Life in the Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust
The Tennessee Holocaust Commission (THC) announces the 2013 Irvin and Elizabeth Limor Holocaust Education Conference scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 8:00 am—3:30 pm at the Middle Tennessee State University Campus in the Learning Resource Center Room 221. This day is specifically designed for middle and high school teachers and students and is one day of the four day International Holocaust Studies Conference series at MTSU, titled, Global Perspectives on the Holocaust. Educators are encouraged to identify mature students to accompany them to the conference. Teachers bringing students should fill out the attached student registration form with the number of students who will accompany them to the conference. A student registration form is attached to the panel on the left or click here. To register for other days in the series please visit the MTSU event webpage by clicking here. Please note there is a charge to register for conference events outside of this particular day. This year’s program will feature hidden children Dr. Nelly Toll, and Mr. John Koenigsberg.
Dr. Toll was born in Lvov, Poland. As a young child, Dr. Toll was sent to live with a sympathetic Polish family. While in hiding, Dr. Toll painted 64 watercolors of family, friends, and children. Her vivid illustrations combine fairy tale figures with pre-war memories and depict a fantasy world, freedom, and child’s play. Dr. Toll and her mother, the family’s sole survivors, immigrated to the U.S. in 1951, where Dr. Toll was able to pursue advanced degrees in both art and education. She is currently an adjunct professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and teaches courses on the art, film, and literature of the Holocaust. Dr. Toll’s 1993 memoir, Behind the Secret Window, won nine awards and has been performed in the Netherlands and throughout the U.S. Her paintings hang at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Her artwork exhibits travel all over the world and she regularly lectures on her personal story, on art, and on the Holocaust.
Mr. Koenigsberg, was born in Amsterdam, Holland and spent three years as a young boy hiding from Nazis and living with a Catholic family in the southern Dutch province of Limsburg. His grandfather and many other family members were killed during the Holocaust. His father was part of the Dutch resistance. Mr. Koenigsberg will speak about the Snijckers family who hid him from the Nazis and his work to ensure that they received the honor of “Righteous Among Nations” at Yad Vashem in Israel. He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio, and has raised three children and five grandchildren. Mr. Koenigsberg speaks extensively to schools and organizations about his experiences as a young boy during the Holocaust.
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- Breakout Sessions: Please indicate your breakout session preference on the registration form. Please list each of your attending students and their breakout preferences on the student registration form. To register as a teacher please click the Teachers Register Now button below or on the frame located to the left side of this page. To register students click here and send to Ariana Ramos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lunch: Lunch will not be provided as part of the conference. We encourage participants to eat on the MTSU Campus at the McCallie Dining Hall. All meals in the McCallie Dining Hall cost $7.00 plus tax.
- Parking: Parking is available anywhere on the MTSU Campus due to the MTSU fall break schedule. The best parking location is the Paul W. Martin Senior Honors building parking lot. A campus map is provided to assist you with parking and campus locations. This map indicates handicapped accessible parking spaces. If you require additional assistance with accessibility please contact us. To access the map click here.