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Marking the 80th Anniversary of the Transport of 999 Jewish Women to Auschwitz: The Beginning of the Systematic Annihilation of the Jews

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Calendar   Speaking Engagements
Location Zoom
Date Sun, Mar 27, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Duration   1h

If the Wannsee Conference discussed plans to target young Jewish women as part of its Final Solution protocol, that part of the minutes was destroyed. What we do know is that a few weeks after that meeting, Himmler ordered the creation of a women’s camp in Auschwitz. So began the official systematic annihilation of Jews, which attacked, first and foremost, unmarried Jewish girls and young women, between the ages of 16 and 32.

This little known history of how young women were targeted in 1942, reminds us of the plight of young women today. Heather Dune Macadam, author of the book 999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz, will speak about her research for the book and the soon to be released film 999. She reveals these young women's poignant stories, drawing on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulting with historians, witnesses, and relatives of those first deportees to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women's history.

One of the women on the transport from Poprad, Slovakia was Prof. Hanna Yablonka's aunt, Lila Klein, from the nearby town of Levoča, in the Tatra Mountains. Another young woman from the same town was Yuci [Jozi] Foldi (in Slovak Julia Skodova). She was one of the few women who survived the transport. Her testimony, therefore, is extraordinary because she was a witness to what Hanna Yablonka has described as the "archeology of Auschwitz" – the step-by-step implementation of the Final Solution in this camp. In her presentation, Yablonka will discuss the preparations to publish Skodova's book, the unique experience of Slovakian Jews in the history of the Final Solution, including her family's personal story, and the tragic fate of Julia Skodova.

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This program is in partnership with Liberation 75, Remember the Women Institute, the Rabin Chair Forum, the House of the Wannsee Conference Memorial and Educational Site, and the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Center.

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