In this experiential workshop, participants will explore their family histories and share stories as they learn about the rescue of Jewish memory in Poland that is being done today by non-Jews. Because ninety percent of Polish Jews were murdered during World War II, the remembrance of the rich, vibrant, pre-war Jewish population has been left to non-Jews. In an intimate environment, we will immerse ourselves in our own stories and memories and apply lessons from the Polish Rescuers of Memory. These lessons include: appreciating fragments, holding history for the other and accepting that everyone has a story. The class will involve writing, sharing and discussion on the part of participants. We will read one article and watch a video. We will be visited by a Polish Rescuer of Memory.
Participants need not have any connection to Jewish Poland, merely an openness to learn about it. In addition they should be curious about family history and remembrance; and be willing to share and hold the stories that other participants bring forward.
Leora Tec is the daughter of Holocaust survivor and Holocaust scholar Nechama Tec. As the founder and director of Bridge To Poland (BTP), Leora creates immersive intellectual and cultural experiences that examine the history of the Jews in Poland and how Christian Poles today are commemorating that history. She views this work as the second generation of her mother’s work on rescue and resistance during the Holocaust. Leora holds a BA from Wellesley College and a JD/LLM from Duke University School of Law.