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The Holocaust as an Interdisciplinary Tapestry

Thursday, November 16, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST

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Join CWB for our Final Event in our 8 Part Series exploring the multifaceted discipline of Holocaust Studies through unique and previously unexplored lenses


Classrooms Without Borders, in coordination with Tali Nates, Founder and Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, Madene Shachar, Director, “Talking Memory” online lecture series & International Educational Programs the Ghetto Fighters’ House, Esther Toporek Finder, member of the GSI Coordinating Council, Generations of the Shoah and in partnership with Liberation75 is pleased to embark on this new innovative series “The Holocaust as an Interdisciplinary Tapestry”.

The 8 part series will engage with scholars and experts who grapple with themes related to Holocaust studies. The series will explore the multifaceted discipline of Holocaust Studies through different lenses. The series will include scholars whose research and publications shed new light in this field of study that continues to grow and develop. Our experts will challenge us to understand the causes, impacts, and legacies of the Holocaust.

November’s Event will feature:

Memory Studies: Museums and Memorials with Mirjam Zadoff 

Mirjam Zadoff is Director of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism, and lecturer at the University of Munich. Previously she held the Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair for Jewish Studies and History at Indiana University Bloomington. She was visiting faculty at ETH Zurich, UC Berkeley, HU Berlin and Augsburg University. She is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and the University Council at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. She has co-curated, among others, the following exhibitions: Materializing: Contemporary Polish Art and the Shoa; “More important than life”: The Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto; TO BE SEEN. Queer Lives 1900-1950; Tell me about yesterday tomorrow.

Among her recent publications are: Gewalt und Gedächtnis. Globale Erinnerung im 21. Jahrhundert (forthcoming); Four Years After. Ethnonationalism, Antisemitism, and Racism in Trump’s America (2020, edited together with Noam Zadoff and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum); Tell me about yesterday tomorrow (2020, edited together with Nicolaus Schafhausen); Werner Scholem. A German Life (2018).

Tali Nates is the founder and director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC) and Chair of the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation (SAHGF). She is a historian who lectures internationally on Holocaust and genocide education, memory, reconciliation, and human rights. Born to a family of Holocaust survivors, her father and uncle were saved by Oskar Schindler. Tali has been involved in the creation and production of dozens of documentary films, published many articles and contributed chapters to different books among them God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors (2015), Remembering The Holocaust in Educational Settings (2018), Conceptualizing Mass Violence, Representations, Recollections, and Reinterpretations (2021) and The Routledge Handbook of Memory Activism (2023).

In 2021 she was part of the 12-member Expert Group of the Malmö Forum, serving in an advisory capacity to the Secretariat of the Malmö Forum on their programme on Holocaust remembrance, education and actions to combat antisemitism. Tali serves on many Advisory and Academic Boards including that of the Contested Histories Initiative, the Interdisciplinary Academic Journal of Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center and the Academic Advisory Group of the School of Social and Health Sciences, Monash University (IIEMSA), South Africa.

In 2010, Tali was chosen as one of the top 100 newsworthy and noteworthy women in

South Africa by the Mail & Guardian newspaper and won many awards including the Kia Community Service Award (South Africa, 2015), the Gratias Agit Award (2020, Czech Republic), the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Award (2021) and the Goethe Medal (2022, Germany).

Thank you to our Partners:


Past Events in this Series:

  • February 23 2023 Psychiatry and the Holocaust
  • March 23 2023  Ethics and Law
  • April 27 2023 Education
  • May 18 2023 Film
  • June 15 2023 German Professionals and the Holocaust
  • Sept 21 Jewish studies
  • October 26 Gendering the Holocaust


Thursday, November 16, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
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