bu-logoThe Center for Professional Education at Boston University has been awarded a competitive grant from Jewish Cultural Endowment Fund of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies to hold a one-day workshop “Holocaust Survival and Reunion Stories:  Separating Fact from Fiction Using Genealogical Research Techniques”.

photo-july-2010The workshop will be conducted by internationally recognized forensic genealogist Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, founder of Identifinders International.  Dr. Fitzpatrick will focus on stories of child survivors and their efforts to connect with their birth families, covering five topics:

  1.  Introduction to Holocaust Research
  2. Discerning the True from the False when the Impossible is the Norm
  3. The Mascot – A Holocaust Literary Fraud?
  4. Holocaust Archives and Repositories
  5. Who Am I?  What is My Name?  – The True Story of Pnina Gutman

The workshop will take place on the Boston University Campus, on a Sunday during the spring semester 2017.  It will consist of lectures, case studies, small group discussions, and information about Holocaust archives and resources.  The event will be open to the Boston University community.  Attendees will not be required to have a background in genealogical research. The focus will be toward a lay audience interested in learning more about the topic.  The workshop will be free; attendance will be limited to 40 people. Preregistration is required.
Information on location and time and how to register will be posted as it becomes available.