Pozez JCC Community Conversation: The Crossing

Moderated by Jim Finkel, Non-Resident Fellow with the Henry Stimson Center’s Protecting Civilians in Conflict program and Co-Founder of the Atrocities Prevention Study Group; featuring Dr. Anette H. Storeide, Senior Researcher, Falstad Memorial Centre, Trondheim, Norway

Grab a brown bag lunch and participate in a lively dialogue on the beautiful and sweet Norwegian film The Crossing. Told from the perspective of four children, this touching story shows the impact of Nazism on daily life in 1942 and the struggles of the Norwegian Resistance Movement. Jim Finkel, Co-Founder of the Atrocities Prevention Study Group and a film festival committee member, will moderate the discussion. Dr. Anette Storeide, Lead Researcher in War and Genocide Studies at Falstad, will provide context and insight.

Dr. Anette Homlong Storeide is a Senior Researcher at Falstad Memorial Centre (in the former SS Prison Camp Falstad near Trondheim, Norway) since 2017. She is the lead researcher in War and Genocide Studies and represents Falstad as a member of the Norwegian delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Anette is affiliated with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, as an Associate Professor in German and European Cultural History.

Anette has published a number of books and articles on World War II and remembrance culture. Her main research interests are war history, economic history, history didactics, memory research and genocide studies. Ongoing research revolves around the following topics: World War II, prisoner history and history policy; Actors and networks as “memory entrepreneurs” for the memory of World War II and the Holocaust; The importance of place and topography for memory production and storytelling; Digital reconstruction and the notion of authenticity in storytelling; Biographical representations in exhibitions about World War II and the Holocaust.

Anette received her doctorate in a dissertation on the testimony of Norwegian Sachsenhausen prisoners from the University of Oslo.

Jim Finkel is a Non-Resident Fellow with the Henry Stimson Center’s Protecting Civilians in Conflict program and the Co-Founder of the Atrocities Prevention Study Group. He served as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide’s Leonard and Sophie Davis Genocide Prevention Fellow from 2013-2014.

Jim ended his 35-year government career in May 2013, as a member of the Federal Senior Civil Service. During his final 20 years of service, he held positions that provided him an insider’s eye view of the evolution of U.S. policy toward the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. He assisted in crafting the Obama administration’s Presidential Study Directive 10, which created the Interagency Atrocities Prevention Board.

Jim holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers College, Rutgers University.

Susan Rubin Suleiman was born in Budapest and emigrated to the U.S. as a child with her parents.  She obtained her B.A. from Barnard College and her Ph.D. from Harvard University, and has been on the Harvard faculty since 1981, where she is currently the C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and Professor of Comparative Literature, Emerita.

Suleiman is the author or editor of a dozen books and more than 100 articles on contemporary literature and culture, published in the U.S. and abroad.  Her most recent book is The Némirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in 20th-Century France.  Her other books include Crises of Memory and the Second World War; Risking Who One Is: Encounters with Contemporary Art and Literature, and the memoir Budapest Diary: In Search of the Motherbook.  Her  book reviews and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, and other newspapers and magazines.

Suleiman has won many honors and has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Fellowship, among others.  In 1992 she was awarded a medal by the French government, as Officier des Palmes Académiques; in 2018, she was awarded France’s highest honor, the Légion d’Honneur.


Thursday, December 1012:00 PM

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