JTS Students Who Shattered Holocaust Silence to Be Honored at Conference

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
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September 11, 2008, New York, NY

The first-ever public discussion about a group of 1940s students at The Jewish Theological Seminary who helped to alert American Jews and Christians about the Holocaust will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 21.

The session, “Students Against the Holocaust,” is part of “They Spoke Out: American Voices for Rescue from the Holocaust,” the sixth national conference of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. The conference will take place from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at Fordham University School of Law, 140 West 62nd Street (near Ninth Avenue), New York.

Featured speakers will include the sons of the student activists of the 1940s: Rabbi [Professor] David Golinkin, president, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies; Rabbi Jonathan Lipnick, rabbi in residence, William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary; Cantor Abe Golinkin, who will recite an original prayer composed by the 1940s students; and Rabbi Dr. Haskel Lookstein, who will reveal a previously unknown episode concerning the involvement of his father, Rabbi Joseph Lookstein, in the protests that the students initiated. Dr. David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will comment on intra-Jewish cooperation in the 1940s protests. Dr. David Roskies, a renowned cultural historian of eastern European Jewry and Sol and Evelyn Henkind Chair in Yiddish Literature and Culture at JTS, will chair the program.

Other sessions will focus on a Treasury Department whistle-blower who exposed the State Department’s sabotage of opportunities to rescue Jews and A Flag Is Born, Ben Hecht’s controversial 1946 play about Holocaust survivors and the fight to create Israel.

The cost of the conference is $25 ($15 for students), and includes a kosher box lunch. Registration is available by calling (202) 434-8994 or visiting www.wymaninstitute.org.