28th Horvitz Scholar-in-Residence Series

75 Since ’45: The Holocaust & Its Enduring Legacy
with Dr. Hanna Yablonka of Ben-Gurion University

Feb 9–23, 2020 

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About the Presenter | About the Program 

Hand Holding StarThe war was over on May 8, 1945, but what lies between V-E Day and Liberation? Where does the Holocaust really end, and how and why did it become an epoch changing event? This series will dwell on “the day after” from the Jewish perspective and no less from the human perspective.

We will ask and answer questions of historical, ethical, judicial and social nature, weaving in memory, commemoration and narratives. A major focus will be on the survivors of the Holocaust and their inspiring decisions, actions and lessons in the 75 years since liberation.

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*Thanks to a generous donation from Shirley & Sig Horvitz and Carol & Paul Horvitz, this year’s Horvitz Scholar-in-Residence program will be free, unless otherwise noted.

Lectures and Mini Courses

75 Since ’45: The Holocaust & Its Enduring Legacy
Sunday, Feb 9 | 4:00 PM
The war was over on May 8, 1945, but what lies between V-E Day and Liberation? Given all the postwar challenges, where does the Holocaust really end, and what has been its long term effect on the fate of the Jewish people in the 75 years since? 

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The Holocaust and Jurisdiction
Monday & Tuesday, Feb 10 & 11 | 7:30 PM
Using the lens of the Nuremberg Trial as well as a few others, this course will examine the changing perception of the Holocaust over time and how it affected legislation as well as jurisdiction. 

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The Days After the Holocaust: A Historical Profile
Thursday, Feb 13 | 7:30 PM
ALTERNATE LOCATION: Holocaust Museum Houston
This lecture will follow the chronology, state of mind, essential and existential questions and big decisions faced by the Jewish people after the Holocaust.

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Yad Vashem

The Holocaust: Essence, Significance, Aftermath
Sunday, Feb 16 | 10:15 AM
ALTERNATE LOCATION: Congregation Beth Israel
The Shoah (Holocaust) is considered an epoch-changing event. However, its definition has never been collectively agreed upon. What do we mean when we say Shoah? How did something like this happen in the center of Europe? Is it a unique event in history? What lessons have we learned?

$10 Lecture | $20 Lecture & Lunch

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ילדים בסדר גמור
The Collective Biography of the First Generation of Native-Born Israelis
Sunday, Feb 16 | 4:00 PM
This lecture will be IN HEBREW.
Using her latest book, Dr. Yablonka will speak about the first Jewish children to be born into a Jewish state as part of the majority. Was it a generation of redemption? Or just the Jewish ‘baby boomers’?

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Shaping Holocaust Memory in Israel, 1945-2020
Monday & Tuesday, Feb 17 & 18 | 7:30 PM
This course will address the dynamic memory of the Holocaust in Israel: what were the major turning points, and how have they changed over the years? How does this memory reflect the changes in historical circumstances as well as those in Israel’s social fabric?

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Mizrahi Jews & The Holocaust
Wednesday, Feb 19 | 4:00 PM
ALTERNATE LOCATION | Rice University,  6100 Main St
As the Holocaust has become a pivotal element in Israeli and Jewish identity, it seems crucial to ask how the Mizrahi Jews—Jews of North African and Middle Eastern descent—connect to it. What is their place in the collective memory?

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Concentration Camp

Survivors of the Holocaust: Myth and Reality
Wednesday, Feb 19 | 7:30 PM
How do we define who is a “survivor”? What was the survivors’ collective image and who are they as individuals? Last but not least, what legacy do they leave for us?

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The Trial of Adolf Eichmann
Thursday, Feb 20 | 7:30 PM
Sixty years after the capture of Eichmann, Dr. Yablonka will present this important film and offer reflections about his trial in Jerusalem, a subject of one of her books. The main issues concerning the trial are: its impact on memory and discourse, the question of what is evil and the significance of the trial being held in Jerusalem.

$12.50 Member | $17.50 Public

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The Legacy of the Holocaust: Where Do We Go From Here?
Sunday, Feb 23 | 4:00 PM
What legacy has the Holocaust left us, and who is responsible for ensuring its continuity? What are the challenges facing Holocaust remembrance as the survivors become fewer and fewer in number and anti-Semitism is on the rise in the U.S. and Europe? Where do we go from here?

This panel will include representatives from the Anti-Defamation League, the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance at Rice University and Holocaust Museum Houston. 

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About the Presenter

Hanna Yablonka

Dr. Hanna Yablonka teaches in the History Department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and was also the founder and Chair of their Israel Studies Department. Her research has focused on the cultural and social impact of the Shoah (Holocaust) on Israeli society, and she has authored and edited many articles and books on these subjects.

Dr. Yablonka is currently a member of the Yad Vashem Council, Chair of Governors of the Memorial Museum of Hungarian Speaking Jewry in Safed and Chief Historian of the Ghetto Fighters’ House, Itzhak Katznelson Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum in the Galilee.


For more information please contact Rabbi Samantha Safran at or 713.595.8163. 

Humanities Texas This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas,
a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities
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