Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe
Thursday, January 25, 2024 at noon - Webinar
Bio: Rebecca Erbelding is a historian of American responses to the Holocaust and the author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe, published by Doubleday in 2018, which won the National Jewish Book Award for Writing Based on Archival Material. She served as a historical advisor and an on-camera expert in Florentine Films’ The U.S. and the Holocaust, directed by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, which debuted on PBS in September 2022. She is an educator, curator, and archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and frequently presents on the War Refugee Board; US immigration policy during the 1930s; and the “Hoecker album,” a photograph album owned by Karl Hoecker, the final adjutant to the commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Her work on the Hoecker album has been adapted into a theatrical production, Here There are Blueberries, written by Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich, and developed by the Tectonic Theater Project. She holds a PhD in American History from George Mason University.
Hope and Honor: Jewish Resistance in the Ghettos of Warsaw, Vilna, and Łódź
Thursday, February 22, 2024 at noon
Bio: Rachel L. Einwohner is a political sociologist who studies social movements. Her research focuses on the dynamics of protest and resistance and her interests include questions related to protest emergence and effectiveness, the role of gender and other identities in protest dynamics, protesters’ sense of efficacy, and the creation of solidarity in diverse movements. She has explored these topics with theoretically-driven analyses of a diverse set of movements and cases of protest, including the U.S. animal rights movement, the college-based anti-sweatshop movement, and Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. She is also part of an interdisciplinary research team that has used Twitter (now X) data to examine diversity and inclusion in contemporary social movements. Her published work has appeared in journals such as the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and Mobilization and has received funding from the NSF and the NEH. She has also co-edited two books: The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women's Social Movement Activism (with Holly J. McCammon, Verta Taylor, and Jo Reger; Oxford University Press, 2017) and Identity Work in Social Movements (with Jo Reger and Daniel J. Myers; University of Minnesota Press, 2008). Her most recent book, Hope and Honor: Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 2022) won the 2023 Charles Tilly Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements in the American Sociological Association.