A Long Day’s Journey into the Dark Past: artists-survivors facing their Holocaust memories

ROSENBERG_PninaProf. Pnina Rosenberg is from the U. of Haifa and works on Jewish culture in France during the Holocaust and Art and the Holocaust.

From late 1945 on, artists-survivors who recorded their Holocaust experiences were motivated both by an urgent need to reveal the Nazi atrocities and to come to terms with their haunted past. This can be seen in paintings and drawings done by artists such as David Olère, Ella Liebermann-Shiber and Max Bueno de Mesquita who sought to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and at the same time to confront their past by re-creating it through their artistic talent. The importance of this testimonial-therapeutic artistic activity was attested by Liebermann-Shiber who wrote: “I felt that each painting not only brought back my terrible past but also eased in a certain way the burden of my thoughts. I felt belief in mankind came back slowly to me, in spite of the horrible and cruel past suffered by my people and myself.” (On the Edge of the Abyss, 1997).

Prof. Pnina Rosenberg bio

This event is made possibly by the generosity of UCONN Global Affairs and is co-sponsored with UCONN Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Life, University of Hartford Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and Voices of Hope.

Program is being held in The Presidents College Classroom inside Mortensen Library, first floor.

Dessert reception

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JFACT Fund Annual Night at the Theater

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JFACT Fund Annual Night at the Theater presents the Hartford premiere of (1)

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Wave of Terror Update

3 July 2016

terror-4monthsWave of terror – 13 Sept 2015 up to today

Below is a review of major terror attacks against Israeli civilians that have occurred since the Jewish New Year (13 September 2015). This is a partial list that does not include most of the daily instances of riots, rock throwing (1660), roadside/pipe bombs (57) and petrol bombs/grenades (374) since October. Four Israelis were killed by rocks thrown at them by Arab terrorists since 2001, including two small children.

Terror by numbers

  • Since 13 September 2015, 40 innocent people have been killed in terrorist attacks (including a Palestinian, two Americans and an Eritrean), and 511 wounded.
  • There have been: 155 stabbing attacks and 76 attempted stabbings; 96 shootings; 45 vehicular (ramming) attacks; and one vehicle (bus) bombing

By the month:

  • In June, there was a slight increase in events: 279 terrorist attacks; 5 people murdered and 32 injured.
  • In May, there were 264 terrorist attacks: 5 stabbings and 2 stabbing attempts, no shootings, 1 ramming attack, 186 stone-throwing attacks, and 38 petrol bombs, and 4 explosive device attacks. There were 28 cases of arson (some of them caused by petrol bombs) – 10.6% of the total attacks.
  • April: 203 terrorist attacks: 7 stabbings or stabbing attempts, 3 shootings, no ramming attacks, 136 stone-throwing attacks, and 37 petrol bombs
  • March: 240 total – 19 stabbings/attempted stabbings, 7 shootings, 3 rammings, 163 stone-throwing attacks, 35 petrol bombs

This is less than in previous months:

  • February: 337 total (28 stabbings/attempted stabbings, 11 shootings, 1 ramming, 8 stone attacks, 56 petrol bombs)
  • January: 396 total (28 stabbings/attempted stabbings, 15 shootings, 3 rammings, 274 stone attacks, 61 petrol bombs
  • Dec. 2015: 400 total (37 stabbings/attempted stabbings, 22 shootings, 14 rammings, 250 stone attacks, 62 petrol bombs
  • Nov. 2015: 272 total (44 stabbings/attempted stabbings, 18 shootings, 13 rammings, 153 stone attacks, 33 petrol bombs
  • Oct. 2015: 141 total (55 stabbings/attempted stabbings, 14 shootings, 8 rammings, 55 stone attacks, 6 petrol bombs

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Across Connecticut, Friends Remember Elie Wiesel’s Spirit, Dedication

From Ashraf Fahim. Hartford Courant (Sunday, July 3, 2016)

downloadElie Wiesel, who survived the Buchenwald concentration camp, became the life-long voice of millions of Holocaust victims, and advocated on behalf of other oppressed people, dies at 87.

Robert Fishman counts a framed letter from Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel winner, among his treasured possessions.

“I would say because of Elie Wiesel part of my work is deeply committed to Holocaust and genocide education,” Fishman, executive director of the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut, said Saturday, reacting to Wiesel’s death at age 87. The letter came in 2008, marking the 30th year Fishman had played a hand in organizing the state’s annual Holocaust commemoration at the state Capitol.

Wiesel was best known for his gripping memoir “Night,” published in the United States in 1960, a first-person account of his time in Nazi concentration camps in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Fishman said some Holocaust survivors were reluctant to tell their stories. Continue reading

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Robert Fishman Remembers Elie Wiesel on Fox 61

Click here to see JFACT’s Executive Director, Bob Fishman, on Fox 61 News share his thoughts about Elie Wiesel.

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JFACT Fund Annual Night at the Theater

for the Annual JFACT summer event (2)

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