From Germany to the Philippines: The Rescue of 1,300 German and Austrian Jews in Manila, 1938–1939

This project deals with the little-known story of 1,300 German and Austrian Jews whose lives were saved by escaping to Manila, Philippines during World War II. Dr. Guez’s work on this project is based on rare documents sent to her by the families of the rescued Jews, together with her research at Yad Vashem and the Joint Distribution Committee.

Mothers in Crisis: Changing Concepts of Motherhood in the Lodz and Warsaw Ghettos

This study explores the metamorphosis of Jewish motherhood in the Lodz and Warsaw ghettos from their inception until their destruction, during the period of 1940–1944. Over these four years, traditional maternal roles evolved and charted a new course, comprising behavior previously unknown among Jewish women in Eastern Europe. The research questions to be examined are the following: What kind of family life – motherhood and parenthood – transpired under the constant threat of death and terror? How did the loss of children shape women survivors, and mothers? This project received funding from the International Institute for Holocaust Research of Yad Vashem, and Dr. Guez is currently in the stage of writing the book in preparation of publication.

Publications

Articles

Maya Guez, “The Eternal Immigrant: Romain Gary and the Wandering Jew”, Kesher, volume 49, 2017, pp. 149–152

Forthcoming Publications

Maya Guez, “The Philippine Saving of Jews, 1938–1939”, Yalkut Moreshet, Num. 98, December 2017.

Maya Guez, Things I Wanted to Forget, based on the research project “Mothers in Crisis: Changing Concepts of Motherhood in the Lodz and Warsaw Ghettos”.

Conferences

  • April 18–20, 2016
    Dr. Guez presented a paper entitled “Jerusalem in Modern Israeli Literature” in the conference “If It Was Jerusalem”, Beit Begin, Jerusalem. The conference was organized by Schibboleth – Actualité de Freud, and Dr. Guez was a member of the event’s academic steering committee.

  • July 4–7, 2016
    Dr. Guez represented the Center at the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, where she presented a paper entitled “Medieval Gastronomy in France: Jewish-Christian Relationships”.

  • April 20, 2017
    As part of the Center’s symposium “Jewish Soldiers in World War II”, Dr. Guez delivered a lecture entitled “Jewish or British Patriotism: The Jewish Identity of Soldiers in the British Army during World War II”.

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