The Centre for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religions and Theology, University of Manchester and IWM North (part of Imperial War Museums)

Present one-day conference

Hiding, Flight and Rescue under Nazi occupation
Monday 22 October 2012, 9.30am-4.30pm
Libeskind Rooms, IWM North

This conference will provide an opportunity to explore different aspects of rescue. All European Jews were targeted for extermination, yet some did survive. The testimony of a Kindertransport child will provide a personal perspective.
Buffet lunch (Kosher and other dietary needs can be met if requested by 1 October)


Professor Bob Moore is currently based at the University of Sheffield. His research is in the field of Twentieth Century European history. His last book was published by Oxford University Press in 2010: Survivors: Jewish Self Help and Rescue in Nazi-Occupied Western Europe. He is currently working on projects associated with the history of the Netherlands and with the repatriation and rehabilitation of prisoners of war after the Second World War.

Dr Pamela Shatzkes received her master’s degree and doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1998 where she taught International History for a number of years. Her book, Holocaust and Rescue: Impotent or indifferent? Anglo-Jewry 1938-1945 (Palgrave 2002; Vallentine Mitchell 2004) is based on her PhD research. Pamela has published several articles, her most recent, in collaboration with A.J.Sherman, is Otto Schiff (1875-1952), Unsung Rescuer (Leo Baeck Institute Year Book). She is now working on a new research project – examining the efforts made to retrieve Jewish War orphans after the War.

Dr Ludivine Broch received her PhD from Oxford in 2011. She researched the role of French railway workers under German occupation during the Second World War. She is currently a research fellow at the Pears Centre for the Study of antisemitism, University College London.

Remona Aly is the Campaigns Director at Exploring Islam Foundation which specialises in media campaigns and creative resources on Islam and Muslims. She has project managed two campaigns: ‘Inspired by Muhammad’ – a poster-led initiative featuring British Muslims inspired by universal Islamic teachings which received national and international media coverage; and ‘Missing Pages’ which highlighted the untold stories of solidarity between Muslims and Jews.
Remona is also a freelance journalist and editor. She is the former Deputy Editor of emel, Britain’s first glossy Muslim lifestyle magazine.
Teas and coffees available from 9.30am

10.00 Welcome and introduction by Professor Alex Samely (director of the Centre of Jewish Studies Manchester University)

10.15 Bob Moore (Sheffield University)
Hiding and Rescue in France, Belgium and the Netherlands, 1940-1945

11.00 Break

11.15 Pamela Shatzkes
Holocaust and Rescue: Impotent or Indifferent? Anglo-Jewry 1938-1945

12.00 Kindertransport: a survivor’s testimony

12.45 Lunch

1.45 Ludivine Broch (Pears Centre for the Study of antisemitism)
Rescue, Railways and the Righteous of the Nations: French railway workers and the Jewish Deportations 1942-44

2.30 Remona Aly (Campaigns Director of Exploring Islam Foundation)
The Besa code and the rescue of Jews in Albania

3.15 Tea and coffee

3.30 General Discussion

4.00 End

Academic programme organised by Dr Jean-Marc Dreyfus, Reader in Holocaust Studies, the University of Manchester
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Please note this programme may be subject to change