February 18, 2011
Photo by David Noe
Continuing Winter Park Institute’s theme of women and the Holocaust, Visiting Scholar Lenore J. Weitzman gave two presentations recently to the Rollins community. Students studying Jewish Life and Thought, a course taught by Professor of Religious Studies Yudit Greenberg had the opportunity to ask Weitzman questions and contribute to the discussion in a master class on Tuesday, February 15. Weitzman, whose book Women in the Holocaust was the text Greenberg’s students had been studying, discussed the distinctly powerful and relatively underemphasized role women played and how they formed the underground Jewish resistance movement.
Weitzman explained that because Jewish men were persecuted and were therefore forced to remain hidden in their homes, women had to provide for their families. These daring women managed to put food on the table by smuggling it into the ghettos by way of the black market. In acts of heroism, other women disguised themselves and traveled to ghettos throughout occupied Poland spreading news and smuggling in weapons and ammunition.
In a formal lecture on February 15, Weitzman furthered the discussion with members of the Rollins community on the unique and heroic experiences of women in the Holocaust.
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By Justin Braun (Class of 2011MBA)
Office of Public Relations & Community Affairs
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