11 February 2007

New York: A day of learning scheduled for 4/22

Save Sunday, April 22 for the Jewish Genealogical Society of New York's second program sponsored by the Lucille Gudis Memorial Fund to perpetuate her interests and her generous spirit.

The all-day event - “Family History and the Holocaust: A Day of Learning” - will provide the most up-to-date information on researching Shoah events as they relate to family histories.

For all details, click here, or e-mail dayoflearning@jgsny.org.

Five excellent speakers will provide a wide range of related themes.

Nolan Altman is coordinator of JewishGen’s Holocaust Database. He will be talking about “How to Document and Research Your Family History,” a lecture he has also given to university Holocaust history classes and adult education classes. He is technical coordinator for the JewishGen JOWBR (cemetery burial indexing) project and project coordinator for the Deblin Yizkor book online.

Zvi Bernhardt of Yad Vashem is Hall of Names assistant director and Reference and Information unit deputy director, as well as a development team member for the Central Database of Holocaust Victims’ Names user interface. He is credited with administering the name digitization of Shoah victims from Yizkor books - adding 250,000 names to the database. He is liaison to genealogical organizations, has addressed numerous genealogy workshops and seminars, and has worked closely with JewishGen, conferences and groups in Israel.

Jan Tomasz Gross is Tomlinson Professor of War and Society at Princeton University. Warsaw-born, he has held academic appointments at Haifa University, New York University, the University of Vienna, the University of Paris and Yale and Harvard, among others and held many prestigious fellowships, and awards. His books include Neighbors: Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland, and Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz: An Essay in Historical Interpretation.

Peter Lande was a State Department Foreign Service Officer for many years. For 15 years, he has collected and processed Holocaust victim and survivor lists for the USHMM and JewishGen. He received the 2001 IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award for Holocaust record work.

Robert Moses Shapiro is assistant professor of East European Jewish Studies, Holocaust Studies and Yiddish in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College; a Fellow of the Max Weinreich Center, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research; a Fulbright Fellow and a Yad Ha-Nadiv Fellow at Hebrew University. He has published two edited volumes: Holocaust Chronicles: Individualizing the Holocaust through Diaries and Other Contemporaneous Accounts and Why Didn't the Press Shout? American and International Journalism during the Holocaust. In 2006, his translation of Isaiah Trunk’s classic Lodz Ghetto: A History was published. Currently, he is completing the editing of his translation from Polish of the Warsaw Ghetto Ringelblum Archive's new catalog at the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland; other projects include diary translations from the Lodz ghetto.

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