Holocaust commemoration speakers contend with suffering, survival
When Rose Zoltek-Jick set out to write her keynote address for Monday’s Holocaust commemoration, she purposefully left herself out.
The Northeastern law professor soon found, however, that the address—titled “The Search for Meaning: Survivors’ Children and Their Choice of a Life in the Law”—was inextricably tied to her own life. A child of Holocaust survivors and a lawyer herself, Zoltek-Jick reflected on her initial choice, drawing comparison to her parents’ survival in Warsaw, “living as Christians with false papers.”
“Did I really think that I could give this talk and not reveal my identity?” Zoltek-Jick puzzled out during her lecture to a full crowd at the Cabral Center. “Apparently so, but in the days leading up to this talk, I realized what I had reproduced—my title was a title of false papers; I was afraid that the personal would muddy the academic.”
The event kicked off Northeastern’s annual commemoration of Holocaust Awareness Week. President Joseph E. Aoun opened the commemoration with a call to open Northeastern’s longstanding Holocaust Awareness Week events to the larger Boston community.