Gisela Glaser


Brief History

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.


Glaser's Memoirs

"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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Join us for our annual Frederick M. Schweitzer Kristallnacht Lecture. John K. Roth is the Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights (now the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights) at Claremont McKenna College. Roth has published hundreds of articles and reviews and authored, co-authored, or edited more than fifty books, including The Failures of Ethics: Confronting the Holocaust, Genocide, and Other Mass Atrocities and Sources of Holocaust Insight: Learning and Teaching about the Genocide. His latest book, Warnings: The Holocaust, Ukraine, and Endangered American Democracy, focuses on the 2024 elections in the United States. Named the 1988 U.S. National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Roth has also received the Holocaust Educational Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Holocaust Studies and Research.

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Australia's Response to the Holocaust

Kelly Commons 5A

How did Australia respond to the events that were taking place in Nazi Germany and Europe during and after the Second World War?

Australia has a long history of accepting migrants to its shores from all parts of the world. However, there has also been a deep-seated suspicion of, and animosity towards, “foreigners” as exemplified by the White Australia Policy. In this lecture, we will examine the complex relationship that exists when it comes to Jewish migration, focusing on the Australian response to the rise of Nazism, the Evian conference and Kristallnacht, as well as other key developments. In the post war period, discriminatory policies against Jewish migration continued, even after knowledge of the mass murders of Europe’s Jews. Despite these exclusionary policies Australia did eventually receive the most Holocaust survivors on a pro rata population basis. These individuals had a lasting impact on shaping both the Jewish and broader Australian communities.

Daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Sue places importance on remembering the past to create a more tolerant future. She has a Masters degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (2010). She is the Co-President of the Melbourne Holocaust Museum. Academic mentor to indigenous students at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.Teaching associate in Holocaust, Genocide and Post-conflict studies at the School of Philosophical and Historical Studies at Monash University. Researcher, Australian Holocaust Memoir Project, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University. She is also the International Chair of the Education Working Group (EWG) for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) - 2021. She has co-authored with Suzanne Rutland (2021) on ‘Holocaust Remembrance in Australia: Moving from Family and Community Remembrance to Human Rights Education,’ in Conceptualizing Mass Violence: Representations, Recollections and Reinterpretations. Routledge Press.

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