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©Gilad Seliktar, illustration from “13 Secrets”. The drawing depicts the night the Germans attacked Achterfeld, the last hiding place where Nico and Rolf Camp hid during the war

Jewish Responses to Persecution and Rescue Efforts during the Holocaust


Tuesday 10 May 2022

  • 14.30-15.00 Welcome: Willem Ledeboer (NIA)
  • 15.00-16.15 Keynote I: Discussant Dienke Hondius
    • Bart Wallet (University of Amsterdam): Victimhood and agency. Historiographical, methodological and comparative issues in the study of Jewish responses to persecution

16.15-16.30 Break

  • 16.30-17.30 Session I: Chair Bart Wallet
    • Giorgos Antoniou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki): Social distance and social ties in interwar Thessaloniki and the Holocaust
    •  Stratos Dordanas (University of Macedonia): “Hunters and prey”: German intelligence and persecution networks in occupied Greek Macedonia and the Jews
  • 17.45-18.45 Session II: Chair Philip Carabott
    • Iason Chandrinos (University of Regensburg): The Jews of Greece and the National Liberation Front (EAM): Studying the geographies of resistance and survival
    • Paris Papamichos Chronakis (Royal Holloway, University of London): The Holocaust in the Aegean: Greek Jews, rescue networks and the lived geography of maritime escape

18.45-19.15 Break

  • 19.15-20.15 Session III: Anna Maria Droumpouki
    • Joana Bürger (University of Washington):  Greece as Transit Space for Jewish Refugees: Greek Jews’ Refugee Relief Work (1933-1941)
    • Philip Carabott (Workshop on the Study of the Jews of Greece, NGO): “Hiding here, there, everywhere”: The people and their stories behind the numbers

Wednesday 11 May 2022

  • 13.30-15.00 Session IV: Chair Geraldien von Frijtag
    • Joanna Beata Michlic (University College London): Rescue acts and rescue dynamics through the lenses of older Jewish child survivors from Poland: The first accounts (1945-1949)
    • Kateřina Králová (Charles University, Prague): Matalon family secrets: Silenced memories and network dynamics in Holocaust testimonies
    • Anna Maria Droumpouki (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich): Remembering hiding and rescue in Greek-Jewish survivors’ oral testimonies
  • 15.15-16.30 Keynote II: Discussant Philip Carabott
    • Odette Varon-Vassard (Jewish Museum of Greece):Extermination, rescue and Resistance in a familial history and the transmission of memory

16.30-16.45 Break

  • 16.45-17.45 Session V: Chair Willem Ledeboer
    • Dienke Hondius (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): The voice of Jewish survivors of hiding
    • Geraldien von Frijtag (Utrecht University): Hiding in Hilversum: Α microhistorical approach

17.45-18.15 Break

  • 18.15-19.15 Session VI: Chair Dienke Hondius
    • Angel Chorapchiev (Yad Vashem): Illegal emigration and rescue efforts from Bulgaria (1939-1941)
    • Nevena Bajalica (Terraforming, NGO): Hidden in the hospital: The rescue of a group of Jews on a death march from the Bor mine
  • 19.30-20.45 Keynote III: Discussant Bart Wallet
    • Natalia Aleksiun (PIASt-fellow, Polish Academy of Sciences): When Fajga left Tadeusz. The afterlife of survivors’ wartime relationships

21.15-: Speakers’ Dinner

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