19th International ASU Summer Symposium on Children in the Holocaust To Be Held Virtually in July 2021
For the first time in its nineteen year history, the annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust had to be cancelled last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of so many, including survivors of the Shoah. In consultation with our partner institutions in the US and Israel and the CAS leadership, Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies has decided to hold the next symposium from July 18-23, 2021. The 19th Symposium will focus on Children in the Holocaust. The language of instruction is English. This 20212 symposium will be held as an online event. Many of the symposium's participants, audience members, and speakers belong to a high-risk group for COVID-19 and it has always been the Center's priority to keep everyone safe.
The online platform will allow us to easily connect to teachers, researchers and audiences in the High Country, US, Europe, Israel and elsewhere and also explore relevant Memorials and Centers. Participating teachers will have the opportunity to learn from and converse with, among others, Prof. Deborah Dwork (Clark University), Prof. Gabriel Finder (UVA), Dr. Eva Fogelman (Florida), and Dr. Patricia Heberer-Rice, the Senior Historian at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as well as other accomplished Holocaust educators and scholars from the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. Moreover, several child survivors of the Shoah such as Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff (University of Miami), herself an accomplished educator, and of the Rwandan genocide will give testimony. Participating teacher-participants will learn and analyze how the Nazi regime sought to indoctrinate Gentile children and turn them into supporters of their regime. They will also examine how persecuted Jewish children tried to cope with persecution and, eventually, outright genocidal onslaughts. The presentations and assigned materials will shed new light on children's complex challenges and struggles under Nazi rule and occupation, in the ghettos and even camps as well as many's resilience and despair.