Holocaust Survivors Revisiting Eastern Europe

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Host: Polish Cultural Institute
Location: UCL, Gower Street Pearson Lecture Theatre G22 (entrance through the UCL main gate on Gower Street)
Speaker: Shimon Redlich, Katka Reszke (co-director), Prof. Gabriel Finder (University of Virginia) and Prof. Antony Polonsky (Brandeis University). The event will be hosted by Dr. François Guesnet (UCL).

In cooperation between the Institute of Polish-Jewish Studies, the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College, London, and the Polish Cultural Institute (London), an afternoon workshop will discuss the very special way survivors of the Holocaust encounter contemporary Eastern Europe.
The discussion will be based on the brand-new documentary Shimon's Returns (dir. Slawomir Grunberg, Katka Reszke, USA 2014, 52 min) which will be screened at the beginning of the event. It is based on the travels of Shimon Redlich, author of the well-known autobiographic historical study Together and apart in Brzezany and Life in Transit. Jews in Postwar Lodz, 1945-50, who will be present.

The workshop will discuss the documentary as well as the experience of Holocaust survivors returning to the places of persecution, death, and, in their specific cases, survival.

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