Holocaust Education Week
November 2-9, 2015
LIBERATION: AFTERMATH & REBIRTH
Exploring the theme of Liberation: Aftermath & Rebirth, the 35th annual Holocaust Education Week will run from November 2-9, culminating in a commemoration of the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass (November 9-10, 1938). HEW 2015 will contribute to our collective understanding of the Holocaust by exploring the theme via new scholarship, engaging in cultural and literary analysis, and providing an inquiry-based learning medium for new generations to hear firsthand accounts from those who survived the Holocaust.
ABOUT THE THEME
On May 8, 1945, Victory in Europe was declared. Through the theme of Liberation: Aftermath & Rebirth, the 35th annual Neuberger Holocaust Education Week marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
As survivors were liberated from ghettoes, camps and death marches, and emerged from hiding, forests and exile, complex emotions and circumstances arose that characterized the immediate postwar period: coming to terms with loss, rebuilding life, creating new families, seeking justice, and in some cases, encountering continued persecution. The initial jubilation of liberation was, in many cases, followed by fear and even violence as Jews who survived discovered it was not safe for them to return to their homes, or had no homes to return to. In the aftermath of liberation, the world was seared with the realization that two thirds of European Jewry was murdered in the Holocaust.
The end of the Second World War challenged societal values and institutions as the world grappled with the humanitarian crisis of Jewish refugees living in DP camps, the last of which closed in 1957. Survivors faced physical and psychological ramifications of trauma, but many managed to create vibrant Jewish lives in countries around the world that drew upon a rich educational, religious and cultural heritage, honouring what had been destroyed.
Today one of the most comprehensive Holocaust education programs in the world, Neuberger HEW continues to build upon what its founders created 35 years ago. We invite you to attend as many programs as possible, become active participants in exploring the theme of liberation, and reflect upon the lingering consequences of the Holocaust.