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Yellow star warn by Jewish citizen of Europe during the period of genocide prpetrated by the Nazis regiem. From collection of United States Holocuast Memorial Museum. CCBY Powhusku via flickr
75 Years Later: Remembering the Holocaust, Confronting Anti-Semitism and Exploring Trauma Across Generations
January 24, 2020

January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz.  This week we explore the roots of denial and the legacy of trauma.

Rachel Weise and Dr. Deborah Lipstadt pictured during the filming of
Inconvenient Denial: 75 years after Auschwitz, anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories emerge January 24, 2020
This week new research from the Pew Center for Religion revealed how a majority of Americans cannot correctly identify the scale of the genocide or answer questions about how Adolf Hitler rose to power. These “inconvenient” details are evidence of a new form of Holocaust denial according to Emory University Professor and Holocaust Studies expert Deborah Lipstadt.  She traces how denial has re-emerged in tandem with a global rise in anti-Semitism. Lipstadt shares the features and characteristics of this rising phenomena and offers suggestions on ways to confront the social and civic norms that allow stereotypes and conspiracy theories to thrive.

Deborah Lipstadt Ph.D., Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies Emory University and author — most recently — of Antisemitism: Here and Now.

Cover of Deborah Lipstadt's book, Antisemitism Herand Now

Antisemitism: Here and Now
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum-Tower of Faces-Public Domain Image by Wikimedia user DSDugan
Surviving Trauma: A closer look at the myths that persist January 24, 2020
From denial we turn to the experiences of first and second generation survivors.  Social service provider Jenni Frumer of Next Generations in West Palm Beach, Florida, describes popular misconceptions about survivors and their families.  Guets include Dr. David Kupfer, a trauma-informed psychologist and Stephanie Shweiki, a mom of three, reflects on her experiences as a third generation survivor.  Kupfer and Shweiki describe how the long shadow of the Holocaust influences their outlook and identity.

Jenni Frumer, Ph.D., LCSW, MSEd, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Next Generations; David L. Kupfer Ph.D., clinical psychologist; Stephanie Schweiki

Jenni Frumer courtesy Jenni Frumer and Assoc

Jenni Frumer
Courtesy Jenni Frumer & Assoc

Gertrude Zoberman Kupfer wearing a sweater with the letter E as she is trying to pass as a Catholic named Elizabeth-courtesy David Kupfer-

Gertrude Zoberman Kupfer, David's mother.
The letter "E" on her sweater is for Elizabeth - the name she used to pass as Catholic.
Courtesy David Kupfer

Henry Kupfer MD with his first wife Lara and their daughter Tamara-courtesy David Kupfer

Henry Kupfer, MD with his first wife Lara and their daughter Tamara.
Dr. Kupfer survived the Holocaust when he was involuntarily evacuated to the USSR.
He returned to Poland to find his entire family dead at the hands of the Nazis. 
Courtesy David Kupfer

Stephanie Schweiki courtesy Stephanie Schweike

Stephanie Schweiki
Courtesy Stephanie Schweiki

Music for this week's episode by MC Yogi, Blue Dot Sessions, and Kevin MacLeod/Incompitech
J. S. Bach's "Chaconne" Violin Partita No 2 in D minor BWV 1004 performed by Ben Goldstein