3 May 2022: Torn Apart. Family Histories During and After the Holocaust

with Corinne Niox Chateau, Nadia Ragozhina, Professor François Guesnet and Antony Polonsky


Tuesday 3 May 2022

10:30 am

£25 in the building or £20 online




This all-day workshop addresses the often long-lasting consequences of Jewish families torn apart by the Second World War and the Holocaust.

For surviving members, persecution and displacement led to the violent separation from surviving parents, siblings and other close relatives.

The workshop consists of a presentation by Nadia Ragozhina, author of ‘Worlds Apart: The Journeys of My Jewish Family in Twentieth-Century Europe’ (2020), telling the story of two brothers building new lives in the Soviet Union and in Switzerland, unaware of each other survival. This will be followed by the screening of ‘Safer in Silence’ (2020) by author Corinne Niox Chateau (New York), reflecting on the silencing of the wartime and postwar ordeals of a Jewish family from Warsaw.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the presenters, and discuss with historians François Guesnet and Antony Polonsky.

Corinne Niox Chateau is an author, director, and actor with appearances in film, TV and theatre productions based in New York. She is the written, directed and produced ‘Safer in Silence’ (2020), the history of her own family, originating from Warsaw. The documentary has been screened at film festivals and received several awards, including the Best Story Award at the East Europe International Film Festival and the Judaica Foundation Award 2021.

Nadia Ragozhina is a BBC World News journalist and the author of ‘Worlds Apart: The Journeys of My Jewish Family in Twentieth-Century Europe’ (2020) and lives in London.

François Guesnet, Professor of Modern Jewish History, UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, is an expert on early modern and 19th century Polish-Jewish history, co-chair of the Editorial Board of Polin Studies in Polish Jewry, and most recently editor of ‘Sources on Jewish Self-Government in the Polish Lands from its Inception to the Present’ (2022).

Antony Polonsky, Chief Historian of the Global Educational Outreach Programme/Polin Museum Warsaw, and Professor Emeritus, Brandeis University, is co-chair of the Editorial Board of Polin Studies in Polish Jewry and the author of numerous studies on eastern European Jewish history, including ‘The Jews in Poland and Russia’, 3 vols (2010, 2012), and ‘The Jews in Poland and Russia. A Short History’ (2013).


Please note

This day event will take place in the building and online. A Zoom link to join will be included in the confirmation email upon booking.




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