Gratz College Insider
November 2016
In This Issue
The Arnold and Esther Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In
Keynote Speaker
Deborah Lipstadt
Holocaust Denial: 
History on Trial
November 13, 2016
1:30 pm
Better Together

The Jewish Community High School of Gratz College is proud to announce their participation in the Better Together Program. Learn more.
Movies @ Gratz

December 3,  7:00 pm,
with producer and director Lacey Schwartz,
and  Sunday,
December 4,  2:00 pm,
film only.
Contact: Mindy Cohen
Gratz College CLE
December 14, 2016
8:15 am - 4:45 pm
8:45 - 12:15 - TBD
12:45 - 4:15 -  Autism Services and the Law in PA:  
A panel presentation on the right to treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Pennsylvania. 
Contact: Mindy Cohen
Continuing Education Update
Gratz College
Real Estate Institute
Earn a Pennsylvania real estate salesperson license through 
Gratz College.
Contact: Lori Cohen
Leona P. Kramer 
Art Gallery
Jewish Europe Then and Now
Martin Levin - Handcrafted Sculpture
Juie LaFair Miller-
November 7, 2016
 January 6, 2017

All sales from the gallery benefit Gratz College.

Gallery Hours:
Monday though Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday - Please call 215 635-7300.
Contact; Dodi Klimoff
Contact Us
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Dear Friends,

At Gratz, we are very excited about the upcoming Arnold and Esther Tuzman Memorial Holocaust Teach-In. This biennial event, which commemorates Kristallnacht, draws throngs of people to the College for insightful programming on Holocaust and genocide-related topics. 

In recognition of the Teach-In, all the columns in this issue of The Insider have some connection to the Holocaust, whether it's the story of the Gratz alumna who is preserving the music of Holocaust-era composers, or the thoughtful piece by Professor Michael Steinlauf on Jewish memory work in Poland, or the recipe for plum cake from a Holocaust survivor. There's also a review of the new film "Denial," based on the legal battle against Holocaust denial fought by Deborah Lipstadt, who is the keynote speaker at our Holocaust Teach-In.

Thank you for your enthusiastic support of the Teach-In. 

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Joy W. Goldstein
Remembering Polish Jews
Reconstructed synagogue in Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Photo by Magdalena Starowieyska, Dariusz Golik.
In an article on his recent trip to Warsaw, Gratz Professor Michael Steinlauf weaves a figure from Yiddish literature, the dybbuk, into his discussion of Jewish memory work in Poland, pointing to successes and to current political challenges. Read Dr. Steinlauf's compelling article.
A Walk Through the Stacks Yields an Unexpected Discovery at Gratz's Tuttleman Library
Nancy Nitzberg
Recently, while searching for a publication at the end of a long aisle in the library stacks, Gratz Director of Library Services Nancy Nitzberg noticed something - something exciting, something rare, something that would expand the library's collection of contemporary accounts on the rise of Nazism. Read more.
Review of the Movie 'Denial': Free Speech and the Fight Against Holocaust Deniers

With Deborah Lipstadt as the keynote speaker for the Holocaust Teach-In, we have included a review of the new movie Denial , adapted from Lipstadt's book History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier . For the review, by Gratz writer Jodi Benjamin, read more.
Student Spotlight on David Cotter: Bringing Holocaust and Genocide Studies to the Military
Col. (Ret.) David Cotter
Many of our Holocaust and Genocide Studies students teach in small towns throughout the country, from York, Pennsylvania, to rural Alaska. One student, retired Col. David Cotter, teaches in a very different educational setting: the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where his students are military officers. Read more.
Alumni Spotlight on Dr. Lori Shipley: Giving Life to Music Lost in the Holocaust
Dr. Lori Shipley
Dutch composer Marius Flothuis was a prisoner in a concentration camp in the Netherlands. In 1944, he composed a piece as a birthday gift for a flutist and fellow prisoner. Although the flutist did not survive, the musical composition did. This piece will be played at the Holocaust Teach-In by Dr. Lori Shipley, a Gratz alumna dedicated to preserving the music of victims of the Holocaust. Read more.
Meet Our Gratz College Board of Governors: Professor Sharon Portnoff Comes Full Circle
Dr. Sharon Portnoff
Gratz College was radiating with good karma when Dr. Sharon Portnoff, the Elie Wiesel Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Connecticut College, joined our board of governors. Through her service to the board, this distinguished professor is giving back to Gratz, a place that helped shape her own academic and career path. Read more.
The Gratz Gourmet
Hanna Silver
For this issue of The Insider, Josey Fisher, director of the Holocaust Oral History Archive at Gratz, shares with us a recipe for plum cake from Hanna Silver, z"l (1910-2003), a Holocaust survivor and former Archive volunteer. Fisher also shares Hanna's story with us, as well as some personal memories. Read more.