Drs. Bebe and Owen Bernstein Lecture Series


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The Role of Iranian Jews in Persian Music

Lecturer: Dr. Houman Sarshar
Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 6:30pm 
at The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

In the third event in celebration of the new KHRCA exhibition In the Land of the Shahs: Jewish Lives in Persia/Iran, join us as we welcome scholar of Iranian Jewry Dr. Houman Sarshar. Dr. Sarshar will discuss his research on the role of Iranian Jews in classical and popular Persian music.

Houman M. Sarshar is a consulting editor of Judeo-Persian studies and contributing author for the Encyclopedia Iranica, a member of the University Seminar Series at Columbia University, and Director of Publications at the Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History. He is the co-editor of three volumes of The Contemporary History of Iranian Jews, and editor of Esther's Children: A Portrait of Iranian Jews, and Jewish Communities of Iran: Entries of Judeo-Persian Communities Published by the Encyclopedia Iranica. His most recent work is The Jews of Iran: The History, Religion, and Culture of a Community in the Islamic World. Dr. Sarshar holds a PhD in Comparative Literatures (19th-Early 20th Century French, English, and Persian poetry) from Columbia University.

Dr. Sarshar will be introduced by Hon. Mojgan Cohanim Lancman, Queens County Civil Court Judge.

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Understanding the International Tracing Service

Lecturer: Dr. Diane Afoumado, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 
Sunday, December 6th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
at The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

The International Tracing Service archive (ITS) is located in Bad Arolsen, Germany, and until November 2007, when the Museum-led effort to open it succeeded, it was the largest closed Holocaust archive in the world. The archive was established by the Allied powers after World War II to help reunite families separated during the war and to trace missing family members. The Allies placed in the ITS millions of pages of documentation captured during the war. Since then, the archive has continued to grow as new records, both originals and copies, have been deposited there. The archive is overseen by an 11-nation International Commission comprised of Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) is the United States’ repository for the ITS collection. The Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the USHMM will search for documents in the records of the ITS, as well as other collections of the museum, free of charge for survivors, their families, and the families of victims. Join us as Dr. Diane Afoumado, Chief of the ITS Research Branch at the USHMM provides a background on what can be found within this archive and how it can be used for research. Through case studies and sample archival materials, we will get an insight into this amazing resource on the history of the Holocaust.

Dr. Diane F. Afoumado is Chief of the ITS Research Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the USHMM in Washington, D.C. Formerly Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Paris X-Nanterre and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris, she worked for the two French Commissions related to compensation to Jewish victims. She also worked as a Historian for the Archival Division of the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine – Mémorial de la Shoah. She is the author of several books: L’affiche antisémite en France sous l’Occupation, (Berg International, 2008); Exil impossible. L’errance des réfugiés juifs du paquebot « St.Louis » (L’Harmattan, 2005), co-author with Serge Klarsfeld of La spoliation dans les camps de province, (La documentation française, 2000). She participated in the following publications : Repicturing the Second World War. Representations in Film and Television, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); Evoking Genocide. Scholars and Activists Describe the Works That Shaped Their Lives, (The Key Publishing House Inc, 2009), and has written more than twenty articles related to the Holocaust.


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Curator Talk & Tour: Land of the Shahs 

Lecturer: Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg, KHRCA Scholar-in-Residence
Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 1:00pm 
at The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

The KHRCA's newest exhibition focuses extensively on World War II, the golden period under the last Shah, the Islamic revolution, and recent struggles of Jews with antisemitism and Holocaust denial. The exhibit was curated and researched by Rabii Isidoro Aizenberg and was produced with the involvement of the local Iranian/Persian community and scholars. It contains over 43 historic, archival, and modern day images that help to tell this unique story. Join us for the official public opening as Rabbi Aizenberg discusses thelong process of research that led to the development of this new exhibition.