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Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) promotes academic research, education and public awareness on the Shoah, other genocides and current forms of mass violence. Your generous support is key to maintaining the important work of the Center, advancing the hightest quality of scholarship, programs, and educational resources.

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  • Student Opportunities

    CHGS guides and mentors undergraduate and graduate students by organizing courses and workshops, offering grants and fellowships and providing unique opportunities for interaction with leading experts in the field. To find out more click here.

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  • Professional and Educational Resources

    CHGS supports educators through interactive workshops and institutes, facilitated by leading experts of Holocaust and genocide education. CHGS's website offers a myriad of resources for teaching age appropriate lessons about the Holocaust and genocide. To learn more click here.

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  • Upcoming in October, international artist DANIEL BLAUFUKS: Local events to include Artist Talk (Oct 13) and Film Screening (Oct 15)

    The Twin Cities, the University of Minnesota, and CHGS welcome a visit by Lisbon-based German-Jewish media artist DANIEL BLAUFUKS

    Artist talk and scholarly roundtable discussion
    Tuesday, October 13
    5:30 - 7:30 PM
    Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 
      Panel to include University of Minnesota faculty Gary Cohen (History), Paula Rabinowitz (English), Alice Lovejoy (Cultural Studied and Comparative Literature), and Leslie Morris (German, Scandinavian and Dutch); and David Harris (RIMON: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation)
        Meet the artist and film screening
        Thursday, October 15
        10:00 - 11:30 AM Coffee with the artist
        10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Als Ob / As If film installation on the Czech city of Terezín (which was formerly the Jewish ghetto of Theresienstadt)
        Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

        Daniel Blaufuks is an acclaimed artist working in Lisbon and exhibiting internationally. His exhibition, "All the Memory of the World, Part One," has as its theme the creation of memory through media. In other words: the use of film and photography to create memories, even memories that are actually fictional. Please read more about this exhibition here.

        At the center of the exhibition is "Als Ob / As If," a monumental 4-hour film installation. In Als Ob, Blaufuks combines footage he shot in 2014 in the Czech city of Terezín, which was formerly the Jewish ghetto of Theresienstadt, with footage from Nazi propaganda films. The contemporary clips are of everything that makes up the life of a normal city. They are reflected in clips from the fake documentary "Theresienstadt" made by the Germans in 1944, which pretended to show how normal the city/ghetto/concentration camp was. In the propaganda film, we see the elderly passing by, children playing, and chess-playing men. Combining clips from these two films is powerful, especially as Blaufuks purposely filmed some scenes in the same locations that the Nazi video depicts.

        Blaufuks was born in Lisbon in 1963 to a family of Jewish German refugees. He studied at Ar.Co (Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual), Lisbon, at the Royal College of Art, London and at the Watermill Foundation, New York.  He exhibits widely and works mainly in photography and video, presenting his work through books, installations and films.

        The documentary "Under Strange Skies" was shown at the Lincoln Center in New York. His exhibitions include: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, LisboaPhoto, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, Photoespaña, Madrid, where his book Under Strange Skies received the award for Best Photography Book of the Year in the International Category in 2007, the year he received the BES Photo Award as well. He published Terezín with Steidl, Götingen. In 2011 he had a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and in 2014 at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon. For more information see

        Event organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, co-sponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, Center for German and European Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Art, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch, Department of History, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Institute for Advanced Studies, Weisman Art Museum, and Macalester College. Additional support from RIMON: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.
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      • Upcoming film screening and talk on September 24: Walter Manoschek, "If that's true, then I'm a murderer!"

        Thursday, September 24, 2015
        4:00 - 6:00 PM
        Film screening and talk
        1210 Heller Hall

        If that's True, then I'm a Murderer: Adolf Storms and the Massacre of Hungarian Jews in Deutsch Schuetzen
        film director Walter Manoschek, professor of political science at the University of Vienna 

        ...dann bin ich ja ein Mörder! (70 min), a film created by Professor Walter Manoschek together with his students at the University of Vienna, the story of SS junior squad leader Adolf Storms, who has never been held account-able for the death of about sixty Hungarian Jewish forced laborers shot by three SS men in the village of Deutsch-Schützen in the Austrian province of Burgenland. In conversations with Storms, HJ leaders who were accessories of the crime, and Jews who survived the massacre, the crime is reconstructed and questions are asked about forgetting, repression and responsibility. The film had it's world premier at the Viennale Film Festival 2012, where it won the Prize of Recognition of the City of Vienna.

        A timely event with the recent trial of the former SS-man, Oskar Groening who served in Auschwitz and stands accused of war crimes. 

        Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, with co-sponsorship by the Center for Austrian Studies.
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      • Upcoming talk, September 29: Michiko Harada, hibakusha (atomic bomb victim), speaking for peace

        Michiko Harada

        Hibakusha (atomic bomb victim)

        September 29, 2015
        4:00 PM
        155 Nicholson Hall
        East Bank
        University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

        2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan; it also marks the 60th anniversary of the friendship between St. Paul and Nagasaki as sister cities. To commemorate, the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims (PMH) is sending the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Exhibition, which will be on display at the Landmark Center in Saint Paul from August 22 to Thanksgiving. 

        Accompanying events include a film screening, and a talk at the University of Minnesota by Ms. Michiko Harada, a hibakusha (atomic bomb victim), who will travel from Nagasaki and speak about her experience with the atomic bomb and why she speaks for peace.

        Talk organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as part of events made possible by the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee, the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims, and the United States - Japan Foundation. Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Department of History and the Human Rights Program.
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      • Courses of interest for the Fall 2015 semester

          GER 1905 -- Freshman Seminar: Remediating the Holocaust (Leslie Morris, Th 4:40-7:10pm, Kolthoff Hall 139)

          HIST 3727 -- History of the Holocaust (Melissa Kelley, M/W 9:45-11:00am, Nicholson 110)
          Study of 1933-1945 extermination of six million Jews and others by Nazi Germany on basis of race. European anti-Semitism. Implications of social Darwinism and race theory. Perpetrators, victims, onlookers, resistance. Theological responses of Jews and Christians. 

          GCC 3002 -- Grand Challenges: Beyond War and Atrocity (Alejandro Baer, Catherine Guisan, Tu/Th 11:15-12:30pm, Anderson Hall 330)

          SOC 4104 -- Crime and Human Rights (Joachim Savelsberg, Tu/Th 2:30-3:45pm, Blegen 225)

          AMIN 1001 -- American Indian Peoples in the United States (Tu/Th 1:00-2:15, Elliott N647)
          Introduction to how voices/visions of indigenous peoples have contributed to history of cultural expression in North America. Historic contexts/varieties of this expression by region, tribal cultures. Emphasizes contributions in literature, philosophy, politics, fine arts.

          AMIN 1003 -- American Indians in Minnesota (multiple listings)
          History, culture, and lived experience of American Indian people in Minnesota. Self-representation and histories of Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and Dakota peoples through film, music, oral traditions, and written texts. Work by non-Indian scholars focuses on cultural, philosophical, and linguistic perspectives of Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples.

          HIST 3872 -- American Indian History since 1830 (W 6:20-8:30, Blegen 110)
          Focus on the impact of federal Indian policy on American Indian cultures and societies, and on American Indian culture change.

          HIST 5940 -- Topics in Asian History: Cultures of Modernity and Memories of the Past in East Asia (Liping Wang, W 3:35-5:30, Carlson 1-122)

          PubH 6801 / 3802 -- Health and Human Rights (Kirk Allison, W 5:40-8:30pm)

          POL 8260 -- Topics in Political Theory: Colonialism (Th 3:35-5:20pm, Soc Sci 1383)

          POL 8660 -- Topics in Comparative Politics: Authoritarian Regimes (David Samuels, Tu 1:25-3:20pm, Blegen 330)

          SPAN 3221 -- Interpreting Colonial Latin America: Empire and Early Modernity (Raul Marrero-Fente, Tu/Thu 1:00-2:15pm, Nicholson 120)
          Conquest, colonization, and forms of resistance in Latin America.

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