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BH hosts Anti-Semitism conference on Holocaust Day


Haim Ghiuzeli (Photo: Yaakov Brill)BH hosts Anti-Semitism conference for Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Bnai Zion Auditorium was full to capacity for a conference exploring the role of anti-Semitism and Holocaust in Jewish identity at Beit Hatfutsot. The conference, held on April 19, for Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah), and conducted in collaboration with Tel Aviv University’s Lester and Sally Antin Faculty of Humanities, The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, and the Alfred P. Slaner Center for Research on Anti-Semitism and Racism, offered a diverse and distinguished array of speakers examining the issue of contemporary anti-Semitism from a variety of fascinating perspectives.    

Haim Ghiuzeli, Director of Beit Hatfutsot Databases and Collections, discussed the importance of family name research in preserving the memory of Jewish communities of the Black Forest. (Click here and watch the lecture, in Hebrew).


“Seventy years after the last few Jews of the tiny Jewish community of Kippenheim in the Black Forest region of Germany were deported to their death by the Nazis, the memory of more than a couple of centuries of Jewish life in that place is alive with a handful of survivors and their descendants scattered all over the world,” Mr. Ghiuzeli told the crowd. ”Researching the individual fate of the twenty five families that once lived in Kippenheim, and the efforts deployed in preserving their heritage, including at Beit Hatfutsot, allows for the reconstruction of a detailed image of the Jewish life and that place and its tragic conclusion.”      

Haim Feirberg of the Kantor Center examined the changing role of the Internet in preserving the memory of European Jewry while Eli HaCohen of the Orange Institute for Internet Research looked at the use of the Internet in spreading anti-Semitism. Liora Handelman-Bavor of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies discussed Iranian anti-Semitism and Michael Tusbainan of the Kantor Center talked about Scandinavian anti-Semitism. Other speakers included Rivka Aderet of Beit Hatfutsot, Dina Porat of the Kantor Center, and Gidon Greif of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at Texas University.