Conference. The Holocaust in Yugoslavia and the Balkans

Thursday, February 20, 2020 to Friday, February 21, 2020
Deutsches Haus (420 West 116th St at Amsterdam Ave)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Kupferberg Holocaust Center for a two-day conference entitled "The Holocaust in Yugoslavia and the Balkans."

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PLEASE NOTE: Registration does not guarantee a seat. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first seated basis.




6:30 pm: Screening of documentary film Besa: Rescue in Albania (2009)

Runtime of 30 minutes
A documentary film about the Jewish rescue in Albania during World War II. A story told by Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who speak about the nobility of the Albanian people who put their own lives in danger in order to save those of their visitors. A touching recollection of events and ordeals that Albanians and Jews went through before, during and after WWII. The documentary was screened at the US Holocaust Museum (April 2011, Washington), Yad Vashem Museum (May 2012, Jerusalem) and at other locations.

7:00 pm: Q&A

Dardan Islami, director

Imam Tahir Kukaj, Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, New York City

Rabbi Kara Tav, New York City

Moderator: Tanya Domi, Columbia University, Harriman Institute


9:00 am: Opening Remarks
9:15 am: Book Talk and Presentation by Georgia State Professor Jelena Subotic

Jelena Suboticauthor of Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance After Communism

Discussant: Miriam Schulz, Ph.D. candidate, Columbia University and Harriman Institute affiliate

Moderator: Laura Cohen, Executive Director, Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, CUNY

10:45 am: Break
11:00 am: Panel Discussion on the Miracle of the Sarajevo Haggadah

Aleksandra Buncic, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University

Hikmet Karcic, author of Dervis M. Korkut: A Biography. Rescuer of the Sarajevo Haggadah

Alexander Korb, Associate Professor of Modern European History, Leicester University

Moderator: Tanya DomiHarriman Institute, Columbia University

1:00 pm: Break
2:30 pm: Panel discussion on the Albanian Rescue of Jews during WWII

Teuta Skenderi, independent scholar and translator

Tanya Domi, Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Gazmend Kapllani, Visiting Chair of Albanian Studies, DePaul University

Ardit Bido, General Director of the National Archives of Albania

Moderator: Laura Cohen, Executive Director, Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, CUNY

4:00 pm: Final Remarks by Tanya Domi and Laura Cohen


The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) at Queensborough Community College, CUNY uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism, and stereotyping. Established in 1983, it was one of the first research archives devoted to the Holocaust on the East Coast. The KHC’s facilities include a permanent exhibition about the Holocaust as well as a rotating gallery space, and in 2011 the Center was the recipient of a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The current exhibit, Survivance and Sovereignty on Turtle Island: Engaging with Contemporary Native American Art, is the first time 16 Native American and Indigenous artists are showcasing their works about mass atrocities and genocide at a US Holocaust center (on view through May 22, 2020). The KHC offers approximately twenty public programs and special events for Holocaust survivors, as well as host over 150+ tours reaching over 2,000 students and community members annually.