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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Today! HGMV Interdisciplinary Graduate Group Meeting!

    Thursday, February 11, 4:00PM, 710 Social Sciences
    RITA KOMPELMAKHER, Department of Theater Arts and Dance
    “Staying Alive: Human Rights and the Performance of Life Support in Post-Soviet Belarusian Theater”



    Margarita (Rita) Kompelmakher is a PhD candidate in the Theater Arts and Dance Department at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her research focuses on the politics of the body and aesthetic production in relation to migration, globalization and rights discourse. Her dissertation investigates shifts in performance practice in post-Soviet Belarusian theater under the demands of human rights discourse and global capital. Her work is published in Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics Journal (Streetnotes), Captured by the City: Perspectives in Urban Culture Studies and the upcoming anthology Performing Freedom: Alternative Theater in Post-Communist Europe. She received a BFA from the Tisch School of Arts at NYU.
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  • CHGS Presents USHMM Research Fellow PEDRO CORREA speaking about the Spanish government's paradoxical politics and policies regarding Jews during WWII

    Thursday, February 18, 4:00 PM 
    710 Social Sciences Building
    PEDRO CORREA, Research Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    The Spanish Paradox: Was Spain a Passive Accomplice or ‘Savior’ during the Holocaust?

    "The Spanish Paradox: Was Spain a Passive Accomplice or ‘Savior’ during the Holocaust," highlights the various links between Francoist Spain and the Holocaust, and assesses the role of the Spanish government in relation to the treatment of the Spanish Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe, as well as to the influx of Jewish refugees to Spain more broadly.


    Pedro Correa Martín-Arroyo is currently the Diane and Howard Fellow at the USHMM, and PhD candidate a the London School of Economics (LSE). His research interests gravitate around the role of the neutral countries during the Holocaust. In particular, his doctoral project addresses the international management of the Jewish refugee crisis in Spain and Portugal during World War II. 


    Mr. Correa has been guest lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London; at the University of Minnesota, and at the American Association of Holocaust Organization's 2016 Winter Seminar. He has written a number of publications, including “The Politics of Holocaust Rescue Myths in Spain: from Francoist Legend to the Righteous Diplomats”, coauthored with Prof. Alejandro Baer and forthcoming in The Politics of the Neutrals during the Shoah(IHRA, 2016); “Franco, Savior of the Jews? Tracing the Genealogy of the Myth and Assessing its Persistence in recent Historiography”, forthcoming in Lessons and Legacies of the Holocaust XIII (Northwestern University, 2018); and “La España Franquista y el Mito de la Salvación de los Judíos durante el Holocausto, 1940-1945” [Francoist Spain and the Myth of the rescue during the Holocaust] in Ubi Sunt? Revista de Historia, No. 28 (2013). Mr. Correahas also been awarded a number of scholarships and distinctions, including the ‘La Caixa’ scholarship for Postgraduate Studies in Europe, the European Parliament-Prof. Bronisław Geremek European Civilisation Chair scholarship for history graduates, and the Best Master Thesis Award by the College of Europe for his dissertation Histoeuropeanisation: Challenges and Implications of rewriting the history of Europe ‘Europeanly’, 1989-2015 (Warsaw, 2013).
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  • Human Rights Awards -- applications now accepted with a deadline of February 26

    As a part of its commitment to recognizing the achievements of students in
    human rights and to offering new experiential learning opportunities, the
    Human Rights Program is pleased to announce its array of awards, financial
    support, and internships available for students in 2016. Whether students
    are seeking their Bachelor's, Master's, PhD, or professional degree, the
    Program is thrilled to be offering a number of ways in which to support
    their work in promoting and protecting human rights.



    - The Program, in conjunction with the University's Center for Holocaust
    and Genocide Studies and the Sullivan Ballou Fund, is once again
    recognizing *undergraduate students *doing tremendous work in human
    rights with the* Inna Meiman Human Rights Award* and the *Sullivan
    Ballou Award*. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to nominate
    students for these $1,000 awards. Self-nominations are also accepted. *March
    22, 2016 application deadline.*

    - Following a very successful 2015 collaboration, the Program is again
    partnering with the local non-profit Children of Incarcerated Caregivers in
    seeking*graduate/professional and upper-level undergraduate students* to
    serve on an *interdisciplinary research team* during summer 2016. The
    team will research the effects of parental incarceration and will advocate
    for effective policies and programs on this issue. Stipends of $5,500 for
    graduate/professional students and $4,000 for undergraduates are offered
    for this FT, two-month internship opportunity. *February 26,
    2016 application deadline.*

    - Last but not least, the Program is offering up to $4,000 of support to
    select *undergraduates* and *graduate/professional students pursuing the
    graduate minor in human rights* who will be completing a *human-rights-related
    internship* in the summer of 2016. *February 26, 2016 application
    deadline.*

    Much more information on each award/internship as well as information on
    how to apply is available on the Program's website
    <http://hrp.cla.umn.edu/events/allNews.php?entry=tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4403982677299879914.post-6848440456601849776>
    . You may also contact Rochelle Hammer in the Human Rights Program with
    questions related to these opportunities, hamm0229@umn.edu or 612-626-7947.
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  • Upcoming Panel Event!

    Wednesday, March 9, 2:30-4:30 PM (120 Andersen Library)
    Antisemitism in Today's Europe: Between Neo-Nationalism and Global Terrorism
    KENNETH MARCUS, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law 

    GÜNTHER JIKELI, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, Indiana University 
    BRUNO CHAOUAT, Department of French and Italian, University of Minnesota
    Moderated by PATRICIA LORCIN, Department of History, University of Minnesota
    Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of French and Italian, cosponsored by the Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas
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