Conference: 1944: A Moment in the Life of a Community
Posted July 06, 2016by tmackay
Blog Post Intro
The Azrieli Foundation, Concordia University’s Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, and the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre announce a symposium in honour of the publication of the English translation of Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung’s memoir Fun Natsishen Yomertol: Zikhroynes fun a Polit (1944). Published by the Azrieli Foundation as The Vale of Tears, translated by Vivian Felsen, Hirschprung’s memoir is a moving account of his escape from Nazi persecution.
The symposium, entitled “1944: a Moment in the Life of a Community,” will examine three major aspects of the life of the Montreal and, more generally, the North American Jewish community in 1944. Subjects to be examined include Orthodox Judaism, Yiddish culture and the Yiddish press, and the attitude of the North American Jewish community toward refugees from Nazi persecution. The symposium will conclude with the official book launch of The Vale of Tears.
Participants include: Pierre Anctil (University of Ottawa), Franklin Bialystok (University of Toronto), Esther Frank (McGill University), Maxine Jacobson (Independent Scholar), Steven Lapidus (Concordia University), Jack Lipinsky (Author and Educator, Toronto), Rebecca Margolis (University of Ottawa), Richard Menkis (University of British Columbia), Ira Robinson (Concordia University), Kalman Weiser (York University).
Registration and Coffee
9:00 am -9:15am
9:15 am -11:15 am
Session 1: Yiddish Culture and Press
Pierre Anctil (University of Ottawa) “Coming to terms with the tragic events of 1944 from a Montreal perspective”
Rebecca Margolis (University of Ottawa) The Keneder Adler and Yiddish community life in Montreal, 1944.
Esther Frank (McGill University) “Rochl Korn: a Montreal Yiddish Poet in Transition”
Kalman Weiser (York University) "’One of Hitler's Professors:’ Jewish scholars of Yiddish confront Franz Josef Beranek”
11:15am - 11:30am
11:30am - 1:00pm
Session 2 Refugees from Nazi Persecution
Richard Menkis (University of British Columbia) “Encounters Overseas: What Canadian Soldiers learned about the Holocaust in 1944”
Franklin Bialystok (University of Toronto) “Canadian Jewry in 1944: What was known? What was reported? What was done? What Could Have Been Done?”
Jack Lipinsky (Associated Hebrew Schools, Toronto) “The Emerging Outline of a New Era: the ‘Lisbon Refugees’ arrival in Toronto”
1:00pm - 2:00pm
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session 3 Orthodox Judaism
Steven Lapidus (Concordia University) “Memoirs of a Refugee: The Travels and Travails of Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung”
Ira Robinson (Concordia University) “1944: a Year in a Montreal Orthodox Rabbi’s Life”
Maxine Jacobson (Independent Scholar) “Modern Orthodoxy in the 1940s”