To mark Holocaust Memorial Day and the 2019 theme ‘Torn from Home’, Dr Boaz Cohen will discuss testimonies from child survivors of the Holocaust. In the aftermath of the Second World War, adults - mainly survivors - collected thousands of testimonies from young Holocaust survivors. In those testimonies, the children described their unique experiences of the Holocaust. In this lecture, Dr Boaz Cohen will examine the special interest in children's experiences and the way their testimonies were collected. Cohen will also show and discuss examples of these testimonies.
Rabbi Aaron Goldstein (Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue) will reflect on this year's Holocaust Memorial Day theme 'Torn From Home' in the presence of the Deputy Mayor of Camden, Cllr Maryam Eslamdoust, with a reading by a Camden Youth Council member.
A Thousand Kisses: Stories of the Kindertransport travelling exhibition, developed as part of the Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary project, will also be on display from 10am-5pm. A Thousand Kisses reflects upon the story of the Kindertransport, focussing on the experiences of eight children and the homes they left behind. Click here to register for your free tickets.
About the Speakers
Dr Boaz Cohen, a historian, is head of the Holocaust Studies program of the Western Galilee College in Akko and a lecturer at the Shaanan College in Haifa, Israel. He is an affiliated research fellow at the Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the UCL Institute for Advanced Studies. His work focuses on the development of Holocaust memory and historiography in their social and cultural context and on post-Holocaust society. Cohen has written extensively on work with child survivors of the Holocaust. He focuses on their early testimonies and on rehabilitation work done with the children after the war. This relates to his personal involvement in formal and informal education and in fostering children.
Rabbi Aaron Goldstein became Senior Rabbi of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue in the summer of 2008. He passionately supports Liberal Judaism’s inclusion policies and is an active participant in refugee and asylum issues. Before his role at NPLS, Aaron was Head of Community Development for Liberal Judaism from 2002 following his ordination from Leo Baeck College. He is Chair of The Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors and, in that role, serves on the Board of National Officers for Liberal Judaism.
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