News from the Fish Center: April 2021

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ISSUE 2 • April 2021

Note from the Director

As we pause from our busy lives on this Yom HaShoah 2021, we remember our six million brothers and sisters, the kedoshim who were slaughtered – in the gas chambers, killing fields, ghettos, and labor camps – by the German Nazis and their collaborators.

We remember them, together with the millions of other victims of Nazism, whose lives were disrupted and cut short by a regime, ideology, and leader who were solely dedicated to racism, intolerance, and senseless murder of innocent human beings. The uniqueness of the Holocaust should stand as a beacon of warning to us and future generations that hatred in general, and the oldest hatred in particular — anti-semitism — can fester and grow out of control when gone unchecked.

As the number of Holocaust survivors are dwindling and ignorance and denial of the Holocaust is alarmingly on the rise, their recorded testimonies and the few tangible artifacts from that dark time become even more precious.

We are at a critical juncture. Do your part to continue to pass our memories and stories on to future generations so that we will never forget.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shay Pilnik
Director

Upcoming Events

The Modern Face of Anti-Semitism

Join us on Zoom for a riveting panel discussion about the rise in anti-Semitic incidents today and concerns for the future. Panelists include Dr. Shay Pilnik, Director of the Emil A. and Jenny Fish Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at Yeshiva University; Brandon Pinsker, assistant director of ACCESS NY, AJC NY’s young professionals division; and Tali Farhadian Weinstein, prosecutor, professor, criminal justice reformer, and member of the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes.

Jewish Responses to the Holocaust: 1933 – 1945: A Lecture Series

Join us for the premiere of our Spring series. Delivered by some of the world’s leading experts in the field of modern Holocaust and Jewish studies in a variety of disciplines, the series highlights the role played by Jews both as communities and individuals in the struggle to survive the murderous Nazi onslaught and retain their dignity and humanity under the most unimaginable conditions.

Speakers Include:

  • Rabbanit Esther Farbstein, Michlalah-Jerusalem College
  • Dr. Havi Dreifuss, University of Tel Aviv, Yad Vashem
  • Dr. Ori Soltes, Georgetown University
  • Dr. Gershon Greenberg, American University
  • Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, Yeshiva University
  • Dr. Samuel Kassow, Trinity College
  • Dr. David Fishman, Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Joshua Karlip, Yeshiva University
  • Dr. Joshua Zimmerman, Yeshiva University
  • Dr. David Roskies, Jewish Theological Seminary

Lectures will premiere on April 11 & 18 and will be available on YouTube.

  • April 18, 2021, at 3 p.m. ET: Beyond the Lecture, a Zoom discussion with the scholars.

Tapestry Tour with Ted Comet: An Interactive Virtual Experience

The Fish Center, Yeshiva University Museum, and DOROT is hosting a virtual tour to the New York City apartment of Ted Comet, to view five unique tapestries woven by his late wife, Shoshana Comet, Holocaust survivor, psychotherapist and artist. Each tapestry is a testament to the power of the mind to turn trauma into creative and healing energy.

Holocaust Remembrance Around the World: United States of America

Join us as we tour the globe to meet and highlight those who promise to Never Forget, wherever they are in the world. This month features the United States with an interview with Tova Rosenberg, Founder of Names, Not Numbers™. Rosenberg, a world renowned expert on Holocaust education, is a regular speaker and contributor on the topic.

Past Events

Holocaust Remembrance Around the World

Our 2021 series continues monthly and be featuring guests from all over the world – figures whose work shapes and reshapes Holocaust memory and education day by day, placing the past in a current, relevant and local context. Countries we’ve visited include Chile, Rwanda, and the Dominican Republic.

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