Update on Recent Developments

Wyman Institute Update: May 12, 2003


    1. U.S. Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Peter Deutsch (D-FL) have joined the Advisory Committee of the Wyman Institute.

    2. Advisory Committee member Dr. David Golinkin, president of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem), has authored a moving tribute to his late father, Rabbi Noah Golinkin, who led a Jewish student activist group that tried to rouse American public consciousness about the Holocaust in 1943. (Rabbi Golinkin’s Holocaust protest activity was described by Institute director Dr. Rafael Medoff in the Fall 1997 edition [11:2] of Holocaust & Genocide Studies). For David Golinkin’s tribute, go to: http://www.schechter.edu/

    3. Academic Council member Prof. Alan L. Berger spoke on “Hidden Children: The Trauma of Survival” at the Plenum Session of Millersville University’s 23rd Annual Conference on the Holocaust, last month. On Yom HaShoah, Berger and his wife Naomi, co-editors of Second Generation Voices: Reflections by Children of Holocaust Survivors and Perpetrators, recently lectured and signed books at at Barnes and Noble in Boynton Beach, FL.

    4. Academic Council member Prof. Zev Garber delivered the Marvin and Celina Zborowski Endowment Lecture a CUNY Queens College in April, on: “Visions of the Other: The Auschwitz Convent Controversy.” Also in April, he delivered a Jewish Studies Public Lecture on “Judaism and Roman Catholicism: The (Un)Necessary Problem of Supersessionism” (dealing in part with the Auschwitz controversy and the Edith Stein issue) at Purdue University. At Millersville University’s 23rd Annual Conference on the Holocaust, last month, Prof. Garber introduced and responded to Michael Phayer lecture on “The Children of the Warsaw Ghetto.”

    5. An article by Institute director Dr. Rafael Medoff, concerning Syria harboring Nazi war criminals after the Holocaust, appeared in the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix on April 25 and the National Jewish Post and Opinion on May 7.

    6. Advisory Committee member Dr. Ruth Gruber will address the annual spring luncheon of the Museum of Jewish Heritage at the Pierre Hotel in New York City on May 12. The YIVO Institute will be giving Dr. Gruber its Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual luncheon at the Center for Jewish History in New York City on May 18.