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A Conversation about
"The Counterfeit Countess" with Elizabeth B. White and Joanna Sliwa
the United Nations pays tribute to the bravery of all those who
stood up to the Nazis, despite the grave risks. The theme guiding
Holocaust education and remembrance in 2024 is “Recognizing the
extraordinary courage of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.”
We honor their legacy with their remarkable stories and history.
In February, we will highlight the extraordinary courage of Dr.
Josephine Janina Mehlberg.
There will be two opportunities to engage with Elizabeth B. White
(former Research Director for the Center for the Prevention of
Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) and Joanna
Sliwa (historian at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims
Against Germany), co-authors of the newly published, “The
Counterfeit Countess”. White and Sliwa detail the history of the
unrecognized hero, Jewish mathematician Dr. Josephine Janina
Mehlberg. Masquerading as a Polish aristocrat, the “Countess”
persuaded SS officials to release thousands of Poles from Majdanek
concentration camp. Dr. Mehlberg secured permission to deliver food
and medicine for thousands more inmates, and she smuggled supplies
and messages to incarcerated resistance fighters. Incredibly, Dr.
Mehlberg eluded detection, survived the war, and emigrated to the
Virtual Discussion Thursday, 15 February, at 12:00 p.m. EST
is hosted by The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide,
and Crimes Against Humanity, The Graduate Center—City University of
New York, in association with the Center for Jewish Studies and
CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences, The Graduate
Center—City University of New York; the William T. Daly School of
General Studies and the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide
Studies, Stockton University, and the Holocaust and the United
Nations Outreach Programme. Professor Debórah Dwork (Director of
The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes
Against Humanity, GC—CUNY) chairs.
Meet the Authors at the
UN Bookshop Tuesday, 27 February, at
1:00 p.m. EST
For guests attending the event in-person, please arrive by 12:30
p.m. at the UN Visitor Check-in Office (801
First Avenue at 45th Street, across the street from the UN
Visitors Entrance) to obtain a security pass.
After receiving your pass, proceed across the street to the United
Nations Visitors Entrance (46th Street and First Avenue) for
security screening and access to UN Headquarters.
The United Nations Bookshop is located in the Visitors
Concourse, in the basement of the General Assembly
All visitors 18 years and older (and unaccompanied children 12
years and older) are required to present a valid government-issued
photo identification when entering the United
Nations. The photo identification must be original (no photographs
or photocopies accepted), in Latin/Roman characters, and may
include: Passport, Driver's license, National identity card and
United Nations Department of Global Communications The Holocaust and the United
Nations Outreach Programme 405 East 42nd Street · New
York, NY 10017