What issues do the Second Generation face as they care for the First Generation, and what is the impact on the Third Generation of their parent/s becoming carers? Further details to follow.
Archives for 2021
Following on from our series of events, ‘Writing the Holocaust’, a panel of Second Generation speakers will share their experiences of how they managed to publish their writings, and provide helpful advice and tips. Merilyn Moos explored her Holocaust and anti-Nazi heritage in The Language of Silence, Breaking the Silence, Beaten but not Defeated and Anti-Nazi Germans; researching the effect of the Holocaust upon the lives of relatives was covered by Rosemary Schonfeld in Finding Relly: My Family, The Holocaust and Me, and by Nick Barlay in Scattered Ghosts, longlisted for the JQ Wingate Prize 2015. These authors will share their experiences of various publishing models, set out some of the advantages and disadvantages and answer Members’ questions.
The Zoom event will start at 6.30 p.m. BDT with access from 6.15pm.
Register for this panel discussion at: https://publishing-holocaust.eventbrite.co.uk
John Dunston will be discussing with Jonathan Lichtenstein his first book, The Berlin Shadow: Living with the Ghosts of the Kindertransport, a memoir confronting the trauma of the 20th century and its effects on the father and son. Jonathan Lichtenstein is a professor, playwright, and author. Jonathan’s plays have been performed in London, Edinburgh, New York, Berlin, Chicago, Sydney, Dresden, Cardiff and elsewhere. His first play opened at the Soho Theatre in London in 2000. The Berlin Shadow is currently being translated into numerous languages.
Lichtenstein says “The Berlin Shadow is about the journey I took with my father where we traced the route of his escape from Nazi Germany on one of the ‘Kindertransports’. My father was 12 when he travelled alone from Berlin to London. He had never talked about what happened to him. During the journey he began to talk about the loss of his family and country. Every situation was riddled with quarrels and rows – though this made him very funny.
The Zoom event will start at 6.30pm BST with access from 6.15pm.
Register for this exciting discussion at: https://berlin-shadows.eventbrite.co.uk
Pamala Stuurhoofd and Jessica van Tijn, directors of the documentary “Truus’ Children”, will discuss the making of the documentary and the creation of the Truus Wijsmuller Archive with Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain. Q & A will follow, along with an open discussion time.
The documentary asks important questions, including ‘Why did Truus Wijsmuller never get the recognition she deserves?’ The directors will tell the story of Truus and tackle this question. For more information, go to: www.truus-children.com
See the recent article in the Jewish News about Truus and the documentary. https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/the-little-known-female-nicholas-winton-who-saved-10000-jewish-children/
The Zoom event will start at 6.30pm BST, with access from 6.15pm to check connections.
Registration on Eventbrite at
Truus Wijsmuller, a recognised hero, is not a household name but will be familiar to anyone with a knowledge of the Kindertransport. A Dutch social worker, she was sent to negotiate a rescue deal with Adolf Eichmann. The first transport was possibly a joke by Eichmann but Wijsmuller was able to fill a train with Jewish children within a couple of days. She was allowed to repeat this regularly with no more than 150 children on each transport. She continued until the last ship left IJmuiden in Holland on 14 May 1940, the day The Netherlands capitulated to Germany. Her efforts were instrumental in rescuing some 10,000 children – the Kinder. Truus was one of the first rescuers honoured as a Righteous Gentile (in 1966).
The Second Generation Network has arranged a time-limited viewing of the documentary with a donation of €10 (approximately £8.50) to the Truus Wijsmuller Archive.
To receive your private film viewing link register at: https://truus-children_tickets.eventbrite.co.uk