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History & Memory [clear filter]
Sunday, August 26
 

9:00am

NOSTALGIA AND UTOPIA IN NZ HISTORY
This session will discuss how our memories shape the way we see the past and how we assemble ideas about a perfect future. It will look at how individuals and groups in New Zealand have done this, with some very odd results

Speakers
avatar for Paul Moon

Paul Moon

Dr. Paul Moon is Professor of History at Auckland University of Technology, where he has taught since 1993. His research focuses primarily on nineteenth-century New Zealand, and on the philosophy of history. He has a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master of Arts, and a Master of Philosophy... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
C152 / Netanya

11:30am

THE G SPOT: A JEWISH CONNECTION
Ernest Graffenberg was a famous gynaecologist in Berlin in the 1930’s. His contribution to medical research was enormous but he was persecuted by the Nazis before escaping to America. This session is a tribute to this great Jewish doctor who has had the honour of his name being attributed to the elusive G spot.

Speakers
avatar for Bernie Brenner

Bernie Brenner

Bernie is a gynaecologist in active practice in Auckland. He has an Arts degree and an interest in Ethics and Philosophy. He has previously lectured in Astronomy and is currently co President of B'nai Brith Auckland


Sunday August 26, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
C149 / Petah Tikva

1:30pm

JEWS AND JEWISH THEMES IN NEW ZEALAND LITERATURE
Group discussion about Jews and Jewish themes in NZ Literature i.e. NZ author, significant NZ setting and identifiable Jewish content/characters. Please prepare for the session by considering the following questions related to your reading; 
  • What was the Jewish aspect to the book you read?
  • How prominent was the Jewish content or character?
  • How did you feel about the way Jews and Jewish themes were portrayed? 

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Dempsey

Christopher Dempsey

Christopher was an elected representative with Auckland Council for 12 years, before retiring in 2016, and taking up a position with the Raye Freedman Library as manager. He has a strong interest in books and literature, and is thrilled to be working within a Library environment... Read More →
avatar for Robin Munch

Robin Munch

Robin grew up in Auckland in a family that was (and still is) immersed in Jewish life both at home and in the wider community. She trained as a teacher and has a BA in Social Policy and a Diploma in Criminology. She taught at AHC Hebrew School and at Kadimah College, has been a community... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
C149 / Petah Tikva

1:30pm

THE SHOAH IN ARAB LANDS
Our Shoah remembrance in New Zealand is centred on events in Europe with little reference to what happened to Jews in Arab lands. The Jewish Diaspora grew as a result of the Babylonian Exile in the 6th century BCE and the expulsion by the Romans in 70 CE. Most of the places where Jews were living became part of the Arab Empire in the 7th and 8th centuries CE. During World War 2, Jews living in the Arab countries Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya suffered from the anti-Jewish measures imposed by the Vichy French, the Fascist Italians and Nazi Germany. There was also violent anti-Jewish action in Iraq.   This talk aims to give information on “the Holocaust’s long reach into Arab lands” (which is the subtitle of the book Among the righteous by Robert Satloff (2006)).It also looks at what happened to the Jews from Muslim countries after 1948.

Speakers
avatar for David Zwartz

David Zwartz

Lacking a Jewish education in his youth, David Zwartz came to involvement with the Wellington Jewish community and NZ Zionism in the 1970s. He has been editor of the New Zealand Jewish Chronicle, President of the NZ Jewish Council, and Honorary Consul of Israel.


Sunday August 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
C145 / Tel Aviv

2:45pm

SECRETS AND SILENCES: IN CONVERSATION
In “Driving to Treblinka“ Diana Wichtel tells the story of the painful search for her lost father who was to follow his family to New Zealand from Canada in 1964 but never arrived. This is a significant second-generation story of a family imploding due to the impact of her father’s traumatic holocaust experience. Diana Wichtel and Naomi Johnson will discuss the book from a second-generation perspective as we explore first the child who had no way of understanding her family dysfunction through to the angry displaced teenager and then to the adult who finds herself needing to come to terms with the information uncovered in her research.

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Johnson

Naomi Johnson

Naomi Johnson was born in Invercargill to a New Zealand mother and German Jewish refugee father. She is a co-leader of the Auckland Second Generation Group of Holocaust Survivors and is extremely interested in Second Generation literature. Naomi is a very involved member of Beth Shalom... Read More →
avatar for Diana Wichtel

Diana Wichtel

Diana Wichtel is an award-winning feature writer and television critic with the New Zealand Listener. She was joint recipient in 2016 of the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship, which enabled her to write the memoir, Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father, about the impact... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
C175 / Akko

4:00pm

KARMA AND KNEIDELACH: JEWISH NOTIONS OF THE LAWS OF CAUSALITY AND REINCARNATION
This session will explore Jewish notions of karma and will discuss the similarities and differences with respect to the South Asian use of the term in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faith traditions. Generally, karma, in the Indian tradition, refers to the concept of the laws of causality, reincarnation and the transmigration of the soul. While these may roughly equate with Jewish notions of midah keneged midah and gilgul, substantial differences remain. In exploring the concept of karma in both the Indian and Jewish traditions, we will attempt to answer the question: Do Jews believe in karma? Participation and discussion is invited from all attending this session.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Nachowitz

Todd Nachowitz

Todd is a lecturer in Comparative Religion in the Religious Studies department at the University of Waikato, teaching classes in both Western/Abrahamic and Eastern faith traditions). He is also the Centre Coordinator of the Religious Diversity Centre, based in Auckland, where he regularly... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
C149 / Petah Tikva