Gershenson Participates in Panel on Holocaust Education at UN

Olga Gershenson

Olga Gershenson, associate professor of Judaic and Near Eastern studies, took part in a panel on creative ways of conveying the universal lessons of the Holocaust through the arts on April 28 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

An expert in Holocaust cinema, Gershenson provided an overview of the genre and discussed her recently published book, “The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe.” Her work focuses on unknown, forgotten or banned Holocaust films in the Soviet Union, which reflect how Russian artists tried to expose Hitler’s insidious plot against the Jews during the Second World War.

Gershenson was joined on the panel by choreographer Stephen Mills of Ballet Austin, author Nava Semel and Shirli Gilbert of World ORT, a non-profit global Jewish organization that promotes education and training in more than 100 countries.

The event was organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information’s Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN and the World Jewish Congress.