.
At the age of 17, Shalom Yoram escaped into the forests and swamplands
of Poland in 1942, after seeing his parents murdered by Nazis before his
eyes. He and his brother formed the nucleus of a partisan band that waged
guerilla warfare against the Germans for the rest of the war. He smuggled
himself into Israel at the end of the war, and made important contributions
to the development of the Jewish State. Eta Wrobel escaped with her father
to the forests near her home in Lukov, Poland when her ghetto was burned
to the ground by the advancing German Army. By the age of 17 she joined
a small partisan group of sixty people, men, women, "boys and girls,"
who resisted Nazi occupation. For her, the partisan experience took on
a dual role of rescuer and fighter. Eta brought numerous other Jewish
refugees to her partisan unit and helped find shelter for them. Following
the war she married and moved to the United States. She is a mother, grandmother,
and great-grandmother and a passionate activist against intolerance and
7:00 p.m., Sarratt Cinema
MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Songs of Struggle and Resistance: The Resilience
of the Jewish Spirit
Adrienne Cooper and Lorin Sklamberg
Throughout Jewish history, spiritual and political struggle has been expressed
through song. From the Jewish religious tradition to the struggle for
trade unionism to the Holocaust, a vibrant and diverse music expresses
spiritual seeking, a vision of a just economic and social order, and the
will to resist mankind's greatest inhumanity during the Holocaust. This
music will be presented by two of the leading vocalists of the New Yiddish
Culture and Klezmer Revival movements, Adrienne Cooper and Lorin Sklamberg.
Adrienne Cooper has inspired a generation of listeners and musicans alike
with her reinterpretations of Yiddish vocal music. Her recordings include
Mikveh, Ghetto Tango and the Grammy-nominated Partisans of Vilna. She
is Director of The Center for Cultural Jewish Life of the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter
Ring . Lorin Sklamberg, founding member and lead vocalist with The Klezmatics,
is featured on three dozen recordings including Nigunim with Frank
London, Knitting on the Roof with Uri Caine and Live in
the Fiddler's House where he duets with violin virtuoso Itshak Perlman.
Mr. Sklamberg directs the Music Archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish
7:00 p.m., Sarratt Cinema
FILM AND DISCUSSION: Weapons of the Spirit (1989)
Directed by Pierre Sauvage
This film by Pierre Sauvage tells the true story of a small French village
which managed to save five thousand Jews from the Holocaust. The inhabitants
of the village, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, were descendants of Huguenot Protestants
who themselves had been severely persecuted in previous centuries. They
decided to resist evil with "weapons of the spirit" and managed
to double the population of their community right under the noses of the
Nazi-occupiers. The film is Sauvage's personal story. Born to Jewish parents
hiding in Le Chambon, he returned to chronicle the town's resilient story
and interviewed the inhabitants. A discussion with Professor Michael Bess
of the Department of History at Vanderbilt will follow the film.
8:00 p.m., 103 Wilson Hall
LECTURE: The German Resistance and the Holocaust
Professor Hoffmann is the leading authority on German resistance to Hitler.
His most recent book is Stauffenberg. A Family History, 1905-1944.
(Cambridge University Press, 1995). Among his several other books and
numerous articles are these two landmark studies: German Resistance
to Hitler. (Harvard University Press, 1988) and The History of
the German Resistance 1933-1945. (Macdonald and Jane's, 1977). His
studies have appeared in German, French and Italian editions. Peter Hoffmann
is William Kingsford Professor at McGill University.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
8:00 p.m., Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall, Blair School of Music
MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: An Evening of Jewish Song
Amy Jarman, soprano, and Amy Dorfman, piano
Soprano Amy Jarman
has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times for her "radiant
tone and moving phrasing...". The Dallas Times Herald has
called pianist Amy Dorfman's playing "poised and sensitive."
Join these two dynamic performers as they present a moving concert of
Jewish music. Songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, English and Ladino showcase the
diversity of the Jewish musical heritage. Included in the program are
Simon Sargons delightful "On Grandfathers Knee"
and favorite selections from Yiddish theater, as well as Maurice Ravels
haunting setting of the Kaddish prayer, and songs which reflect on the
tragedy of the Holocaust. Both Amy Jarman and Amy Dorfman are on the faculty
of the Blair School of Music.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 to MONDAY, OCTOBER 22 Guided Tour Trip to
U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
During the academic semester's Fall Break, the Office of the
University Chaplain will sponsor a Vanderbilt student trip to
the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The trip will
be led by Vanderbilt Hillel Director, Shaiya Baer.
Students will depart from Nashville on Saturday, October 20,
and return on Monday, October 22. For more information, call
8:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m.
Sarratt Student Center
Partisan Resistance During the Holocaust
An Educational Outreach Program (EOP) of the Tennessee
This conference is
designed for secondary school teachers,
grades 7 - 12, and mature high school students.
- Reflections on
Resistance and Jewish Resistance -- Professor Nechama Tec, University
of Connecticut, Holocaust survivor and author of Defiance: The
- Film -- Resistance:
Untold Stories of Jewish Partisans
- Choosing Resistance
-- Eta Wrobel and Shalom Yoran, two former partisans featured in the
film, answer questions
- Teaching about
Resistance -- A conversation with Nechama Tec, Shalom Yoran, and Eta
For registration information,
call or write: Tennessee Holocaust
Commission, 2417 West End Avenue, Nashville 37240
Telephone: (615) 343-2563 or 343-1171
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, and 10
8:00 p.m. and NOVEMBER 4 at 2 p.m.
Neely Auditorium, Vanderbilt University
THEATER PERFORMANCE: Lebensraum
by Israel Horovitz
Using a cast of three to play 40 sharply drawn characters, this bold work
of penetrating intelligence is based on the fanciful, explosive idea that
a German Chancellor might, as an act of redemption, invite six million
Jews to Germany and promise them citizenship and jobs. A resulting scenario
unfolds that explores the effects of the policy on Jews and nonJews with
widely varying outlooks, from an unemployed American dockworker to a survivor
General admission will be $7.00. Admission will be free for
undergraduates with Vanderbilt I.D., and $4.00 for graduate
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