Wyman Institute News & Events – November 2015


NOVEMBER 4:  Wyman Institute Arts & Letters Council member Prof. Thane Rosenbaum will speak about his new novel, How Sweet It Is, at the Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, on Wednesday evening, November 4, at 6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. More information: www.bit.ly/OneBookOneCity

NOVEMBER 8:  “A Voice Among the Silent,” Shuli Eshel’s critically-acclaimed documentary about 1930s refugee advocate James G. McDonald, will be shown on WNET-Channel 13 (New York City area) on Sunday night, November 8, at 11:00 pm.  It will be shown again on Thursday, November 12, at 10:30 pm; and on NJTV on Sunday night, November 15, at 10:00 pm. The film includes interviews with David S. Wyman, Rafael Medoff, Laurel Leff, and Stephen Norwood. The trailer may be viewed at http://www.avoiceamongthesilent.com

NOVEMBER 9:  Dr. Rafael Medoff will speak on “America’s Response to Kristallnacht–and its Lessons for Today” on Monday evening, November 9, at 7:30 pm, at the Mount Sinai Jewish Center, 135 Bennett Ave, New York City (Washington Heights). More information: 212-568-1900.

NOVEMBER 10:  Prof. Thane Rosenbaum will be honored at the City University of New York’s

Kristallnacht anniversary program, “Kristallnacht, 77 Years After: Never Again Anti-Semitism, Indifference and Racism!” at 300 Jay Street, Atrium Amphitheatre, Brooklyn, on Tuesday, November 10, at 12:00 noon. Admission is free to the event, which is  sponsored by the City Tech Jewish Faculty & Staff Association.

NOVEMBER 10:  The new exhibit “Mark Podwal: All This Has Come Upon Us,” featuring 42 drawings by the world-renowned artist (and Wyman Institute Arts & Council member) Mark Podwal, will open at the Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, on Tuesday, November 10. It will continue through March 13. Each image in this series depicts a tragedy or injustice in Jewish history, from slavery in Egypt through the Holocaust, and is paired with a verse from Psalms. More information: 305-672-5044, or www.jewishmuseum.com.

NOVEMBER 11:  Wyman Institute Arts & Council member) Archie Rand, in conversation with art critic Catherine Fox, will speak about his new book The 613 at the MJCC Atlanta Book Festival, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, Georgia, on Wednesday, November 11, at 12:30 pm. Tickets: http://www.showclix.com/event/SeriesTicket2015/listing  The 613, published by Blue Rider Press – Penguin/Random House, bring together his 614 canvases of the mitzvot, paired with images reminiscent of 1940s-1950s comic book panels.

NOVEMBER 17:  Dr. Rafael Medoff will speak on “Rescuing Paintings, Abandoning Jews,” at the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre on Tuesday, November 17, at 1:00 pm, at the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre, 295 Main St, East Rockaway, NY 11518. The event is sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women.

NOVEMBER 18:  Archie Rand, in conversation with scholar Camille Paglia, will discuss The 613 at the New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Auditorium), Fifth Avenue and 42 St., New York City, on Wednesday evening, November 18, at 6:00 pm. Admission is free. More information: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2015/11/18/613-archie-rand-artist-dialogue-series-event

NOVEMBER 19:  Archie Rand will present a history of The 613 at the Tribeca Synagogue, 49 White St. (Church St. and Broadway), New York City, on Thursday evening, November 19, at 7:00 pm. The program will be followed by reception for his groundbreaking series The 54 Chapter Paintings, on display in its entirety for the first time as a solo exhibition. Suggested donation: $10. More information: http://www.tribecasynagogue.org/


1. Seventy-five leading Holocaust and genocide scholars from around the world signed a recent letter, organized by the Wyman Institute, protesting Austria’s imprisonment of Holocaust restitution activist Stephan Templ. The signatories included distinguished scholars from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Australia, Poland, Italy, Germany, Spain, India, and Israel. The protest was reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Nation, and other major news media:


2. The new book Cartoonists Against the Holocaust, by Dr. Rafael Medoff and Craig Yoe, is now available from:


3. Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Laurel Leff (Northeastern University) authored “Rebuffing Refugee Journalists: The Profession’s Failure to Help Jews Persecuted by Nazi Germany,” in Journalism and Communication Monographs:


4.  Dr. Rafael Medoff and Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath (University of Texas at Dallas) coauthored a letter in the Wall Street Journal concerning the Allies’ failure to bomb Auschwitz:


5. Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Gershon Greenberg (American University)

authored “The Early Holocaust Historiography of Mosheh Prager (Benei Berak): Concrete Data, Inner Faith, and Myth,” in Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History; and “R. Areleh Roth (Jerusalem): Pristine Faith Through Holocaust to Redemption,” in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. He spoke on “Harav Tsevi Yehudah Kook’s Impact on Religion and Violence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza” at the Church of Sweden Research Institute Forum on Mending the World? Religion as a Weapon in Conflicts and a Source of Peace, in Stockholm. Prof. Greenberg’s  Van Leer Institute (Jerusalem) address on “Metahistory and the Holocaust” was chosen as the opening essay in Zehuyot: Journal of Jewish Culture and Identity (2015).

6. Dr. Rafael Medoff addressed the recent Association of Jewish Librarians annual conference, on “The Voyage of the St. Louis as Seen in American Political Cartoons.”

7.  Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Zev Garber (Los Angeles Valley College) spoke on  “Emet: The Paradox of Death and Afterlife” and “Torah for Christians” at the 28th Annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization, “This World and the World to Come in Jewish Belief and Practice,” at the University of Nebraska on October 25-26.

8.  The Wyman Institute’s new Online Encyclopedia of America’s Response to the Holocaust continues to serve as an important resource for the public. View it at:  http://enc.wymaninstitute.org/

9. Copies of the Wyman Institute’s monograph, “Breaking the Rules: Violations of Academic Standards in the Debate Over FDR’s Response to the Holocaust,” by Dr. Rafael Medoff and Prof. Bat-Ami Zucker (Bar-Ilan University; Wyman Institute Academic Council) are available by writing to: info@wymaninstitute.org