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The Voices of Descendants: The Continued Impact of the Holocaust

Presentation Date: 05/02/23
Location: Zoom

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The third meeting in our three-part program about the voices of the second and third generation in writing will take place via Zoom on Tuesday May 2/2023 at 2:30 pm EDT. The program will host two grandsons who published books about the history of their families. Those wishing to join can register by following the link obtained by clicking on the image below.

Noah Lederman is the grandson of Leon and Hadasa Lederman, who survived the Holocaust in concentration camps in Poland. Noah began coaxing fragments of stories out of his aging grandmother after the death of his beloved grandfather, and over a decade of collecting these fragments, delving into extensive research and traveling back to the town where his grandfather grew up, published a book, “A World Erased” , which is available in English. This story documents the different relationships of the second and third generation to the survivors’ history, and the continued profound meaning of the complex legacy of the Holocaust in the identity and life of the third generation.

Emanuel Rosen is the grandchild of Dr. Hugo Mendel, and his wife Lutzi. Dr. Mendel was an established attorney who was banned from his profession and forced to flee Germany due to the rise of Nazism. Dr. Mendel committed suicide after a trip back to Germany, when Emanuel was a young child. Perhaps attempting to understand the decision of his grandfather to end his life after this trip, Emanuel embarked on a journey following his grandparents’ trail of postcards sent to their daughter in Israel. The story of this family, the different adaptations of ‘Opa” and ‘Oma’ to their life in Palestine and then in the nascent State of Israel, extends the narrative of genocide to include the tragedies suffered by uprooting and forced dislocation of refugees. Emanuel Rosen’s book, titledĀ  “If Anyone Calls, Tell Them I Died” is his fourth book and is now available in English, German, and Hebrew.

Looking forward to seeing you at the program,

Irit Felsen


  1. Jana Zimmer says

    I look forward to hearing this presentation. I would be pleased to present on my own book “Chocolates from Tangier”, (Doppelhouse Press 2023) which takes a multi genre, (art, memoir,journal, poetry) multi voices approach (autobiographies of my parents, both Auschwitz survivors, each the sole survivor of their families. It has been well received in California, and described by experts as ‘moving and original’.

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. * says

      Hello Jana,

      Thank you very much for the email! I am going to look for your book!

      I am in awe of how many talented artists, writers and other professionals are amongst us! If these programs garner much interest, we can consider another series in the future. At this time, the program was planned to include only these three segments.

      With warm regards,

      Irit Felsen

  2. Are your programs recorded to access at another time? I work the hours listed and I’m on the west coast. Thank you for all you do.

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. says

      Dear Margaret,

      I totally understand, and like you, have to listen often to the recordings of other colleagues’ presentations since sometimes I am unavailable to participate in real time.

      The programs are recorded and the links have been posted on my blog and also on the website of the Museum of Jewish Heritage under ‘events’ .

      Thank you very much for your interest and for your appreciative comment!


  3. Agnes Schlanger says

    The title says presentation is on 5/3/23 the text says 5/2/23. Which one?

    • Irit Felsen, Ph.D. * says

      Thanks for pointing out the typo! It is indeed TOMORROW Tues. May 2; the blog entry has been corrected.

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