International Symposium in April 2023: Roma, Jews and the Holocaust

By Stephen Naron - January 27, 2023

Roma, Jews and the Holocaust

April 18-19, 2023
Sterling Memorial Library, Lecture Hall
Yale University

This symposium is an attempt to think about the intersections between Romani and Jewish experiences of persecution and between the ways Romani and Jewish survivors, activists, historians, artists, and organizations have sought to come to terms with those experiences. The event will consist of a series of small panels, taking the forthcoming publication of Ari Joskowicz’s book Rain of Ash: Roma, Jews, and the Holocaust (Spring, 2023), winner of the 2022 Ernst Fraenkel Prize, as an occasion to gather and discuss these themes.


Tuesday, April 18, 2023, Sterling Memorial Library, Lecture Hall

5:00 PM    Introduction, Stephen Naron, Director, Fortunoff Video Archive

5:10 PM     Keynote/Booktalk, Ari Joskowicz, Vanderbilt University

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, Sterling Memorial Library, Lecture Hall

9:00 AM    Coffee

9:30 AM    Introduction, Gil Rubin, Head of Academic Programs, Fortunoff Archives

9:45 AM Panel I - Comparative histories

  • Magda Matache, Harvard University
  • Petra Gelbart, Independent scholar
  • Chair Holly Case, Brown University

11:00 AM     Panel II - Jewish and Romani testimony intertwined

  • Ioanida Costache, University of Pennsylvania
  • Aleksandra Szcecepan, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute
  • Chair Eva Kovacs, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute

12:15 PM     Lunch

1:45 PM  Panel III - New Research on Roma in Czech lands

  • Helena Sadílková, Charles University in Prague
  • Kateřina Čapková, Institute of Contemporary History, Prague
  • Chair Marci Shore, Yale University

3:00 PM     Coffee and cafe reception

3:30 PM     Tour of Sterling Library and campus

5:00 PM     Concluding Roundtable

Panel of Participants: Ari Joskowicz, Kateřina Čapková, Holly Case

Sponsored by:

Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism

Judaic Studies Program, Yale University

Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasian Studies Program, Yale University

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