GENERATION TO GENERATION

TOPICS FOR DESCENDANTS OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS


*A Second Generation Descendant (or "2G") is an individual with one or more parent(s) that endured and survived the atrocities of the Holocaust.

*A Third Generation Descendant (or "3G") is an individual with one or more grandparent(s) that endured and survived the atrocities of the Holocaust.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW & DISCUSSION

Elisha Wiesel, interviewed by Lisa LaFlamme

Elisha Wiesel is the only child of Holocaust survivor, professor, author, and Nobel Laureate, Elie WieselIn this program, Elisha will reflect on the legacy passed onto him by his father, who is often referred to as "the witness for the 6-million murdered Jews." A successful American businessman, Elisha has organized fundraisers for Good Shepherd Services, an after-school program charity in Brooklyn, since 2013; participated in the March of the Living; spoken at many relevant venues including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Museum of Jewish Heritage; and spoken out against various global human rights violations. 

 

Lisa LaFlamme is the Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor of "CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme." She has interviewed Bill Gates, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Prince Harry, and more. Lisa has covered every Canadian Federal election since 1997, every Olympics since 2008, and both recent Royal Weddings at Buckingham Palace. In addition to multiple awards for broadcasting and journalism, Lisa has received an honorary doctorate (University of Ottawa), and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree (Wilfrid Laurier University & University of Windsor). She is the recipient of the Order of Ontario, was awarded the Distinguished Canadian Award from the University of Ottawa, and was named Officer of the Order of Canada (O.C.). Lisa mentors young journalists living in conflict zones as a volunteer for Journalists for Human Rights, travels to remote areas to promote child rights and end poverty as an ambassador of PLAN International, and advances educational opportunities for Afghan women with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. 

“My father never forgot. The things he saw stayed with him all the days of his life. He lived to speak of them to me, and to my children. My father was a witness.” - Elisha Wiesel

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HOW A SURVIVOR REMEMBERS

A Survivor and his Granddaughter on Passing the Torch

Hermann Gruenwald’s life as a Holocaust Survivor is an incredible story of triumph over adversity. Hermann was born in Hungary in 1925, and he and his family were sent to Auschwitz in 1944. Miraculously, Hermann survived, and later became a successful businessman in Canada. In this program, Hermann will discuss the harsh reality of life in concentration camps, the extraordinary story of his survival, and the lessons he learned during this terrible time in history.

Hermann's granddaughter will join him as co-presenter to discuss their trip to Auschwitz together in 2003, and describe what she has learned from her grandfather's story. She will emphasize the importance of Holocaust education (of "passing the torch" to the next generation) in ensuring that, as Holocaust Survivors age, young people will know and understand the full impact of the Holocaust and continue telling Survivors’ stories.

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TRAUMA AND TRIUMPH IN SURVIVOR FAMILIES

Reflections on Resilience and Responsibility

Dr. Robert Krell, MD, was born in Holland and survived the Holocaust in hiding. The Krell family moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1951. Robert obtained an MD from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and became a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Child Psychiatry. From the Survivor community in Vancouver, Robert learned about coping and resilience, and thus dedicated himself to Holocaust Remembrance and Education. With colleagues and friends, Robert founded the Holocaust Symposium for high school students in 1976 and the Audio-Visual Testimony Project in 1978; built a Holocaust Memorial which was unveiled in 1987; and opened the Vancouver Holocaust Education Center in 1974. He describes these initiatives as “healing” for the community of survivors (and succeeding generations who have inherited both trauma and inspiration from their parents).

 

This program will probe various aspects of trauma experienced by Holocaust survivors, including Robert's as a Dutch Jewish child in hiding. As a Dutchman who became a Canadian, Robert will also highlight the special bond that exists between Canada and the Netherlands due to Canada’s dominant role in liberation.

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HOW TO TELL YOUR PARENTS’ STORIES

A panel on different approaches 2Gs use to effectively and accurately continue sharing the testimonies of their survivor parents

Dori Ekstein is a Holocaust Educator and daughter of Holocaust Survivors. She has been a Museum Educator at the Neuberger Holocaust Centre since 2011, where she gives tours and teaches students about the Holocaust. In 2010, she joined the Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants Committee (CJHSD), and became Vice President in 2017. Dori was a founding member of Neuberger’s Dialogue for Descendants Committee and Neuberger’s Survivor Connexion Committee (which plans social activities and aids the well-being of Toronto’s Holocaust Survivor speakers). In 2015, Dori became the Vice President of the Committee for Needy Survivors at Jewish Family and Child Services. In 2018, Dori created her own Holocaust Education program, which pays tribute to her father’s story and memory.

 

Michelle Glied-Goldstein is the President/CEO of Summerhill Real Estate Group. Michelle founded the organization Carrying Testimony from Generation to Generation in 2017, with her father, Holocaust Survivor Bill Glied z”l, which integrates firsthand personal Holocaust testimony into Holocaust education. The project was envisioned by Bill z”l, who had been concerned about the future of Holocaust education, and designed to enable children and grandchildren of Survivors to share Survivor testimony into the future. 

Deborah Levison is the child of Holocaust survivors and an award-winning author, journalist, and publicist. Her debut book, "THE CRATE: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice," received seven literary awards. She has been published in regional, national, and international press and received an Award of Excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists, as well as the A. O. Samuels Young Leadership Award. Since "THE CRATE" released in 2018, Deborah has presented her parents’ Holocaust stories to over 90 audiences throughout North America.

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THE 3G'S: HOW HAS THE HOLOCAUST IMPACTED THE GRANDCHILDREN OF SURVIVORS?

Irit Felsen, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma and traumatic loss, with a special focus on Holocaust survivors and their families. Dr. Felsen received her Ph.D from the University of Hamburg, Germany and completed her post-doctoral training at Yale University. She is an Adjunct Professor at Yeshiva University in NY, and is in private practice in Mountain Lakes, NJ, and in Englewood, NJ. She also serves on a national emergency response team for the delivery of services following critical incidents. Dr. Felsen is a researcher with the Yale University Trauma Study Group, and her research on the effects of trauma and intergenerational transmission of trauma was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, the Journal of Psychotherapy Research, the Journal of Psychoanalysis, Self and Context, the journal of Psychoanalytic Psychology, and in book chapters in the “International Handbook of Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma” and the recently published book “Psychoanalysis and Holocaust Testimonies: Unwanted Memories”. Dr. Felsen served as the Clinical Coordinator of services for Holocaust survivors at the Jewish Family Services of Metrowest in NJ and as a NJ State Emergency Psychiatric Services Screener. She is the daughter of Holocaust survivor parents.

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THE INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION OF RESILIENCE IN CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN OF SURVIVORS

Dr. Yonit Hoffman is the Director of Holocaust Community Services (HCS) at CJE SeniorLife in Chicago, IL.  Dr. Hoffman has conducted numerous national and community education and trainings for professionals, lay leaders, and caregivers on person-centered, trauma-informed care and the special needs of aging Holocaust survivors.  Dr. Hoffman received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and her prior clinical work centered on trauma, loss and under-served populations. Most recently, her clinical research included studies on resilience and identity in Holocaust survivors and their descendants, which she has presented and published both nationally and internationally. Dr. Hoffman is a second and third generation descendant of Holocaust survivors and victims.

This presentation will outline previous and current research on the vulnerabilities and strengths of 2Gs & 3Gs, and how they understand “resilience” and “intergenerational transmission.” Excerpts will be shared from collected testimonies and descendant interviews, which reveal resilience woven through the narratives, and transmitted across generations through shared stories. The presentation will be followed with an interactive exercise for attendees, who will consider these resilient identify facets in their own lives, and explore how these facets may have been inherited intergenerationally (and may continue being transmitted to future generations). 

This program will highlight the individuals who survived the Holocaust, and explore specific skills or strengths that they may have possessed/utilized in order to survive, and subsequently cope with their trauma. Yonit will dissertate if and how these strengths have been passed on to future generations (and how understanding these dynamics is a tool for ongoing personal and professional growth).

I WAS A CHILD OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

Bernice Eisenstein is a Toronto-based artist and author. Her award-winning graphic memoir "I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors" has been translated into 10 languages, and was adapted into a National Film Board animated short (which was voted among Canada's Top Ten Short films of 2010 by the Toronto International Film Festival). Eisenstein was the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre's Artist-in-Residence for Holocaust Education Week in 2014, and presented an exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2015. Bernice's artwork has since appeared in various exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Bernice will introduce the animated short "I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors" and discuss the responsibility of memory and the experience of being a child of Holocaust survivors (and how this informs sensibility onto and into the world). This program illustrates the "inheritance of memory, with our own understanding, as 2Gs, too, are aging and experiencing the passing of the survivors. This awareness carries a bittersweet irony, binding the second generation together."

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CREATING AND PROGRAMMING FOR A SUCCESSFUL SECOND-GENERATION GROUP

Ida Margolis is the Chair of GenShoah Southwest Florida and a child of Auschwitz Survivors. She is also an educator, author, lecturer, and activist for social justice and human rights. Hundreds of people subscribe to her "GenShoah" newsletter, and attend programs offered by GenShoah SouthWest Florida that promote Holocaust education and human rights. Ida has chaired successful fundraisers, been honored by Hadassah for community service, and is a member of numerous organizations including the Naples Press Club and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

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HOW TO SPEAK TO YOUR CHILDREN (AND GRANDCHILDREN) ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST

Leora Schaefer is the Director of the Canadian Facing History and Ourselves program. Facing History is an educational not-for-profit organization that engages students of diverse backgrounds in examinations of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism. Leora works with public and Catholic school boards across Ontario, and Jewish day schools in the Greater Toronto Area. Leora also oversees and facilitates professional development for Canadian educators on best practices and pedagogy. 

Understanding how and when to address sensitive issues with your child can be a challenge. This session will provide an opportunity to hear from experts in Holocaust education about age-appropriate ways to talk with young people about the Holocaust. Leora will share methods of assessing when a child is prepared to discuss the Holocaust (and its related themes of discrimination, hate, racism, and genocide), and provide frameworks for inspiring young people to stand up to hatred and bigotry. This program will also provide recommendations for books to support conversations about the Holocaust with children.

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DARK LULLABIES

A film about a generation possessed by a history in which it played no part

Irene Lilienheim Angelico is a documentarian, and winner of many international awards, and child of a Holocaust Survivor.. Her film, "Dark Lullabies," was included in The Fifty Greatest Documentaries of All Time and screened worldwide (including the innaugural film at the Stratford Forum, the Berlin Arsenal, and the Human Rights Festival in Vilnius). "Dark Lullabies" has drawn large audiences and critical acclaim throughout the world, and has achieved six top international film prizes (including First Prize at the International Film Festival in Mannheim, and First Prize for The Most Memorable Film at The World Television Festival in Tokyo).

In this documentary, which was also featured at the original Gathering for the 40th anniversary of Liberation in 1985, Irene Lilienheim Angelico embarks on a quest to understand her parents’ experiences, and brilliantly explores the impact of the Holocaust on a generation of Jews and Germans born after the war. Years later, many children of Survivors feel deeply affected by their parents’ ordeals, just as their German contemporaries live with a burden of guilt (or denial) about the crimes of their parents’ generation.

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THE INTERGENERATIONAL SEARCH FOR MEANING

Dr. Eva Fogelman, PhD, is a pioneer in the field of group therapy for multi-generational Holocaust survivors. She is a psychologist in private practice in New York City who specializes in treating generations of the Holocaust and related historical traumas. Eva's subjects of research include post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological impacts of the Holocaust on Survivors (including Child Survivors) and second & third generation descendants of Survivors. Eva's research has also focused on morality, altruism, persecution, and coping with extreme conditions of terror including sexual abuse, and she specializes is assisting couples and families in complicated relationships. Eva is currently working on a book titled "Living with Ghosts: Post-Holocaust Generations Mourn."

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SHARING SESSIONS

Intimate group discussions excfor second-generation descendants (children of Holocaust Survivors)

Facilitators include:

 

Dr. Charley Silow, child of Holocaust Survivors, and founding director of the Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families (of Jewish Senior Life) for which he has been honored with the Americanism Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families is designed to address the unique needs of aging Survivors using traditional and innovative programming. Each interaction is designed to create a safe space where survivors can relax, share fears and anxieties, provide encouragement to one another, and when requested, receive counseling by a highly skilled psychotherapist.

Shoshana Yaakobi, MSW, RSW, is the Holocaust Resource Program Coordinator at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto, Ontario. Shoshana is a social worker who has worked at Baycrest since 1990 in the Community Day Centre and the in-patient Behavioural Neurology hospital unit. Since the beginning of 2009, as the Holocaust Resource Program Coordinator, she has been working with aging Holocaust Survivors and their families, providing individual and family counselling, facilitating support groups and developing programs for Survivors. Shoshana is also involved in developing and providing educational programs for care providers who work with Survivors, and facilitates a support group at the Baycrest Wagman Centre for Adult Children of Holocaust Survivors.

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3G DINE-AROUND PROGRAM

Separate Opt-In for Community Dine-Around Required. This program occurs on the evening of Monday, June 1st at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For 3rd Generation Descendants (Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors) and others interested in 3G experiences.

Rachael Cerrotti is a 3rd generation descendant, an award-winning multidisciplinary storyteller and educator. Her work explores the intergenerational impact of migration and memory. Rachael has been published and featured by NPR, PRI’s The World, Kind World, WBUR, WGBH, The Boston Globe, Images & Voices of Hope, The Times of Israel and various other publications throughout Israel, Europe and the United States. In 2017, Rachael was the subject of an award-winning multimedia series produced by WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, titled Beyond Sides of HistoryIn 2019, she released her first podcast — We Share The Same Sky — which was produced for USC Shoah Foundation and tells the story of her decade-long journey to retrace her grandmother’s war story. In addition, she presents this project in classrooms and communities worldwide. Her forthcoming memoir will be published in Fall of 2021. After the sudden loss of her young husband in 2016, Rachael began Welcome to Widowhood, an ongoing portrait series that tells the stories of women under 40 who have lost their partners. She holds a degree in Communications from Temple University and is an alumni of The Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Rachael has completed educator's seminars with Yad Vashem and Facing History & Ourselves, and has worked in over a dozen countries.

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Shai DeLuca-Tamasi (moderator) is a 3rd generation descendant, an interior designer and media personality in Toronto. Since 2011, he’s been appearing on CityTV’s morning show, Cityline. Born and raised in Toronto, Shai moved to Israel after high school and served in the Israel Defence Forces. He’s an outspoken advocate for Israel and has partnered with the organization CAMERA on Campus, a non-profit whose mandate is to help students disseminate accurate information about Israel on campuses around the world. Shai spoke at a "CAMERA on Campus" event held in Ottawa called "Pints for Peace," co-hosted by the Israel Awareness Committee (a student initiative at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa), where he shared his story of being openly gay in the military, and spoke about accuracy in international reporting.

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