JewishGen Danzig/Gdańsk SIG Events in New York, August 13-18, 2006
The following two Danzig-specific events will be happening in New York City during the week of the IAJGS Conference, August 13-18. Note that the first is open to all Danzig SIG members, even those not attending the Conference.

Special Tour of Danzig Collection at The Jewish Museum
Thursday, August 17, 4:30 PM - about 6:00 PM
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
For Danzig SIG members only, free, but must RSVP to ASAP!

Dr. Vivian B. Mann (Morris and Eva Feld Chair of Judaica) and Dr. Susan L. Braunstein (Curator of Archaelogy and Judaica, Chair of the Department of Curatorial Affairs) will be showing to us and talking about pieces from The Jewish Museum's collection of ritual and household objects from Danzig, including some being displayed especially for us. These objects were shipped in 1939 from Danzig to The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, for safekeeping and in return for money used to finance the escape of Jews remaining in the city. It is extremely unusual for a collection of so many personal and ceremonial objects from a single Jewish community to have survived the Holocaust. Some of the objects bear inscriptions naming their owners or donors (of particular interest to genealogists), and many are identified with the Great Synagogue or specific pre-unification communities, where they were widely seen or used. Drs. Mann and Braunstein have both worked with this collection for many years, and are experts on Jewish art. This will also be an opportunity for information exchange between SIG members and the Museum.

Danzig SIG Meeting, IAJGS Conference (Session 1008)
Wednesday, August 16, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Soho Room, Seventh Floor, Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway (45th Street and Broadway)
Free to Conference attendees

Learn about current, planned, and possible SIG projects. Meet fellow Danzigers and discuss your research interests. View the documentary "Danzig 1939" about the struggles of the Danzig community under Nazism, the sale of the community's precious objects (subject of the tour, above), and the 1980 exhibition of these objects at The Jewish Museum, which includes interviews with survivors (some of whom identify their family's possessions in the exhibition) and film and photos from Danzig.

If you are aware of Conference lectures or other New York events that might be of interest to Danzig researchers, please contact the SIG Coordinator.