Date(s) - Sunday, March 26, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Jewish Museum of Maryland
JMM is delighted to welcome Marlene Yahalom, Director of Education of the American Society of Yad Vashem. Ms. Yahalom will speak about the Auschwitz Birkenau blueprints, which are on display in “The Architecture of Murder” section of Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust, Humanity, now on view in the Samson, Rossetta, and Sadie B. Feldman Gallery.
Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps across Europe, has become synonymous with terror, extermination and the Holocaust. Through this talk we will learn more about the transition from persecution to murder, and the implementation of the Final Solution. Ms. Yahalom will take us through an exploration of the artifacts and blueprints that detail the camp’s construction and that constitute extraordinary documentation for the future and deepen our knowledge about this chapter in history.
About the Speaker: Marlene Warshawski Yahalom, PhD, is the Director of Education for the American Society for Yad Vashem. She is responsible for educational outreach and programs, professional development, teacher training and traveling exhibitions to raise the public’s awareness of the lessons of the Holocaust. She also serves on the Education Advisory Board of the Rose and Sigmund Strochlitz Holocaust Resource Center, Jewish Federation of Southeastern Connecticut, the Advisory Board of PRISM: an interdisciplinary journal for Holocaust educators, and on the Advisory Board of the Holocaust and Genocide Center at the College of St. Elizabeth.
Dr. Yahalom earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University and wrote her thesis on “The Role of Archives in Remembering the Holocaust: a Study in Collective Memory.” She also taught courses on the Holocaust – History and Collective Memory of the Holocaust, and Holocaust, Law and Human Rights. Dr. Yahalom is the child and grandchild of Holocaust Survivors.