Summer 2023 Seminar - FREE

The Holocaust in the Former Soviet Union: A Focus on Ukraine, Past & Present

Three-Day Virtual Seminar with In-Person Option on Day 3

Monday, June 26 - Wednesday, June 28, 2023Rudniki Forest
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joanna Sliwa
Pedagogical Consultant: Colleen Tambuscio


Application required for registration.

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Advance registration required by June 10

Daily Schedule:

9:00 AM–3:00 PM with a break for lunch 

Location: ZOOM with an option for Wednesday in person in New Brunswick, NJ.

Wednesday in-person program includes coffee break, lunch, resource materials, small group discussions. Meet N.J. author Meryl Frank who will talk about her new book Unearthed: A Lost Actress, a Forbidden Book, and a Search for Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Certificate of continuing education credits provided*

*Program meets New Jersey mandate to teach about the Holocaust and genocide.


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Natalia AleksiunNatalia Aleksiun is the Harry Rich Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She has written extensively on the history of Polish Jews, the Holocaust, Jewish intelligentsia in East Central Europe, Polish-Jewish relations, and modern Jewish historiography. She is the author of Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust (2021), and editor of several volumes, including Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, vol. 29: Writing Jewish History in Eastern Europe (2017) (with Brian Horowitz and Antony Polonsky) and European Holocaust Studies, vol. 3: Places, Spaces and Voids in the Holocaust (2021) (with Hana Kubátová). Currently, she is completing a new book about Jews in hiding in western Ukraine during the Holocaust.


Waitman BeornWaitman Wade Beorn is an assistant professor at Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Dr. Beorn was previously the Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, VA and the inaugural Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His publications include Marching Into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus (2014) and The Holocaust in Eastern Europe: At the Epicenter of the Final Solution (2018). He recently finished a book on the Janowska concentration camp outside of Lviv, Ukraine, tentatively entitled Between the Wires: The Janowska Camp and the Holocaust in Lviv. His next research project focuses on the postwar lives of Nazi perpetrators.


Meryl FrankMeryl Frank is president of Makeda Global Network, an international consulting firm that works with thousands of women worldwide. Her family memoir Unearthed: A Lost Actress, a Forbidden Book and a Search for Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust was published in April 2023.

Over a long and varied career, she has been an activist, a mayor (Highland Park, NJ), an ambassador, and a champion for women’s leadership and political participation around the world. In 2009, President Obama appointed her United States Representative and, subsequently, Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. In May of 2022, President Biden appointed Frank to a seat on the US Holocaust Memorial Council. She is also a member the Board of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.


Jochen HellbeckJochen Hellbeck is Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University and co-director of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis seminar “Repairing the Past”. His research centers on individual life stories and the shaping of the self in modern Europe, with a primary focus on the Soviet Union. His books include Revolution on My Mind: Writing a Diary under Stalin (2014), and Stalingrad: The City that Defeated the Third Reich (2016). In 2009 and 2010 he visited and interviewed former soldiers who had fought at Stalingrad in their homes in Russia and Germany. His website, Facing Stalingrad, features their portraits and voices.

Professor Hellbeck is currently working on two book projects - a documentary reader and a monograph. “Soviet Suffering under Nazi Rule” explores the first testimonies provided by Soviet survivors and other witnesses in the immediate aftermath of German occupation. Entitled “Total War,” the monograph presents a new reading of the Second World War centering on the Soviet Union.


John Paul HimkaJohn-Paul Himka is professor emeritus in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta, Canada. He has written extensively on Jews and the Holocaust in Ukraine. His latest research project was, “Ukrainians and the Holocaust in History and Memory.” His many publications include Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians (2009) and Religion and Nationality in Western Ukraine: The Greek Catholic Church and the Ruthenian National Movement in Galicia, 1867-1900 (1999).


Yurii KaparulinYurii Kaparulin is associate professor of History at Kherson State University (Ukraine). teaches courses related to 20th Century Eastern European History, Global Military History, Museum Studies, and History of Ukraine in the Second World War. He is the author of Intellectual Biography of a Historian: Oleksandr Ryabinin-Sklyarevsky, 1978-1942 (2014). Dr. Kaparulin is currently a Fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, where he will be conducting research for his project, “Jewish Agrarian Settlements in the Kherson Province: Between Soviet Modernization and the Holocaust, 1921-1947.” Through his work, Dr. Kaparulin will examine how Jewish history of southern Ukraine is remembered today, and how the Holocaust is remembered throughout the Ukraine.


This professional development workshop for educators is presented under the auspices of the Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center (HRC) and the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University.

The workshop is open to middle and high school educators, and it includes educational materials and professional development credits. An application is required to attend. Applicants should have at least one year of teaching experience and at least one year of involvement with Holocaust/genocide education or currently be pursuing a master of education degree.