Remembering across the Iron Curtain – The Emergence of Holocaust Memory in the Cold War Era

2-4 September, York University

A Joint Conference of the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, University of York and the Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences in co-operation with the Aleksander Brückner Center for Polish Studies

The Cold War influenced how people, societies and states dealt with and understood the Holocaust and its aftereffects. Challenging previous perceptions of the West as the democratic “Free World” that embraced commemoration and the East as totalitarian and repressive, the papers in this conference will examine how political interests influenced commemoration in both East and West. At the same time speakers will show how individual actors carved out space to remember the Holocaust in ways that stood at odds with the dominant narratives. Examining communal, individuals and state efforts, from the Soviet Union to the US, from Hungary to France, this conference will provide opportunities to re-evaluate the commonalities, differences and entanglements between Eastern and Western memory of the Holocaust.

Speakers include: Jeffrey Herf (University of Maryland, College Park), Eli Lederhendler (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Nadège Ragaru (CERI, Science Po, Paris), David Shneer (University of Colorado, Boulder), Stefan Troebst (Leipzig University, Germany), Isabel Wollaston (University of Birmingham), Arkadi Zeltser (Yad Vashem, Jerusalem)

Venue:  University of York, Bowland Auditorium

Admission for the conference:  *two days £35   *two days with dinner £60   *one day £20

Opening event: Sunday, 2 September, 19:00

David Shneer: Art is My Weapon: The Radical Musical Life of Lin Jaldati

Venue: Black Box Theatre, York University. Public event, free admission

Registration: Please register your interest with Caroline Mead,


For further information please contact the organizers:

Anna Koch ( and Stephan Stach (

Conference Website:–conference/

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB) Events

For anyone interested in their Jewish heritage or local Jewish history some or all of these events by the Leeds region of JGSGB may well be of interest:

3rd September 2018: Wilberforce Museum Hull Archivist is speaker Dr Nick Evans on a talk TBA in conj. with the JHS

Educational Opportunities

The autumn term of courses offered by the Leo Baeck College in Finchley, which trains all the progressive rabbis in the UK has now finished.  For information about next year’s course please go to:

If you have any further questions, please contact Jarek:, 020 8349 5600.

Regeneration of Clifford’s Tower Area – Consultation

As part of the My Castle Gateway project, City of York Council and My Future York are working with anyone interested in shaping the future of Castle Gateway, an area which includes Fossgate, Walmgate, Piccadilly, Foss Basin and Castle area and Eye of York.

As many members of the community have a particular interest in this area, especially of course, Clifford’s Tower, we are looking to engage as a community, as well as encouraging individuals to give their views.

For more details on the Castle Gateway project see:

For more details of the approach see:

Limmud Events

See for these wonderful cross-communal educational events which are spread across the UK throughout the year.

 Ebor Lecture series at the York St John’s University

The Ebor Lectures is an ecumenical project jointly organised by York MinsterYork St John UniversityThe Order of CarmelitesThe York and Hull District of the Methodist Church and The C. & J. B. Morrell Trust. This series of lectures aims to promote public conversation and to contribute to the formation of personal decisions and collective policy-making in economic, political and social spheres. It is also an ecumenical project that seeks to exchange insights between academic and religious traditions and to build bridges between church and other religious groups. The lectures relate faith to public concerns including politics, economics, contemporary culture, religion and spirituality, society and globalisation, local and global Christianity.

Details of the lectures and how to book tickets can be found on the Ebor Lectures website (

Jewish Heritage Walks around Yorkshire

Nigel Grizzard, a good friend of our community and a Jewish historian, is leading a series of walks to explore the Jewish heritage of a number of Northern Cities including Bradford, Harrogate and Ilkley.   Strongly recommended!  For more information see Jewish Heritage Days 2018.

Thursday 4th October in York at 11am. See page 11 of the booklet attached above.
Tales of Jewish York
Sunday 7th October in Bradford at 11am. See page 12 of the booklet. 
In the Footsteps of Rabbi Dr Joseph Strauss and the Reverend Isaac Livingstone: stories of Bradford’s Jewish Community.

Sunday 7th October in Bradford at 14.30. See page 12 of the booklet.

 ‘The Grand Philanthropist, his great nephew and the German Consul’ stories of Little Germany, Bradford’s Historic Merchant Quarter.
Sunday October 14th in Chapeltown, Leeds at 11am. See page 13 of the booklet.
Chapeltown and its Jewish Stories.
Sunday October 14th in Saltaire, Bradford at 14.30. See page 13 of the booklet.
‘Trouble at Mill’: Stories of the Jewish Mill owners along the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
The cost of each walk is £8 per person. To book your place(s)  for these popular walks email:

Regular YLJC Events 

Judaism 101 withGabriel Webber, Third Thursdays of each month during term time, 7-9pm

Judaism 101 is our flagship adult education programme, held monthly during term time.   Click here for more details.

Time and Venue: 7pm, Monthly on third Thursdays as advertised, Garden Room, Friargate Meeting House (unless otherwise stated)

Torah study and Havdalah, Saturdays ad hoc

An  self-led group from the community and JSoc gather for informal Torah study, discussion and Havdalah irregularly on Saturday afternoons at the JSoc flat approaching sunset.   Email Adrian to email for details of next meeting.

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