Examining the Post-Holocaust Period

The official program guide for the Neuberger Holocaust Education Week 2017 is now available online and in print version. Now in its 37th year, the program is organized by the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto, Canada and runs from November 2-9.

This year’s theme, Pivotal Moments examines the post-Holocaust period, and the specific events that have shaped our understanding of the Holocaust. These events stand out as moments of such magnitude that they have dramatically altered the way in which we conceptualise, depict, and even talk about the Holocaust. The program features internationally known experts Professor Jeffrey Shandler, a scholar of modern Jewish culture at Rutgers University, as Scholar-in-Residence, and Dr. Kori Street, Senior Director of Programs with the USC Shoah Foundation, as the Educator-in-Residence.

This year, program highlights include a featured film series, as well as lectures from international experts including Dr. Roman Töppel of the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich who will discuss the publication of the Critical Edition of Mein Kampf. An array of Canadian experts including Professors Jan Grabowski, Sara Horowitz and Rebecca Wittmann will present on topics such as justice, episodes of Holocaust denial in Canada, reclamation and restitution of Nazi looted art, the significance of Holocaust literature, as well as survivor speaker engagements. Attendance exceeds 35,000 members of the general public annually.

The Neuberger is proud to welcome Niklas Frank, son of the notorious Governor General of Nazi-occupied Poland, Hans Frank (1900–1946), reveals his thoughts on his father’s guilt and responsibility in the Holocaust, as opening night speaker. In conversation with broadcast journalist Caryn Lieberman, Niklas Frank explores the pivotal moments in coming to terms with a familial past that is intertwined with the crimes of National Socialism.

Closing Night marks the 79th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom and the conclusion of Holocaust Education Week 2017. After a commemorative program and candle lighting ceremony, Dr. Danielle Spera, Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna will address the audience. She will discuss the unique role the Museum plays in the Jewish life of the city and how the formation of the institution serves as a pivotal moment helping rediscover, and make accessible a rich history of grave importance to civil society in Austria.

The complete program guide can be downloaded in PDF format here.