Refugees in Crisis:

State Policies and Personal Experiences


November 16th-17th, 2016

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The St. Louis and Beyond: The Question of Jewish Refugees in a Comparative Perspective

9:00 – 9:30 // Opening Remarks


Menahem Blondheim, Director of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University

Claudia Kedar, Director of Iberian and Latin American Studies at Hebrew University

Robert M. Krakow, Director, SS St. Louis Legacy Project.

H.E. Ambassador Alexander de la Rosa, Dean of GRULAC


Chair: Mauricio Dimant, Coordinator of the Latin American Unit, Truman Institute

09:30- 10:45 // Refugees and Politics: the Challenges of the Current Crisis


Mike Lebson, U.S. Department of State


Esther Lopatin, IDC Herzliya

Theory and Practice of EU Common Immigration and Asylum Policy in light of the Recent Refugee Crisis: the Nexus between Refugees and Security

Javier Belda Iniesta
, UCAM and Pontificia Universidad Lateranense (Rome)

The Role of the Church in the Historical Development of the Legal Status of Refugees.



Coffee Break: 10:45 – 11:15

11:15-13:00 // Lessons from the Voyage of the St. Louis




Rebecca A. Kobrin, Columbia University

Lessons of the St. Louis: The Rise and Fall of the American Jewish Immigration Lobby
Scott Miller, Holocaust Museum, Washington

The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust

Margalit Bejarano
, Hebrew University

The Cuban perspective – Then and Now


Chair: Dalia Ofer, Hebrew University

Lunch 13:00-14:30


14:30-16:15 // State Policies and the Question of Jewish Refugees in Latin America

Leonardo Senkman, Hebrew University
Argentina’s Policy towards the Jewish Refugees and the Spanish Exiles in the 1930s and 1940s

Avraham Milgram, Yad Vashem
The ‘New State’ regime of Brazil and Portugal and their Diplomats vis-a-vis the Jews during the Holocaust – a Comparative Analysis

Efraim Zadoff, AMILAT
Refugees in Crisis: State Policies and Personal Experiences

Discussant: Haim Avni, Hebrew University

Chair: Claudia Kedar, Hebrew University

Coffee Break: 16:15 – 16:30


16:30 – 18:00 // The Long-Term Impact of Memories of Jewish Refugees


Yossi Goldstein, Yad Vashem
Holocaust Memories in South America: Voices and Narratives of the Jewish Survivors/Refugees

Meron Medzini, Hebrew University
Jewish Refugees under Japanese Occupation in WWII

Ayala Klemperer-Markman, Tel Aviv University
Between the Two Tips Of the Axis: Jewish Refugees from Nazi Europe to Japanese Concentration Camps in Indonesia, in Search of a Home for Their Memories.


Chair: Silvina Gesser, Hebrew University

18:00- 19:00 Reception

19:00-20:30 Screening of the film: COMPLICIT: The Untold Story of Why the Roosevelt Administration Denied Safe Haven to Jewish Refugees //

With an encounter of six survivors of the St. Louis voyage.


Sol Messinger, Buffalo, NY

Eva Wiener, Neptune, New Jersey

Thomas Jacobson, Los Angeles, California

Sonja Geismar, Bronx, New York

Phil Freund, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Michael Barak, Israel


Chair: Robert Krakow (Writer/Producer of Complicit)

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

«World Politics and Refugees»

9:00-10:45 // The Challenges of Otherness


Alfonso de Toro, University of Leipzig
The Collapse of the Politics of Hospitality and Belonging in Europe: The Case of Germany, Populism and Racism on the Way

Zehavit Gross, UNESCO Chair, Bar-Ilan University, and Truman Institute
Annedith Schneider, Kadir Has University, Turkey

Belonging to More than One Place: What Cultural Analysis Can Tell Us about Integration
Chair: Batia Siebzehner, Truman Institute.

Discussant: Zvi Bekerman, Hebrew University

Coffee Break: 10:45 – 11:00

11:00 – 13:00 // Refugees and Security: the Role of the States


Dogus Simsek, Koç University, Turkey
Between Integration and Transnationalism: The Case of Syrian refugees in Turkey

Dr. Gilad Natan, Ruppin Academic Center
Refugees and Terror? Facts, Fear and Policy in Europe Today

Ramiro Anzit Guerrero, University of Salvador and TESA, Argentina

Syrian Refugees in MERCOSUR: Political, Social and Security Challenges


Chair: Efrat Ben-Ze’ev, Truman Institute; The Ruppin Academic Center

Lunch 13:00-14:30

14:30-16:00 // Refugees: Future Perspectives and the Current Challenges in Latin America*

Enrique Palmeyro, Scholas Organization of Pontifical Right, Vatican
Miguel W. Hilario, United Nations, Panama, and International School of Management and Public Policy, Peru
Conflict, Migration and Ethnic Minorities in Latin America


H.E. Ambassador Monica Jiménez, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile
La Migración en Chile: datos y políticas

Chair and Discussant: Arie Kacowicz, Hebrew University

Coffee Break: 16:00 – 16:30

16:30-18:00 // Round Table: A Program for Research and Policy Discussions

Alfonso de Toro, Dogus Simsek, Miguel W. Hilario, Arie Kacowicz, Efrat Ben-Ze’ev, Javier Belda Iniesta

Chair: Rebecca A. Kobrin

18:00- 19:00 Reception

* The lectures will be in Spanish

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