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75 Years After: Stories and Artifacts Witnessing World War II and the Holocaust
November 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
75 Years After: Stories and Artifacts witnessing World War II and the Holocaust
2020 marks 75 years since the end of World War II and the liberation of most of the concentration camps established by Nazi Germany and its allies. To commemorate this occasion, our November webinar will delve into the Holocaust collection of the Spungen Family Foundation in the Chicago area.
PGSA member, Mr. Kiel Majewski will moderate a discussion that draws on rare documents and artifacts from the Spungen Foundation’s material, brought to life by people who were impacted by them. Dr. Ewa Wiatr of the University of Lodz will describe how Jewish detainees in the Lodz Ghetto managed to operate a postal service that helped them keep in touch with their loved ones. Zofia Gadomska Paluch will tell the story of her Polish Catholic family near Sanok who sheltered 17 Jewish people for 22 months during the war. Join us to learn how historical material like the Spungen collection can open doors for your genealogical research.
Speaker Kiel Majewski is a public historian and peacebuilding advocate in the field of collective memory. In his career, he has curated exhibits, directed a museum, mentored youth, worked with survivors of genocide, and led tours of memorial sites in Europe, Africa, and North America. Kiel is the founder of Timberwolf Advisors, a consultancy named after his grandfather’s US army unit during WWII that liberated the Dora-Mittelbau Concentration Camp in Nordhausen, Germany.