A panel discussion following a preview of the documentary film Harbor from the Holocaust includes HWS Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski. Hosted by the Virtual Little Theatre in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Rochester, the online event happened on Thursday, Sept. 3.
The film shares the story of 20,000 Jewish refugees who fled Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II to the city of Shanghai. The panel discussion focused on the film and how the music in it — featuring performances by traditional Chinese guzheng player Bei Bei Monter and cellist Yo Yo Ma — evokes the time, fear, pain and joy of the refugees.
“The Shanghai Ghetto was a testament to human perseverance, dignity and cooperation between cultures,” says Dobkowski. “The film and the discussion underscored how Shanghai, despite the hardships and tribulations, provided the refugees with a haven from the Holocaust, a place of hope in a cruel world.”
A member of the HWS faculty since 1976, Dobkowski holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from New York University. His scholarly interests include the American Jewish experience, Holocaust Studies, religion and violence, terrorism and anti-Semitism.
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The photo above features Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski teaching a class at Hobart and William Smith last week.