INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE The Jews of the Middle East in the Shadow of the Holocaust


The Jews of the Middle East in the Shadow of the Holocaust

April 5, 2016, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 14 Ibn Gabirol St., Jerusalem

The conference proceedings will be in English


09:00-10:00         Opening Session: The Middle East in the 1930s and 1940s: Characteristics and Major Developments

Chair: Haim Saadoun, Director of the Documentation Center and the Open University Raanana


Dan Michman, Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem; Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan


Yaacov Yaniv, Director of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem


Keynote Address:

Norman Stillman, University of Oklahoma 

Touched by the Winds of War:  Middle Eastern Jewry during World War II


10:00-11:30         Session 1: Backgrounds

Chair: Dan Michman, Yad Vashem

Stefan Petke, Technical University, Berlin

Racially Degenerated or Natural Allies? Nazi Germany's Changing Perceptions of the Middle East

Franck F. Salameh, Boston College

Lebanese Jews between Rootedness and Exile; Braving World War II, the Holocaust, and their Aftermath

Izzet Bahar, Independent Scholar

Turkish Jews in France during WWII and a Curious American Ambassador in Ankara: Laurence A. Steinhardt



11:30-12:00         Coffee Break


12:00-13:30         Session 2: Images of Jews



Denisa Nestakovova, Comenius University in Bratislava

The image of the Jews on pages of "Die Warte des Temples" in Mandatory Palestine

Joel Kotek, ULB & Sces Po Paris

Zionism and Palestine in Nazi Caricature (1933-1944)

Jean Laloum, EPHE-CNRS

Family Photographic Heritage of Jews from the Middle East

Edy Cohen, Bar Ilan University

Radio Berlin in Arabic: the first Nazi Radio in Arabic language



13:30-14:30         Lunch Break


14:30-16:00         Session 3: Jewish Experiences of Persecution

Chair: Tuvia Friling, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Chen Bram, Truman institute, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Memory and commemoration: The Divided Holocaust Experience of Caucasus 'Mountain' Jews

Jacqueline Semha Gmach, USC Shoah Foundation The institute for Visual History and Education Four Iraqi Jews' Testimonies - Their life stories prior, during and after World War II

Orly Rahimiyan, Ben-Zvi Institute

"Iran's children" in the Shadow of WWII



16:00-16:30         Coffee Break


16:30-18:30         Session 4: Responses of Jewish Communities to News about the Persecutions

Chair: Eyal Ginio, Chairman of the Ben-Zvi Institute, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Esther Webman, Tel Aviv University

Manifestations of solidarity – The Egyptian Jewish Community responds to the Nazi Persecution of German Jews

Guy Bracha, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan

"Read and Tormented!" – The Coverage of the Holocaust in the Lebanese Jewish Newspapers

Corry Guttstadt, Hamburg University

Reactions to the Holocaust by the Jewish communities in Turkey 



18:30     Conclusion: State of Research and Challenges

Chair: Iael Nidam Orvieto, Yad Vashem

 (For scholars only)


This conference is taking place with the generous support of the Gutwirth Family Fund and the Claims Conference


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