Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) – Holocaust survivors Edith Shapiro and Selma Rossen and family in conversation with Melissa Fleming, USG for Global Communications, about Family and Memory, Home and Belonging
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On Tuesday, 18 April 2023, Melissa Fleming, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications engaged in conversation across three generations: sisters Edith Shapiro and Selma Rossen, Edith's son, Mark Shapiro, and Selma's grandson, Alex Rossen. Born in Poland, Edith was six and Selma was four when the Second World War began.
Through hiding in cellars, in bunkers, in attics, and being sheltered by courageous rescuers, Edith, Selma and their parents survived. Today Edith is a retired psychiatrist, and Selma, a retired engineer. Mark is a professional musician and conductor, and Alex is the co-founder of the Zikaron collective, an initiative that raises awareness about the link between state violence and intergenerational trauma. The discussion, filmed in the United Nations Bookshop, marks Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). The discussion is part of the "In Conversation Series" that brings Holocaust survivors, their children and grandchildren together to speak about Family and Memory, Home and Belonging.