Conference: New Scholars/New Research on the Holocaust

Canada holds the chair of the International Holocaust Research Alliance (formerly the International Task Force on Holocaust Remembrance) for 2013. As part of the annual meeting, which will take place in Toronto, there will be an academic conference, "New Scholars/New Research on the Holocaust," which will take place on October 67 at the University of Toronto. It is being organized by the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies, the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, and the Government of Canada. From over 250 people from all over the world who responded to our call for papers, the advising committee selected 24 speakers (from North America, Europe, Israel, Australia and Argentina), who will showcase and consider new Holocaust-related research in the field. The conference papers will explore new sources, methodologies and approaches to key themes such as reportage, militaries, subject nationalities, cooperation and collaboration, and postwar issues. The themes will include gender; economic and religious and cultural aspects of the Holocaust; local studies that impact wider interpretations; and contributions of media and literature to an understanding of the Holocaust; and many other innovative and interdisciplinary topics. We are assembling researchers who have studied, thought and written about the Holocaust from many different vantage points, in order to engage with one another across disciplinary and national borders.

Conference Program:

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue


Film presentation: Numbered, directed by Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai (Israel, 2012; in Hebrew with English subtitles, 55 minutes)

    The blue-inked tattoos given to Auschwitz prisoners stripped them of their identities and reduced them to numbers. In this moving documentary, it is precisely these numbers that confer a unique individuality on each of the survivors interviewed. Using evocative photography, the filmmakers of Numbered create an emotional portrait of memory and history.

Introduction: Mira Goldfarb, Executive Director of the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

Moderator: Michael R. Marrus, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies

Discussion Panel:

Dr. Vivian Rakoff, Psychiatrist who has worked extensively with Holocaust survivors

Na'ama Shik, Director of the Internet Department at the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem

Carson Phillips, Assistant Director, Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto


Monday, October 7, 2013

William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Street

The conference will be based on pre-circulated papers which are available through our repository. If you require access to the conference papers, please contact Michal Kasprzak at



Book Exhibit

Featuring the Work of Conference Participants and Holocaust Scholars




Moderator: Amanda Grzyb, University of Western Ontario

Discussant: Jeffrey Kopstein, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto

Norman Domeier, University of Stuttgart

    “What did the Global Public know? Foreign Correspondents in the Third Reich, 1933–1945”

Ksenia Kovrigina, University Paris 8

   “Testimonial Urge: Holocaust Immediate Texts – Testimonies by Non-Writers in Soviet Territories”

Noah Shenker, Monash University

   “Through the Lens of the Holocaust: Traces of the Shoah in Testimonies of the Cambodian Genocide”

Stephanie Benzaquen, Erasmus University Rotterdam

   “Hashtag Holocaust: Social Networks, Production of Images, and the Cultural Memory of the Holocaust”



A European Project

Moderator: Alain Goldschlager, University of Western Ontario

Discussant: John-Paul Himka, University of Alberta

Diana Dumitru, Ion Creanga State University of Moldova

   “Peasants’ Perceptions of Jewish Life in Interwar Bessarabia and How this Became Interwoven into the Holocaust”

Yuri Radchenko, Kharkiv National University V.N. Karazin

   “The Ukrainische Hilfspolizei and the Holocaust in Military Administered Zone in Ukraine, 1941-1943”

Peter Staudenmeier, Marquette University

   “Preparation for Genocide: The Center for the Study of the Jewish Problem in Trieste, Italy, 1941–1944”

Danijel Matijevic and Jan Kwiatkowski, McGill University

   “Remembering Krzesiny, Forgetting Kreising: A Small Polish Village amidst History, Memory, and Competitive Martyrology”




Moderator: Irving Abella, York University

Discussant: Anna Shternshis, University of Toronto

Michael Geheran, Clark University

   “‘The Paradise of Theresienstadt’: Jewish Frontkämpfer and the Final Solution”

Albert Kaganovitch, University of Manitoba

   “How ‘Other’ Became ‘Same’: The Survival of Soviet Non-Ashkenazi Jews in Nazi Prisoner-of-War Camps”

Vojin Majstorovic, University of Toronto

   “Interpreting Genocide: Soviet Officers and the Holocaust in Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Hungary”

David Wildermuth, Shippensburg State University

   “‘And from that moment, the Shoah began for us’: What Survivor Testimony Can Tell Us About the Wehrmacht and its Victims”


1:15PM-2:00PM Lunch



 Ways of Looking/Visual Tropes

 Moderator: Sara Horowitz, York University

 Discussant: Dorota Glowacka, University of King’s College

Tanja Kinzel, Free University of Berlin

   “Photographic Portraits Taken in Litzmannstadt/Lodz: The Different Perspectives of Two Jewish Photographers”

Daniel Rosenthal, University of Toronto

   “Virtual Representations of Jewish Life and Death: Digital Media and the Vicissitudes of Polish-Jewish History”

Birga U. Meyer, University of British Columbia

   “The Universal Victim: Representing Jews in European Holocaust Museums”

Guido Vitiello, University of Rome

   “Retrospective Voyeurism: The ‘Peephole Motif’ in Contemporary Holocaust Cinema”



Forms of Cooperation and Collaboration

 Moderator: Robert Jan van Pelt, University of Waterloo

 Discussant: Jan Grabowski, University of Ottawa

Andrea Löw, Center for Holocaust-Studies at the Institute of Contemporary History Munich

   “Jewish Communities and Councils in Europe during World War II”

Mikhail Tyaglyy, Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine)

   “The Attitudes of the Local Population in Ukraine toward the Persecution of the Gypsies/Roma, 1941–1944”

Raymund Schütz, VU University Amsterdam

   “Dutch Civil Law Notaries and the anti-Jewish Measures 1940–1945”

Łukasz Krzyżanowski, University of Warsaw

   “Difficult Way Home: Returning Holocaust Survivors and Recuperation of Private Property in Poland (Kalisz and Radom, 1945–1948)”



Postwar Issues

Moderator: Jennifer Evans, Carleton University

Discussant: Doris Bergen, University of Toronto

Na’ama Shik, Yad Vashem

   “Slovakian Jewish Women at Auschwitz Camp: Reflections on a Historical Event, Trauma and Gender”

Malena Chinski, General Sarmiento National University and Institute for Economic and Social Development

   “Arrival and Integration of Jewish Survivors in post-World War II Buenos Aires”

Nadine Blumer, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, D.C.)

   “Networking Memory: Berlin’s Sinti and Roma, Jewish, and Homosexual Memorials in Comparative Perspective”

Robert A. Ventresca, King's University College at Western University

   “The Myth of the Pope’s Jews: Contours and Limits of Papal Relief and Rescue during the Holocaust and Beyond”


Date & Time
Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 7:00pm - Monday, October 7, 2013 - 6:45pm

See Program