2014 Rescue in Budapest Series
The 70th Anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg's Mission to Save the Last Jews of Europe
A Series of Lectures, Films and Special Events
Fall 2014: October 6- December 18
Montclair State University is featuring a series of free public events, lectures, panels, films, art exhibit and a concert to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg’s mission to Budapest in 1944. Focusing on three themes-- the humanitarian rescue of Jews, the Holocaust in Hungary, and the history and culture of Hungarian Jewry.
The events explore the nature of rescue in the face of Nazi determination to make Europe Judenrein (free of Jews) and the penalties for assisting Jews. The program also examines the cultural and scientific accomplishments of Hungary’s Jews and the history of anti-Semitism in Hungary.
Montclair State University’s Global Education Center, Harry A. Sprague Library, College of the Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Communication and Media, WMSC Radio, Jewish American Studies Program, Office of Equity and Diversity, and Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Project
This series was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Additional support has been provided by The Hungarian Initiatives Foundation, Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest, Congregation B'nai Keshet of Montclair, Temple Ner Tamid of Bloomfield, Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and Montclair Public Library.
October 6 through December 18 8:30am-4:30pm
Life Hall Public Exhibition Space
Waldsee: 1944 Art Exhibit and Raoul Wallenberg Poster Exhibit
Waldsee: 1944 is an ongoing exhibit of artistic renderings of postcards the Germans forced Jewish deportees to send to their families to deceive them regarding their living conditions. The poster exhibit provides a brief biographical account of Raoul Wallenberg’s life and accomplishments.
Monday October 20 7:00 p.m. Temple Ner Tamid 936 Broad Street, Bloomfield NJ
I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary
Author and journalist Marianne Szegedy-Maszak (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, etc.) recounts her parents’ life and escape from Hungary during the war. The daughter of a Hungarian and Christian diplomat father and a mother from a wealthy Jewish industrialist family, their story provides a glimpse of Hungarian Jewish life during this tumultuous period.
Thursday October 23 7:00 p.m. University Hall, Room 1020
Raoul Wallenberg: His Life and Rescue Mission
Author and journalist Alex Kershaw (author of “The Bedford Boys” and “The Longest Winter” and journalist for the Guardian, Independent, and the Sunday Times of London), discusses Raoul Wallenberg’s life and his decision to dedicate himself to rescue Hungarian Jews. Kershaw’s book on Raoul Wallenberg , The Envoy: The Epic Rescue of the Last Jews of Europe in the Desperate Closing Months of World War II, was published in 2010 by Da Capo Press.
Friday October 24 2:00 p.m. Montclair Public Library, 50 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ
Missing Hero: The Disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg
Author and journalist Alex Kershaw discusses the mysterious disappearance of Swedish Diplomat Raoul Wallenberg when he sought to meet with Russian authorities following the liberation of Hungary.
Monday October 27 7:00 p.m. Cohen Lounge Dickson Hall
The Legacy of the “Martians of Science”: Five Jewish Hungarian-American Scientists Who Reshaped the 20th Century
A panel consisting of moderator Professor Laurel Leff (Northeastern University), Michael Gordin (Princeton University), Tibor Frank (Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest) and Alex Wellerstein (American Institute of Physics) reflect on the contributions of five Hungarian Jewish Scientists who escaped from Nazi Europe and found refuge in the U.S. The “Martians of Science” sought to defend the allies by developing the A-Bomb, computers, rockets engines, etc.
Wednesday October 29 7:00 p.m. Bnai Keshet, 99 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Double Exile: The Exodus of Hungarian-Jewish Scholars, Artists, and Professionals through Germany to the U.S. (1919-1945)
Tibor Frank (Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest) assesses the 1919-1945 migration of Hungarian-Jewish scholars, artists, scientists and professionals to Germany and their eventual resettlement in the U.S. after the Nazis seized control of the German government.
Monday, November 3 7pm Temple Ner Tamid, 936 Broad St. Bloomfield, NJ
Jews Needed, but Need Not Apply: Jews and Antisemitism in the Hungarian Film Industry in the 1930s and 40s
David Frey (United States Military Academy, West Point) discusses the critical role Jews played in the development of the sound film industry in Hungary during the 1930s, and how Hungarian authorities subsequently attempted to remove Jewish Hungarians from employment in the industry.
Tuesday November 4 7:00 p.m. University Hall Room 1010
Lecture and Film Screening
Who was Hannah Senesh and What Was Her Mission: Screening of “Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh”
Louis Levine, independent museum consultant and lecturer, discusses the making of the film “Blessed is the Match” and his own research on poet Hannah Senesh’s ostensibly failed rescue mission to Hungary in November 1944.
Wednesday November 5 6:15pm Cohen Lounge Dickson Hall
Anti-Semitism in Prewar Hungary
Peter Pastor (Montclair State University) details how the Hungarian government of the 20s, 30s and 40s pursued an increasingly anti-Semitic policy which restricted the freedoms of Hungary’s Jews, setting the stage for more anti-Jewish measures.
Monday November 10 7:00 p.m. Cohen Lounge Dickson Hall
The Fate of Hungarian Jewry, 1939-1944
Moderator Peter Pastor, (Montclair State University), Gyorgy Csepeli (Eotvos Lorand University), and Julia Bock, (Long Island University) consider the developments leading to the Hungarian Government’s collaboration with the Nazis in 1944, permitting the transport of Hungary’s Jews to concentration camps like Auschwitz.
Wednesday November 12 7:00p.m. Bnai Keshet 99 S. Fullerton Ave. , Montclair
National Identity, Anti-Semitism, and Perceptions of the Holocaust in Contemporary Hungary
Gyorgy Csepeli (Eotvos Lorand University) analyzes the role of group identification in contemporary Hungary in contributing to Anti-Semitism and intolerance towards other minorities like the Roma, and how these biases influence the way Hungarians view the Holocaust.
Thursday November 13 7:00 p.m. Cohen Lounge Dickson Hall
Diplomatic Rescuers of Budapest: Carl Lutz, Friedrich Born, Giorgio Perlasca, and Monsignor Angelo Rotta
Mordecai Paldiel (Yeshiva University) recounts the little known rescue efforts of four diplomats who worked individually and together to protect the last remaining Jewish community in Hungary (and central Europe) from the Nazis and their Hungarian collaborators.
Monday November 17 5:30 p.m. Sprague Library Room 110
Waldsee: 1944- A Contemporary Art Exhibit on the Holocaust in Hungary
Laura Kruger (Hebrew Union College-JIR Museum) discusses the artwork and history behind the Waldsee: 1944 exhibit which consists of artist renderings of the fictitious postcards the Nazis forced the Jewish deportees to send to their families to mislead them about their conditions.
7:00 PM Reception Life Hall Exhibition Space.
Wednesday November 19 7:00 p.m. Congregation Bnai Keshet 99 S. Fullerton Ave. , Montclair
Lecture and Film Screening
“The Last Days” by Steven Spielberg
Ivan Sanders (Columbia University) explains how the story of five Holocaust survivors in the film, most of whom had some connection with Raoul Wallenberg, effectively captures the rapidly unfolding tragedy of the Jews of Hungary.
Thursday November 20 4:00 p.m. Cohen Lounge Dickson Hall
In Sunshine and in Shadow, We Remember Them
Vera Goodkin (New Jersey Commission of Holocaust Education) relates her experiences as a Holocaust survivor, which were published in her memoir, about her family’s rescue by Raoul Wallenberg in Hungary after they fled Czechoslovakia in 1944.
Monday December 1 7:00pm location Unitarian Church.
Klezmer Music from the Former Hungarian Empire
Yale Strom and his Hot Pstromi band perform traditional klezmer tunes from various regions of the Austro-Hungarian empire. This "Hungarian Jewish" music was especially popular in eastern Hungary, the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania before World War II, and experienced a revival many years after the war.
Tuesday December 2 7:00 p.m. University Hall Room 1040
Lecture and Film Screening
How the Rom (Gypsies) rescued Hungarian Klezmer Music: Screening of “A Man from Munkacs: Gypsy Klezmer”
Yale Strom (San Diego State University) introduces his film “A Man from Munkacs” and describes how the Rom (Gypsies) performed the Klezmer music of their Hungarian Jewish neighbors at Jewish celebrations and preserved the music for Jews to reclaim after the Holocaust.
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