The International School for Holocaust Studies
e-Newsletter for Holocaust Educators
Welcome to the 12th issue of Teaching the Legacy. The focus of this issue is “Women in the Holocaust,” featuring an article on this theme, an interview with the survivor Hedi Solzbach, and a critique of Charlotte Salomon’s major work of art “Life? Or Theatre?”. Also included are our regular updates on activities at the International School and within Yad Vashem, new Yad Vashem publications and recommended books. We hope you find this newsletter of interest and look forward to your feedback.
"What My Children Knew About the Holocaust, They Knew from Me"
This interview focuses on the wartime story of Hedi Solzbach. Beyond the touching human story, several issues arise which are intrinsically linked to the female experience in the Holocaust. Thus, for instance, we learn about the day-to-day conversations in the women’s block at Birkenau, the humiliation of nakedness and fear of bodily harm, use of margarine as an anti-wrinkle cream, “support groups” amongst the female prisoners, care for others as a strengthening or consoling experience, and more. Read more
"Life? Or Theatre?" – The German-Jewish Artist Charlotte Salomon
Born in a cultured German-Jewish environment to a troubled family with a history of suicides, Charlotte Salomon escaped to France in 1938, following the Kristallnacht pogrom. While there, Salomon created a series of semi-autobiographical gouache paintings combined with texts and poems, collectively called “Life? Or Theatre?” Read more
What’s New at Yad Vashem?
- Central Theme for Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day 2008: Holocaust Survivors in Israel – 60 Years since the Establishment of the State
- New Exhibition: My Homeland – Holocaust Survivors in Israel
- First-Ever International Youth Congress at Yad Vashem
- Global Cooperation on Holocaust Education
- Yad Vashem’s Photographic Collection Now Online
- January 27th – International Holocaust Remembrance Day Marked Worldwide
- The Virtual Avenue of the Righteous
- International Conference: The Jews of North Africa during the Second World War
New publications from Yad Vashem and the International School for Holocaust Studies. Read more
Why Study the Issue of Women during the Holocaust?
In this article, Naama Shik covers the central trends in gender-oriented historiography of the Holocaust. Initially criticized for ostensibly creating a retroactive, artificial distinction, a core of major scholars has since brought gender-based study of the Holocaust a large degree of acceptance, filling important gaps in our understanding of the experience of the time. Read more
What’s New at the International School for Holocaust Studies?
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Editorial Board: Richelle Budd-Caplan, Shulamit Imber, Prof. Dan Michman, Dorit Novak, Dana Porath, Naama Shik
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