Born in Tarnow, Poland in 1924, Gisela Glaser was one of four children. Her father died shortly before Germany invaded Treblinka, Poland in 1939, and the rest of her immediate and extended family perished at the hands of the Nazis during the War. Glaser endured ghetto life, imprisonment at Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bergen Belsen, Mauthausen, and Venusburg. She survived these camps as a slave laborer working as a seamstress, a salt-miner, and an airplane-cleaner. After being liberated, Glaser immigrated to the United States and settled in the Bronx.
"Instead of a miracle, in June 1942 in my town the Germans carried out the most extensive liquidation campaign, during a 7 day period. Every morning during the deportation, my little brother climbed up on the old tree in our back yard. He was 7 years old and had no life permit. Evenings after he came down from his hiding place he begged us to save him, he explained to us, "how much he wants to live, to grow up to be a man."
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Featured speaker: Ron Kronish & Respondents: Rabbi Bob Kaplan and Sheikh Moosa Drammeh Ron Kronish, Founding Director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI), Ron Kronish is now an independent scholar, educator, speaker, and writer. “Profiles in Peace,” his new book on Israeli and Palestinian Peacemakers. Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish is an independent scholar, writer, blogger, lecturer, teacher and mentor. For the past several years, he has been a Library Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. From 1991-2015, he served as the Founder and Director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI), which was Israel’s premier interreligious institution during those years. He was educated at Brandeis University (BA), Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the editor of Coexistence and Reconciliation in Israel: Voices for Interreligious Dialogue (Paulist Press, 2015) and the author of The Other Peace Process: Interreligious Dialogue, A View from Jerusalem, (Hamilton Books 2017). He currently teaches courses about Interreligious Dialogue and Peacebuilding at the Schechter Institutes for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, in the Department for Adult Education and for the Drew University Theological School (via zoom) in Madison, NJ.
Adi Rabinowitz Bedein, Activist & Holocaust Education. Adi is a young activist who lives in Israel and is a tour guide at Yad Vashem, she will lecture on: “Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust- True Heroism.” Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust During the Holocaust the Jewish people were facing 3 options: Passivity, collaboration and Resistance. In my lecture about Resistance during the Holocaust I discuss the meaning of the Jewish resistance- a story about Strength and true Heroism which can teach us so much that is relevant for our everyday life.