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Registration for 'The Holocaust and Motherhood' Conference Now Open

Posted on 25/01/2018
A mother holding her child with two children in the background

A woman holds her child in Lubny, Ukraine, on 15 October 1941. They are believed to have been executed shortly afterwards. Copyright: Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv

Registration for the Holocaust Research Institute's upcoming conference, 'The Holocaust and Motherhood', is now open.

The conference consists of two separate events. On the evening of Thursday 22 March 2018, Dr Zoë Waxman (University of Oxford) will deliver a keynote lecture on 'Mothers, Sisters, Resisters? Motherhood and the Holocaust Twenty Years On' at The Wiener Library, central London. This event is free; please click here to register.

This will be followed by a day of panel presentations, also at The Wiener Library, on Friday 23 March. The day will begin at 10:00 and finish at 17:00. There is a conference fee of £15.00 to cover catering and stationery. Please note that catering at the conference will be vegetarian with a vegan option. Those who require vegan food, as well as any other dietary requirements, should indicate this on the conference registration page, which can be found here.

Registration for this event must close on Friday 9 March 2018.

About the conference

This two-day interdisciplinary conference will explore questions related to Jewish motherhood during and after the Holocaust from a variety of theoretical perspectives. The individual sessions will address the predicament of Jewish mothers living in ghettos, the ways in which women coped with the loss of their (grand)children after the war, and recent challenges to the stereotypical image of a heroic mother. The conference will also be an opportunity to discuss literary and cinematic portrayals of women’s ‘choiceless choices’ regarding their own and their offspring’s life during the war and in its aftermath.

Please click here for the conference programme.


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