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Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) provides a collaborative intellectual space for sharing expertise and academic resources to study the Holocaust, other genocides and current forms of mass violence in the hopes of preventing future atrocities. CHGS relies on your generous support to help us maintain and fulfill our mission.

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  • A Cinematic Look at Political Violence in Latin America

    Fridays, October and November 2014
    2:00-4:00p.m.
    Room 710 Social Sciences
    Presented by Paula Cuellar, 2014-2015 Badzin Fellow in Holocaust & Genocide Studies

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    From the dictatorships of the Southern Cone to the civil wars that took place in Central America, the selected films will provide a lens into the systematic and widespread human rights violations that were perpetrated by state authorities during the last decades of the past century. By depicting the different situations lived in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador, the viewers will be able to explore the darkest moments of the history of Latin America in the twentieth century through the arts. In addition to the films we will have discussions on the different implications that the particular forms of violence had for every country.

    Friday, October 10: The Official Story (Argentina, 1985): The film deals with the story of an upper middle class couple who lives in Buenos Aires with an illegally adopted child. The mother comes to realize that her daughter may be the child of a desaparecido, a victim of the forced disappearances that occurred during Argentina's last military dictatorship. Director: Luis Puenzo.

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  • Our Mothers, Our Heimat, Our Holocaust: "Ordinary" Nazis on German Television, 1984-2014

    A Lecture by Offer Ashkenazi
    Monday, September 22
    4:00 p.m.
    1210 Heller Hall

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    Edgar Reitz's groundbreaking TV drama "Heimat" aired 30 years ago in an attempt to 'take back" German history from the American entertainment industry. Going back to this drama -- and to the sequel and prequel Reitz directed during the past decades -- I will suggest that "Heimat" subtly provided a revolutionary portrayal of World War II as a framework in which "German" and "Jewish" categories have been melded together to create a new nation (or a genuine alternative to "American" imperialism). In emphasizing this process, I will look at more recent productions, such as "Generation War," to argue that Reitz's implicit notion of German-Jewish symbiosis has been replicated in later mainstream TV dramas. The transformation of this image, however, replaced the self-criticism (or self-mockery) of "Heimat" with a melodramatic affirmation of Germany's "cure" from its violent past.

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  • Convert or Die Christian Persecution and the Rise of the Islamic State

    A round table discussion with French author Richard Millet

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    Thursday, September 18
    3:00pm
    Room 710 Social Sciences Building

    In recent months Christians in Iraq have been given a seriously stark choice by the terrorist group ISIS- "Convert, pay a religious tax, or die!" Forcing many to flee while others have been tortured and killed. Mainly unnoticed by the media the current crisis has hit peak levels and Iraqi Christians no longer feel safe in their homes or country.

    French author Richard Millet will discuss the current situation giving insight into the crisis. Millet has spent many years in Lebanon living among the Christian Maronites his latest work on Middle Eastern Christians will be published in Paris later this year.

    The lecture will be in French & English with a translation by Bruno Chaouat, Chair of the Department of French & Italian, and Monica Kelley, JD, PhD.

    This is the first and long-awaited visit of Richard Millet to the United States. Millet is the author of over twenty books of fiction, a prolific essayist, and a beacon of the contemporary French novel. His essays have provoked robust debate in Europe. His eclectic writings include autobiographical novels that explore questions of origin, mourning and dereliction. His most recent work is on Charlotte Salomon, a German Jewish artist murdered at Auschwitz.

    Sponsored by: Human Rights Program, Department of French & Italian and Program in Human Rights & Health

    Photo: Eddie Potros

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  • Call for Abstracts Special Issue of Gender & History

    Special Issue of Gender & History Volume 28:3 (November 2016)
    Gender and Global Warfare in the Twentieth Century
    Edited by Louise Edwards (UNSW Australia), Martha Hanna (University of Colorado), and Patricia M. E. Lorcin (University of Minnesota).

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    Gender & History calls for article abstracts for a special issue addressing 'Gender and Global Warfare in the Twentieth Century'. Although the occasion for this special issue is the centenary of the First World War, we are interested in contributions that provide a gendered analysis of modern warfare across the globe and throughout the twentieth century, as well as articles relating to the First World War era in particular. Scholarly contributions to the literature on gender and war are usually restricted to a specific war in a specific place, but the memory and trauma of past wars shape the politics, cultures and societies in post-war periods and create the basis on which future wars are waged, experienced or perceived.

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  • Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies

    The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference)
    is offering a limited number of fellowships for Ph.D. and Post Doctoral Candidates
    Conducting Research on the Holocaust.

    The application deadline is January 5, 2015 for the academic year of 2015-2016.
    Maximum Award Amount: $20,000 Per Year

    The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies aims to strengthen Shoah studies and Holocaust memory throughout the world. Our mission is to support the advanced study of the fate of Jews who were systematically targeted for destruction or persecution by the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945, as well as immediate post-war events.

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  • First Meeting of the HGMV 2014-2015 Workshop Announced

    Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence
    Studies (HGMV) Interdisciplinary Graduate Group
    2014-2015 workshops

    First Meeting
    Thursday, September 18
    12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Room 710 Social Sciences Building
    Lunch will be provided

    The group was founded to foster interdisciplinary conversations on the subject areas of Holocaust studies, genocide and memory, peace and conflict studies, human rights, nationalism and ethnic violence, representations of violence and trauma, conflict resolution, transitional justice, historical consciousness and collective memory.

    The HGMV Graduate Group also provides funds for graduate students whose work has been accepted for conference presentations.

    To RSVP to the September 18 meeting or for more information on how to become involved please contact Erma Nezirevic at nezir001@umn.edu.

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