Excellent lecture series from The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre #holocaust

Ellen Caplan

The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre at The University of Huddersfield, UK is a hidden gem. I don’t remember where I heard of them - perhaps in this very discussion list. They have an excellent series of free, online lectures that I have been attending. The subjects are interesting, and the speakers have been first-rate. I couldn’t help but notice that attendance is low - in each of the Zoom lectures that I listened to, there were not more than 25 attendees, which is really a shame. 

Recent topics included Creating the National Institute of Holocaust Documentation at the USHMM (United Stated Holocaust Memorial Museum); and Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution. Lectures yet to come include Jewish Refugees Find a Haven in the Dominican Republic; Sources of the Holocaust and from Concentration Camps: Documents and Personal Items from the Arolsen Archives; Shores of Light, Salento 1945,1947: Film Streaming and Director Talk.
I highly recommend these lectures.

Ellen Caplan
Ottawa, Canada
Researching: EISENBERG, NAGLER, GINIGER, KLINGER: Mielnica, Ustye Biscupie, & Zalescie, Galicia; BREGER, LIEBMAN: Gomel & area, Belarus; PARADISGARTEN,  SOLOMON: Tukums & Mitau, Latvia

Michael Sharp

I was the source of the original posting as I volunteer at the Centre. It is the first Holocaust educational institution / memorial in the north of England and is the only one based on a university campus. It focuses on telling the story of the Holocaust and its lessons for life today through the experiences of 16 survivors and the operational philosophy is survivor-driven, making us unique in the UK. Although hosted by the university we are not part of it but are a small independent charity. Please do support us by joining us in the talks and if you are in the area, please do visit us - our opening times are on our website and are updated top reflect coronavirus-related restrictions.

Finally, this week marks the sad loss of our founding chair and the driving force behind the Centre, Lilian Black BEM - honoured in the latest Queen's Birthday Honours for services to Holocaust education. She died this week from coronavirus, before she could be formally awarded her honour. May her memory be a blessing.
Michael Sharp
Manchester UK

Sherri Bobish

I want to second Ellen's recommendation of The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre at The University of Huddersfield.  I saw an excellent talk recently, and agree that more people should be aware of these offerings.

Thank you to Michael for first bringing this to the attention of us 'Genners.


Sherri Bobish