Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium

The students of the 2015 Symposium

The symposium is geared torwards educators, students, and community members and is free and open to the public.

The purpose and goal of the Symposium is to provide public and private school teachers, university faculty, students, and community members information and insights about the victims, perpetrators, and consequences of the Nazi Holocaust.

The Symposium provides approximately 40 hours of lectures, workshops, discussions, films, and demonstrations.  Teachers who complete all 40 hours receive four CEUs.

The symposium includes:

  • workshops
  • discussions
  • lectures by internationally recognized speakers
  • Nazi Holocaust survivor testimony
  • day and evening presentations
  • four continuing education credits for teachers


Summer Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust held July 23-28 at Appalachian

woman and childBOONE—The 15th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust will be held July 23-28 at Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union. This year’s symposium puts a particular emphasis on the roles and struggles of women in the Holocaust and explores the significance of gender in this genocide. The event is organized by Appalachian’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies and named for symposium benefactors, the late Doris and Martin Rosen.

The week-long symposium brings internationally- and nationally-acclaimed scholars, authors, and educators to Boone. The event’s faculty and speakers include Professor Pamela Nadell (American University), Auschwitz survivor Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz, Rabbi Judy Schindler (Temple Beth El), Holocaust children’s book author Kathy Kacer (Toronto), Dr. Racelle Weiman (independent Holocaust educator), and Professor Michael Berenbaum (American Jewish University). For the first time, Appalachian’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies is collaborating with Yad Vashem, the World Center for Holocaust Research, Documentation, Education and Commemoration, in Jerusalem. Sheryl Ochayon, JD, from Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies, will be in attendance and giving presentations.

The free and open to the public symposium provides public and private school teachers, university faculty, students and community members information and insights about the victims, perpetrators, and consequences of the Nazi genocide of European Jewry. In addition, the program widens the focus to explore Jewish religious and cultural life before the Shoah. Reflecting this year’s emphasis, the symposium participants will not only learn and ponder how Jewish women have shaped Jewish religion and culture, struggled for survival in the face of Nazi onslaughts, and participated in the resistance against fascist forces and authorities, the audience will also gain knowledge of how the Nazis targeted Jewish women and how Gentile German women participated in the slaughter on a much larger scale than previous scholarship had established.

Contributing to the international reach and composition of the event, secondary-school teachers from Latvia, Hungary, and Romania will be among the participants and discuss the teaching of the Holocaust in their countries.

As in years past, North Carolina teachers can receive continuing education units for attending the lectures, workshops, discussions, and demonstrations.

Faye SchulmanThis year’s events will also include “Faces of Resistance: Women in the Holocaust,” a powerful exhibit that explains how Jewish women across the continent resisted the Nazis and their many collaborators. The traveling exhibit, researched and put together by Moreshet, the Mordechai Anielevich Memorial, in Israel, will be on display in Plemmons Student Union for the duration of the symposium and freely accessible to the public.

The symposium is sponsored by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Martin and Doris Rosen Endowment, the Community Advisory Board and Friends of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences, Program on Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies, and the University Bookstore, the Boone Jewish Community/Temple of the High Country, Havurah of the High Country, the Margolis Family, the Ruth and Stan Etkin Symposium Scholars’ Fund, the Leon Levine Foundation, the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust, Echoes and Reflections of Yad Vashem (in collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League), and the AJS Distinguished Lectureship Program at the Association of for Jewish Studies.

For a schedule of events and complete list of speakers, please visit http://holocaust.appstate.edu/2016_Schedule. To register for CEUs, visit http://holocaust.appstate.edu/events/summer-symposium/symposium-form.