The Centre for Jewish Studies and the Department of History, University of Manchester and IWM North (part of Imperial War Museums)
This conference will explore the experience of children in the Holocaust. Among the six million Jewish victims, as many as 1.5 million were children. Scholarship has grown considerably in this field in recent years, focussing among other things on how children were treated – sometimes having no chance of survival on account of their youth, sometimes being made to work in factories or slave labour camps, where they endured privations which shortened their lives or haunted them for life. Many – trapped in ghettos and other places of confinement - played a key role in finding food for their families. A few kept diaries which have survived - providing intimate insights into the child’s perspective. Today – when so few adult survivors are still alive – it is the children’s perspective that we hear about – at memorial days and in schools. This workshop will bring together important scholars of the field to address what it was to be a Jewish child under Nazi occupation; what current scholarship is revealing and where future research may take us.
Teas and coffees available from 9.30am
10.00 Welcome and introduction to IWM North and the Conference
10.10 Dr Anna Hajkova (Warwick), ‘Children in Terezin’
11.00 Tea and coffee
11.15 Dr Daniel Lee (Sheffield), ‘Pétain’s Jewish Children
12.00 Dr Simone Gigliotti (Royal Holloway), ‘Touring the stone wilderness: re-viewing David “Chim” Seymour’s Children of Europe’
1.45 Eye Witness account
2.30 Professor Bob Moore (Sheffield), ‘Suffer the Little Children… The rescue of Jewish Children in Nazi Occupied Western Europe’.
3.15 Tea and coffee
3.30 General Discussion
Academic programme organised by Dr Jean-Marc Dreyfus, Reader in Holocaust Studies, History Division, the University of Manchester.
A buffet lunch is provided (Kosher and other dietary needs can be met if requested upon booking or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 14 October 2016).
Please note this programme may be subject to change.