The Rescue of Jews in France and its Empire during World War II

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The Rescue of Jews in France and its Empire during World War II

Time: March 24, 2011 at 5pm to March 25, 2011 at 6pm
Location: East Gallery, Buell Hall, Columbia University
Street: 116th Street and Broadway
City/Town: New York
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Phone: 212 854 4482
Event Type: conference
Organized By: Carly DeFilippo
Latest Activity: Mar 25, 2011

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Event Description

Thursday, March 24

5:00 p.m. Opening Remarks by Robert O. Paxton

5:30-7:30 p.m. Special Film Previews with Pierre Sauvage
Sauvage presents excerpts of his works-in-progress,
And Crown Thy Good: Varian Fry in Marseille and Three Righteous Christians of France: Madeleine Barot, André Dumas, Jean-Marie Soutou 
Some film excerpts are in French only, without English subtitles

Friday, March 25

9:00 a.m.:  Keynote Speech by Renée Poznanski, Resistance and the Rescue of Jews in France: from History to Historiography

10:00-12:00 Session I: Recognizing the Righteous and the Politics of Memory
Chaired by Pierre Birnbaum

Mordecai Paldiel, Yad Vashem and the "Righteous Among the Nations"

Sarah Gensburger, From Jerusalem to Paris: Defining the "Righteous of France"

Susan Zuccotti, Père Marie-Benoît and his Jewish Colleagues in Rescue: Marseille and Rome, 1941-1944


1:00-2:30 p.m. Session II: Anti-Jewish Policies and the Rescue of Jews in the French Empire
Chaired by Robert O. Paxton

Eric Jennings, Rescue or Not? The French Colonial Window of Opportunity, 1940-1942

Robert Satloff, Arab Rescuers of Jews in Vichy North Africa: Their Role and Relevance

3:00-5:00 p.m. Session III: Unsung Heroes? Jewish Rescuers of Jews in Vichy France
Chaired by Vicki Caron

Georges Weill, Going Underground : The Rescue Activities of Social Worker Andrée Salomon and the OSE

Miranda Pollard, A Question of Silence? Odette Abadi, Hidden Children, and the Réseau Marcel in Nice

Harriet Jackson, When does Rescue Count? The Resistance Activities of Hasidic Rabbi Zalman Chnéerson

5:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks by Pierre Birnbaum

 Major funding for this conference was provided by the Florence Gould Foundation and the Executive Vice President for Arts & Sciences at Columbia University. Additional funding was provided by the Maurice I. Parisier Foundation, Mrs. Henriette Beilis and Air France KLM.  

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