Yad Vashem Educator on Jewish Education and Spiritual Resistance in the Ghettos (18th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium)

Yad Vashem Educator on Jewish Education and Spiritual Resistance in the Ghettos (18th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium)

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Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies invites the public to a lecture by Liz Elsby (Jerusalem) on the topic of The Ghettos: The Role of Jewish Education in the Struggles for Survival and Spiritual Resistance. The talk will will take place at Grandfather Mountain Ballroom, Room 137, in ASU’s Plemmons Student Union (263 Locust Street) on Monday, July 22. The evening program will begin at 7:00 pm.

Liz Elsby has been working at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, since 2006. She has written lesson plans and articles, worked as a graphic designer for the schools website, and guides student groups, organizations, and individuals in the Yad Vashem museum and campus as well as in Poland. She gives lectures on a wide range of topics, including Holocaust art. Born in New York City, she made aliyah in 1984. 

The lecture and Q-and-A are part of the 18th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust that takes place from July 20 until 25, 2019, at Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union and select other venues on campus and in town. This year’s symposium explores the multi-fold connections between the Holocaust and education. Attendees and participants will not only learn and ponder how the Nazi regime relied on schooling to secure support for its participatory dictatorship and racist policies, but also how persecuted Jews across German-controlled Europe enlisted education as a form of spiritual resistance and Amidah, even in the ghettos and camps. Moreover, the symposium will shed light on how school systems in North America and Europe teach (or fail to teach) histories of the Holocaust. 

The event is organized by Appalachian State's Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies and named for symposium benefactors, the late Doris and Martin Rosen. The symposium is sponsored by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Martin and Doris Rosen Endowment, the Friends and Supporters of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences, Appalachian’s Reich College of Education, Belk Library and Information Commons, the Boone Jewish Community/Temple of the High Country, Havurah of the High Country, 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 William Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC.

The lecture is free and open to the public and no tickets are required. For a schedule of events and complete list of symposium speakers, please visit https://holocaust.appstate.edu/teachers/2019-schedule. For more information, call 001.828.262.2311 or email holocaust@appstate.edu.