See the conversation with panelists Dr. Yael Danieli, Steven A. Ludsin, Eleanor Reissa, Stacey Saiontz, and Lea Wolinetz.
About the panelists:
Dr. Yael Danieli, a clinical psychologist, victimologist, pioneer traumatologist: www.dryaeldanieli.com most recently founded the International Center for the Study, Treatment and Prevention of Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma: www.icmglt.org As Director of the Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children, she has conducted extensive psychotherapeutic work with survivors and offspring on individual, family, group and community bases; studied in depth post-war responses and attitudes toward them, and the impact these and the Holocaust had on their lives. Published, awarded worldwide, on life-long and multigenerational post-trauma adaptation, optimal care and training, and on reparative justice. The Danieli Inventory for Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma allows scientifically valid assessment and comparative international study. Emerita Distinguished Professor of International Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, built the first PhD program in international psychology.
Steven A. Ludsin served as a charter member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, a presidential appointment, and was a member of the original President’s Commission on the Holocaust during the Carter Administration which created the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. He was the only child of a survivor on both original presidential panels. He also served as a member of the New York Holocaust Memorial Commission which created the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. He is founder of the Remembrance of the Holocaust Foundation.
Stacey Saiontz is a lawyer whose grandparents survived the Holocaust. Their stories of survival have profoundly influenced her outlook and inspired her commitment to sharing all stories and lessons of the Holocaust with future generations.
Lea Sigiel Wolinetz was born to Holocaust Survivors from Poland. She started her professional career as a Public School teacher and administrator in the New York City Public School system. Coming from her education background, she’d go on to help create Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation. To honor the millions of children lost during World War 2, in 1994 she created The Golden Bridge of Friendship. The non-profit was designed to match orphans from Eastern Europe with adoptive parents. The model she developed is now used across the globe. Mrs. Wolinetz has served as Coordinator for the Jews of Czestochowa Exhibit and Outreach Manager for the Polin Museum in Warsaw. She currently acts as the Executive Director of the Worldwide Czestochowa Jews and their Descendants, and the Secretary of Czenstochowa Relief Society.
Eleanor Reissa is Brooklyn born and bred; a victim/beneficiary of the public school system from K through college (cum laude). In spite of that (or because of it) she has had a life beyond her own imagination. She became a Tony nominated director, a Broadway actress, a prize-winning playwright, an artistic director of the world’s oldest Yiddish theater company, a soon-to-be published author, a singer in every major venue around the world and in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and smaller venues like Joe’s Pub and Michael Feinstein’s 54 Below. Simply, she became a story-teller in English and Yiddish and is the daughter of her parents who lived through the Holocaust.
About International Holocaust Remembrance Day: From 1941 to 1945 Nazi Germany and its collaborators committed the systematic murder of over six million Jews. The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was Nazi Germany’s “Final Solution” for eliminating all Jewish people within Nazi Germany’s grasp. By the end of this heinous act, roughly two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population had been murdered. The United Nations General Assembly’s resolution 60/7 designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day on November 1, 2005, during the 42nd plenary session. Join us on January 27 for International Holocaust Remembrance Day where we remember the Nazi’s act of genocide so that no one else will suffer like that again.