March 21, 2023 at the Jewish Museum of Australia
Curator and author Jakub Nowakowski and his dual-title colleague Ariele Hoffman explore the growing interest in Jewish culture among non-Jewish Poles. In particular, they examine the complex motivations behind modern Poland and Ukraine’s efforts to come to terms with their Jewish past.
May 18 – September 24, 2023 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, USA
In 1945, the diary of a 14-year-old Jewish girl was found in Auschwitz-Birkenau. It had been written by Rywka Lipszyc and described her life in the Łódz ghetto between October 1943 and April 1944. The diary describes family life at that time and the difficult daily life in the ghetto. More than sixty years after its discovery, the work was brought to the United States, translated and published. An exhibition is dedicated to it, with historical documents, interactive touch screens, documentary videos and rare photographs. It has been organised in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Galicia.
7 June to 24 September 2023 at the Oregon Jewish Museum, USA
The exhibition traces the strong ties in Amsterdam between the famous painter and the Jews, mainly from Spain and Portugal where they had fled the Inquisition. In this city, they were able to find freedom of worship and culture. In his interpretations of biblical themes, Rembrandt was inspired by discussions with Jewish theologians, but he was also the one who painted portraits of Jews who were happy as a Jew in the Amsterdam of that time. A total of 22 works are presented in this exhibition.
February 23, 2023 at the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, USA
Just one year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Museum offers this conversation about Ukrainian Jewish life. Misha Galperin, executive director of the Weitzman Museum, and journalist Vladislav Davidzon, who has covered the country for fifteen years, discuss the contemporary Jewish history of Ukraine, Jewish accounts of last year’s war, and questions about the future of the Jewish community in Ukraine. This conference can also be viewed by zooming in.
Until April 30, 2023 at the Michigan Holocaust Center
The exhibition explores the life and work of Hrusov-born Erich Lichtblau-Leskly (1911-2004), a Czech Jewish artist who used art and satire as tools of coping and resistance during his imprisonment in the Theresienstadt camp. He made these works in secret, presenting the brutality of everyday life. His wife saved these works by hiding them under the floor of the barracks. Erich then used the fragments to recreate larger, brighter, more elaborate versions, with writings and captions to better understand what he was trying to convey. https://www.holocaustcenter.org/exhibitions/featured/
May 4 – September 3, 2023 at the Skirball Cultural Center, California, USA
In these times of war in Ukraine, it is also interesting to look back at the cultural influence of people from this country. Like Peter Krasnow (1886-1979), who was born in Novograd Volynsk and lived for much of his life in Glendale, California. His work, inspired by his Jewish cultural heritage, the Yiddish language and old tales, blended with the carefree Californian spirit. The exhibition features his post-war paintings and their message of resilience, responding to the chaos and war scenes of his time with an influx of colour, joy and life.
May 4, 2023 at the University of Oklahoma, USA
Professor Steven Nadler, who teaches at the University of Wisconsin, presents in this lecture the links between the famous Dutch painter and the Jewish population of Amsterdam, especially the religious figures. Rembrandt was one of the most influential portrait painters and also one of the first renowned artists to paint everyday Jewish people.
February 22, 2023 at the University of Wisconsin, USA
The University of Michigan professor analyses how Jewish revival in Poland has been taking place since the beginning of the 21st century. This is largely driven by a non-Jewish population interested in the history of the Jews in this country, its great moments and dark hours. But also through an appreciation of klezmer music and gastronomy, as well as trips to Israel. This lecture can also be viewed by zooming in.
8 March 2023 at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
Adrienne Boyarin presents a new open website to explore the lives and records of Jewish women of this period. Little known and shared material. Hence a discussion on the day about the methodological difficulty of finding and presenting this material, as well as the verification of multiple sources and the decoupling of multiple influences.
21 February 2023 at the University of Michigan, USA
Sasha Senderovich presents his new book How the Soviet Jew was Made (Harvard University Press, 2022). In it, the scholar analyses how Russian and Yiddish literature and film attempted to recast the Soviet Jew as a new cultural figure in the aftermath of the 1917 revolution. In particular, it looks at the upheavals of a country in the midst of change, allowing the inhabitants of the shtetls to integrate the big cities and participate in the new model of society. And to see how the arts and letters represented these incarnations.
Until 31 August 2023 at the Musée de la Résistance in Limoges
Spirou, a well-known character in Belgian comics, is plunged into the terrible period of the occupation. The daily life of the Brussels teenager during the Second World War is examined in the work of Emile Bravo. His motivations and doubts in the face of the Nazi war machine, and the gradual loss of the young man’s naivety and character in the face of anti-Jewish discrimination and other violence.
Until 12 March 2023 at the Archives départementales du Cher, rue Jean-Marie Heurtault de Lamerville, 18000 Bourges
This exhibition highlights the situation of the thousands of inhabitants of Alsace-Moselle, including hundreds of Jews, who found refuge in the Cher. When arrests took place in the occupied zone, some tried to cross the demarcation line. Many were arrested and executed. Archival documents allow this exhibition to present the paths of these individuals in the underground.
Until 8 January 2024 at the Marc Chagall National Museum
Throughout the year 2023, events will be presented to mark the 50th anniversary of the museum’s birth, on 7 July 1973. The moment when the house desired by the artist welcomed his work dedicated to the cycle of the “Biblical Message”. With its universal message, values and colours. A varied programme is proposed, culminating as it should on the weekend of 7 July 2023.
February 23, 2023 at the Medem Centre
This workshop is led by Salomon Bielasiak by ZOOMTM and follows the one held in January. He will present and translate about twenty Yiddish expressions. These expressions are accompanied by klezmer music and traditional Yiddish songs. The accompaniment is provided by professional singers and musicians.
March 10 at the House of Yiddish Culture – Medem Library
This evening proposed by Annick Prime Margules welcomes Michel Fisbein and Lionel Miller to share, in French and Yiddish, classic jokes and other zygomatic boosters. With, in particular, a classic sketch by Dzigan and Szumacher that every record player owner enjoyed after the war in memory of distant ancestors.
Until 23 July 2023 at the mahJ
150 photographs, archive documents and children’s drawings made by the residents of this colony which served as a refuge for them during the Second World War are presented in this exhibition. Individual drawings, but also complete stories. 105 Jewish children lived there from 1943 to 1944. 44 of these children and 7 animators were rounded up by the Nazis. The drawings were collected by the former director Sabine Zlatin. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Maison d’Izieu.
With the Cercle Vladimir Medem and the Cercle Bernard Lazare.
These visits are organised from the Cercle Bernard Lazare. They allow participants to visit this place located in Médan, recently enlarged with the space dedicated to Dreyfus, in order to discover the link between these two men and their fights.
Until 8 May 2023 at the Centre Pompidou
The Bibliothèque publique d’information (BPI) is one of the most frequented by students and researchers. Between the numerous books chosen and analysed, the public can now discover the strong links between one of the greatest French musicians and his mother tongue. The influence of this language and of those who handled it so well before him. We can see his numerous manuscripts, the evolution of his style and his influences, not only in his writing but also in the other arts that he admired so much and practised, especially painting.
Until 20 February 2023 at the Musée Départemental de la Résistance et de la Déportation
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of donations received by the museum from people wishing to bequeath objects that bear witness to this period, the institution is honouring these donors. These transmitters of memory are fighting against hatred and oblivion. Only 1% of the more than 8,000 documents kept in the museum are usually displayed. The renovation of the institution carried out between 2018 and 2020 has made it possible to better appreciate the historical wealth of these objects and the need to present them and honour those who donated them.
16 February 2023
This meeting is part of the Hebraica Thursdays. The theme of the meeting will be the Kings and Prophets of the Bible and will deal in particular with the Court, Justice, agriculture and the army in biblical times.
20 February 2023 at the Maimonides Institute
As part of the Maimonides Encounters, this one is proposed around the books Psychotherapy of God and Chérif Mécheri, Prefect of Courage under the Vichy government. These books were written by the famous author who dealt with resilience. This event is organised in partnership with the Librairie Sauramps and will take place in the Salle Pétrarque.
At the Shoah Memorial
This travelling exhibition, consisting of 24 panels, is intended for students from the 3rd to the 12th grade. It looks at the way in which the spirit of the Third Republic and the role of the school in sharing republican and democratic values was shared in the Resistance. These humanist values, rejecting all forms of hatred and discrimination. Philosophically, but also in the actions of teachers and students. Among the documents presented, a handwritten letter from a Jewish student expelled from school, addressed to Marshal Pétain on 9 January 1942.
30th March 2023
The Museum of the Resistance and Deportation of Isère joins forces with the Cinémathèque of Grenoble to present Volker Schlöndorff’s classic film (1979) based on a book by Gunter Grass. A film that made a big impression when it was released, tracing the life of a child who refuses to grow up and take part in the appalling adult world he sees in 1930s Germany.
From 4 March to 17 June 2023
The tour will take place in the 1st and 2nd arrondissements of Lyon, in order to highlight the actions of this great Resistance fighter and to present the other companions who helped him in his missions. This, as well as the circumstances and consequences of his arrest, which took place on 21 June 1943. Steles, but also buildings from that period, recall his history in this city where Resistance fighters and collabos clashed violently.
March 16 at the Rashi Institute in Troyes
This book is the result of international research work carried out in Troyes in 2019. It was conceived in the framework of a partnership between the Institut Universitaire Européen Rachi and the Laboratoire d’Etudes sur les Monothéismes (LEM-CNRS) and published in the prestigious journal Studia Graeco-Arabica.
16 and 17 March 2023 at the headquarters of the Grand Est Region
The European Centre of Deported Resistance Members is organising this event, which brings together a dozen speakers and examines the relationships underlying the association of faith and deportation. In particular, religious practice in the camps. The programme is a continuation of last year’s event on the same themes.
13 February at GIL
Joëlle Fiss, Bénédicte Ossipaw-Amsellem and Marc Wuarin, members of GIL, will discuss their experience in Geneva politics, particularly in the field of human rights. This conference is organised by the GIL Cultural Commission.
28 and 29 March 2023 at the Théâtre de l’Espérance
Kressmann Taylor’s masterpiece evokes the meeting and friendship between two Germans, a Jew and a non-Jew. Their strong bond and the evolution of this friendship and their perception of the historical events in progress. The play is presented by the Hamacom troupe.
15 March 2023 at the Jewish Museum of Switzerland
A series of cultural events will be held on Wednesday mornings at the Museum. This one will deal with the fate of Jewish refugees in Switzerland from 1935 to 1955 and the help they received.
17 February to 24 September 2023 at the Jewish Museum Amsterdam
A series of texts, covering different writing styles, evoke the theme of the author’s identity. By returning to the question of Jewish identity. For there are many ways to answer this question. The documents presented cover four centuries of Dutch Jewish authors. Was this Jewish identity private or publicly known? Did it evolve? And how do we perceive it with our contemporary glasses?