Elie Wiesel Memorial Lecture: "Writing from a Place of Survival" Rabbi Joseph Pollack

6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 18, 2019
9:00 pm on Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Boston University, Tsai Performance Center 685 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215
Contact Organization:
Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies
Contact Name:
Katherine Gianni
Contact Phone:
Rabbi Joseph Polak
As few adult survivors of the Holocaust remain alive today, our attention shifts to child survivors who, in their life and work, attest to a traumatic past they experienced as children or infants. Their tales provide a window into the difficult aftermath of the trauma of persecution and genocide.

Rabbi Joseph Polak is the author of a harrowing account of his family’s deportation from the Netherlands to the Nazi concentration camp at Westerbork and speaks to the difficulties of living with traumatic early childhood memories. Rabbi Polak will also speak of what he learned over many years of friendship with Professor Wiesel.

About the Speaker: Rabbi Joseph Polak is the author of After the Holocaust the Bells Still Ring (2015). He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights at Boston University School of Public Health and rabbi emeritus of the Hillel House at Boston University. R. Polak also serves as Chief Justice of the Rabbinical Court of Massachusetts.

This event is part of the 2019 Boston University Alumni Weekend.