June 2023: The Generations After Newsletter
On May 25, The White House announced the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism. The announcement of the report states, “History teaches that hate never fully goes away; it only hides until it is given just a little oxygen. That is why we must confront antisemitism early and aggressively whenever and wherever it emerges from the darkness.”

As descendants of Holocaust survivors, we already know how true that statement is. You will be hearing more about our response to this report in coming weeks. To read the full report, click here.

And we are excited to remind you that the annual World Federation of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants conference will be held here in D.C. this August 25-28. The Generations After and 3GDC are the local partners, and we are looking for volunteers to help make this an extraordinary gathering of the survivor family.
Register yourself, your family, and survivor family friends now. For more information visit holocaustchild.org.

Hope to see you there, as well as at other upcoming events!
Shelli Klein,
President
Olimpia Nowicka-Sulla,
Vice-President
- Generations After Events and Updates -
UPCOMING: Speakers' Bureau Meeting, June 11, 2023, 11 AM ET
At our next Zoom session, we will hear from members who have taken one or both of two training series given this year, one through the JCRC with Peter Nelson, former executive director of the New York Facing History and Ourselves, and the other through Teach the Shoah, whose goal is using storytelling techniques to give voice to the stories of Holocaust survivors and of those who did not survive.

If you are interested in joining this extremely important group, please email generationafterdc@gmail.com.
UPCOMING: The Holocaust as an Interdisciplinary Tapestry
Eight-part series: Next Zoom session Thursday, June 15, 2023, 2:00 PM ET
Former Gen After president Esther Toporek Finder, a member of the Generations of the Shoah International Coordinating Council, is partnering with Classrooms Without Borders; Tali Nates, the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre; Madene Shachar, Ghetto Fighters’ House; and Liberation75 to present this innovative series.
 
The series engages with scholars and experts who grapple with themes related to the Holocaust. The next session is titled, "German Professionals in the Holocaust."

UPCOMING: Gen After Book Group, June 25, 2023, 10:00 AM ET
The group will meet virtually to discuss This Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II by Andrew Fukuda. The novel tells the story of two teens whose long-distance friendship is ripped apart by the events of World War II. Ten-year-old Charlie Levy, who lives in Paris, France, begins writing Japanese-American Alex Maki in March of 1935 as part of a letter exchange program with an American school.

Generations After members can sign up for the discussion or contact the Book Group for additional details at genafterevents@gmail.com.

Not a current Gen After member? Join now.
UPCOMING: Ride for the Living and Holocaust Survivor Day
Sunday, June 25: 9:00 AM ET Ride, 12:00 PM Lunch
Ride for the Living combines fitness and Holocaust education to help support the JCC Krakow and survivors around the world. JCC Krakow has also been instrumental in supporting Jewish Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war. Learn more and volunteer. Register for the ride and brunch.

Holocaust Survivor Day calls on people everywhere to celebrate survivors' lives and thank them for their contributions and their lessons. Organizations from around the world will come together to celebrate survivors this June. Join 3GDC at the Edlavitch DC JCC on June 25th to meet survivors and honor them with a lunch, music, and conversation. The event is cosponsored by The Generations After. Learn more by visiting the Holocaust Survivor Day website.
UPCOMING: Preserving Holocaust History: Yizkor Books,
July 30, 2023, 11:00 AM ET
Looking ahead to July, plan on attending our virtual program on yizkor books, which memorialize the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe destroyed by the Holocaust. Our speakers will provide an overview of the origins of the books, what they contain, and how to access them.

If you have a connection to a particular community, please enter it on the registration form and, if possible, we will try to include a small sample from its yizkor book if it is available. Register to attend.
RECAP: Jewish Women Resisters in the Holocaust
Against All Odds: Jewish Women Resisters in the Holocaust
On May 25, we were treated to a thought-provoking program about resistance by Jewish women during the Holocaust—an often overlooked topic. We learned about the broad definition of resistance, and the many ways in which Jewish women fought back.

Review a bibliography for more information on the subject.
UPCOMING: Survivors and Descendants Conference,
Washington, DC, August 25–28, 2023
The Generations After, co-sponsor of the event, invites you to register to attend the 34th Annual conference of the World Federation of Survivors and Descendants this August 25-28, 2023, at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel.

Among the speakers are Eli Rosenbaum, counselor for War Crimes Accountability of the US Department of Justice and renowned Nazi hunter; Ellen Germain, the State Department's Special Envoy on Holocaust Issues; Amy Spitalnick, CEO, Jewish Council for Public Affairs who was responsible for the successful $25 million judgement against the Charlottesville far-right rally organizers; and Dr. Irit Felsen, an expert on intergenerational transmission of trauma.

Sessions include memoir writing, speaker skills, and new approaches to remembrance. Field trips to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the new Capital Jewish Museum will be available. The programming emphasis will be on the future of this painful but important legacy with a focus on the third generation.

The conference is open to Holocaust survivors and descendants, their families, spouses and partners. Conference registration includes all meals and activities.

Please register for the event and for room reservations at the Omni Shoreham Hotel now and join us in August!
SUPPORT GEN AFTER: Join, Renew, or Donate
Member dues and donations are the primary source of funding for the Generations After. Individual member dues are $36, and family memberships are $54. Help us keep you and the 2G community engaged and informed and ensure that the legacy of the Shoah is never forgotten with your generous support.

Sign up, donate or send your check to:
The Generations After
P. O. Box 2121
Rockville, MD 20847
- Around the Community -
IN MEMORIAM: Judge Thomas Buergenthal
The Generations After is sad to announce the death of Judge Thomas Buergenthal, a child Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz who went on to become a renowned human rights lawyer and judge. He was a guest speaker at a Generations After program in August 2010, at which time he discussed both his legal career and the book he wrote about his experiences during the Holocaust, A Lucky Child. Read the announcement by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
UPCOMING: Preserving Holocaust History, June 11, 2023, 5:00 PM ET
Preserving Holocaust History Through Oral Histories and Films
Join the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for a virtual program about how the Museum’s collection of materials, documents, and artifacts serves as a resource for survivors, families of victims, teachers, filmmakers, and others wishing to discover more about the fate of Jewish people. Participants will have the opportunity to request research assistance as well as discuss donating artifacts or contributing an oral history to the Museum.Register to attend.
UPCOMING: Visas for Life: the Sousa Mendes Story, June 11–July 2
The series of five episodes and panels traces the stories of numerous families saved by the Portuguese Consul General in Bordeaux, France, Aristides de Sousa Mendes. Details and registration.
- Ongoing Activities -
Gen After Remember a Child Program
Have a bat or bar mitzvah coming up in the family? Know anyone who does?
The Remember a Child (RAC) program pairs current b'nai mitzvah students with children murdered during the Shoah before they were able to have a bar or bat mitzvah. Participants receive a scroll of remembrance, a biography, and links for additional information about their child. More than 800 b'nai mitzvah students have enriched their milestone simcha by participating in this meaningful program. Contact RAC Coordinator Barbara Brandys for information and click for details.

Holocaust Survivors–The Last Generation
Child survivors meet the third Sunday of each month. Join the Zoom call or contact Ayana Touval for more information.

3GDC Group
View DC, Maryland, and Virginia 3rd Generation activities on the 3G Facebook page.

Jewish Records Indexing-Poland (JRI-Poland)
JRI-Poland seeks volunteers to help make important family records available. Contact volunteers@jri-poland.org.

Arolsen Archive Project "Every Name Counts"
“Every Name Counts” aspires to make available every name contained in the online archive. Help digitize names into the massive and vital Arolsen Archive. Learn more at the Arolsen Archive website.

GSI newsletters list hundreds of Holocaust-related events, conferences, lectures, books, and resources from around the world at www.genshoah.org.