April 20, 2010

University of Northern Iowa

Invited keynote lecture presented at the

Norman Cohn Family Annual Holocaust Remembrance Lecture

Bengston Auditorium, Russell Hall

"Holocaust Legacies"


April 16 , 2008

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Invited lecture presented at the

Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

"The Psychological Impact of Injustice"


March, 2008

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Invited lecture presented at the

Roberta Buffett Center for International Comparative Studies

"Memory Transmission and Transformation"


May, 2007

Invited lecture presented at the

FRIEDRICH EBERT STIFTUNG GOETHE-INSTITUT WASHINGTON

The Shoah and the Second Generation

"Reflections on Remembrance and Forgiveness"

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Prof. Mona Sue Weissmark, Northwestern University, Chicago, Department of Psychology

Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi, Director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation

Prof. Kiran Klaus Patel, Humboldt University, Berlin

Fellow at The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University 

The short film “Seeing the Other Side – 60 years after Buchenwald” features the story of Mona Weissmark, the child of a Holocaust survivor, through her personal reckoning with history. The legacy of the Holocaust is both personal and collective. The second generation has inherited the duty to remember as well as the choice to forgive. The film presents dilemmas of personal identity, collective guilt, forgiveness and remembrance that will be explored in a discussion with Mona Weissmark and Kiran Klaus Patel after the presentation.


March, 2007

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Invited lecture presented at the

The German Interdisciplinary Group at Northwestern University

"Justice Matters"

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March, 2006

Invited lecture presented at the

CONSULATE GENERAL OF ISRAEL, CHICAGO

"Remembering the Holocaust"

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March, 2006

Invited lecture presented at the

ST JOHN'S NORWAY ANGLICAN CHURCH

Toronto, Canada

Holocaust Education Week

"Helping the Helpless"

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March, 2005

Invited lecture presented at the

OLD STATE CAPITOL

Cosponsored by the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois and Jewish Federations of Illinois

Springfield, Illinois

"Why Remember the Holocaust?"

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Mona Sure Weissmark addressing civic and religious leaders and government officials in Illinois May 11, 2005 in the Old State Capital Building in Springfield. Note on the upper middle, on the government  bench, Governor Rod Blagojevich.

 

Mona S. Weissmark, daughter of Holocaust survivors and author of "Justice Matters: Legacies of the Holocaust and WWII", addressed the 25th annual Yom Hashoah Memorial Service, sponsored by Governor Rod Blagojevich and the Jewish Federations in Illinois May 11, 2005 in the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield. Weissmark is a visiting associate professor in psychology at Northwestern University. Blagojevich and Representative Sara Feigenholtz also spoke. The event, moderated by JCRC Chairman Senator Howard W. Carroll, was attended by religious and civic leaders and government officials including State Senators Ira Silverstein, Carol Ronen and Jeffrey Schoenberg and Representatives Louis Lang, Sidney Mathias, Julie Hamos, Elaine Nekritz and Karen May.


February, 2005

Invited lecture presented at the

THE GOETHE INSTITUT COSPONSORED BY

THE ISRAELI CONSULATE OF ISRAEL

Chicago, Illinois

"Helping the Helpless-Surving the Nazi Era"

Sr. Renate Seebass and Mona Weissmark

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Stephan Seebass, Sr. Renate Seebass,

Mona Weissmark, and Brittany Weissmark Giacomo

When will we help someone? What are the circumstances that prompt people to help or not? Sister Renate Seebass will shed light on the story of why one German family risked their lives to help strangers. In April 1945, Adolf Weissmark and his friend had fled the concentration camp of Lagenstein-Zwieberge, and managed to reach the nearby village of Bornecke. There, starving, covered in lice and ill with typhus and dysentery, they collapsed on the doorstep of pastor Julius Seebass.

The pastor's wife and daughters, Renate and Ricarda, bathed and clothed the two young men and nursed them back to health, and the two men were welcomed into the family. They remained with the Seebass family for several months until they could emigrate to America. Ricarda, who had contracted typhus, probably while tending to the two men, died shortly after they left, and Renate moved to England a few years later, where she became an Anglican nun.

Nearly sixty years have passed, but Sister Renate says she was so moved by the young men's rescue that it has affected her whole life. Sister Renate will discuss her experience and help us understand why some people retain their human compassion even as others have let theirs go.

Mona Sue Weissmark received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. She headed the Harvard Holocaust Conference Research project and was on the faculty of the Harvard University Medical School. She is a visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University.

 


February, 2004

Invited lecture presented at the

EVANSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Evanston, Illinois

"Justice Matters - Legacies of the Holocaust and World War II"


November, 2004

Invited lecture presented at the

CENTENNIAL COLLEGE

TORONTO, CANADA

"Justice Matters - Legacies of the Holocaust and World War II"

TORONTO, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - As part of Holocaust Education Week, Centennial College is presenting guest speaker Mona Sue Weissmark at the Centennial HP Science and Technology Centre on Thursday, November 4 at 7:30 pm. Stemming from an unprecedented study of the children of Holocaust survivors and the children of Third Reich members, professor Weissmark's recently published book, Justice Matters, illustrates how the psychology of hatred and resentment is passed from generation to generation through storytelling. Weissmark will present an inspiring recipe for reconciliation.


February, 2004

Invited lecture presented at the

THE GOETHE INSTITUT & THE SPERTUS INSTITUTE

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

"Justice Matters - Legacies of the Holocaust and World War II"


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October, 2003

Invited lecture presented at the

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Hillel, Chicago

"The Pscyhological Impact of Injustice"


April, 2003

Invited lecture presented at the

THE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE

Sponsored by the FRIEDRICH EBERT FOUNDATION

Washington, DC

Justice Matters: A German-American Dialogue on

the Legacy of the Holocaust and the

Politics and Culture of Memory

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Mona Sue Weissmark

Dr. Dieter Dettke, Director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Weissmark, Dr. Loewy and

Dr. Peck


 

October, 2000

Paper presented at

ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Diversity and Learning: Identity, Community and Intellectual Development

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Intergroup Relations between Descendants of Victims and Victimizers"

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