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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.

Center News

  • 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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  • This Week's 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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  • Spring 2016 CHGS Program Preview

    Wednesday, February 3, 3:00 PM (325 Nicholson Hall)
    DANIEL SCHROETER, University of Minnesota
    On the Margins of the Holocaust: Jews and Muslim in the Colonial Maghreb During World War II
    Organized by the Center for Jewish Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
     

    Thursday, February 18, 4:00 PM (710 Social Sciences Building)
    PEDRO CORREA, Research Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    The Spanish Paradox: Spain as a Passive Accomplice and ‘Savior’ to the Holocaust
    Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

    Wednesday, February 24, 1:00-2:30 PM (25 Humphrey)
    KEMAL PERVANIC, Film Producer
    Film Screening and Discussion on Pretty Village (68 min.): a film about a Bosnian village and what happens to a society torn apart by conflict
    Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
     

    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 

    Sunday, April 3 (shuttle bus from campus to Fort Snelling State Park)

    IYEKIYAPEWIN DARLENE ST. CLAIR, St. Cloud State University
    Guided Tour of Bdote Dakota Site at Fort Snelling State Park
    Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies   

    Thursday, April 14 (University Hall, McNamara Alumni Center)*2016 Ohanessian Lecture*
    PETER BALAKIAN, Colgate University
    The Armenian Genocide and Cultural Destruction
    Organized by the Ohanessian Chair, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

    Tuesday, April 19, 4:00PM (1210 Heller Hall)
    EDITH SHEFFER, Stanford University
    Origins of Autism in the Third Reich

    Organized by the Center for Austrian Studies, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies


    Wednesday, April 20, 6:30PM (1210 Heller Hall)
    ARLENE STEIN, Rutgers University
    Reluctant Witnesses: Survivors, Their Children, and the Rise of Holocaust Consciousness 
    Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, made possible by the generosity of individual supporters

    Wednesday, April 27 (Wilson Library)
    Exhibit Opening at Wilson Library: CHGS art and historical objects, curated by students
    Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in conjunction with Deborah Boudewyns' "Workshop in Art" course on curatorial theory and practice (ARTS 1490/3490)

    Thursday, May 5, 4:00 PM, 710 Social Sciences Building

    *Holocaust Memorial Day*
    SIDI N'DIAYE,
    Research Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    The Role of Historical Hate Representations in the Murder of Neighbors in Rwanda (1994) and Poland (World War II)
    Organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, cosponsored by the African Studies Initiative and the Human Rights Program, held in conjunction with the Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Violence (HGMV) interdisciplinary graduate student group


    Sunday, May 15, 3:00 PM, Sokol Czech Slovak Community Center 
    Performance of the Musical Drama Broucci (Fireflies), based on the Czech folktale and performed at the Terezin / WWII Jewish camp-ghetto of Theresienstadt
    Organized by Judith Brin Ingber, the Czech and Slovak School and Taneční Mládež, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Center for Austrian Studies


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  • March 11 application deadline for Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute (TASI) 2016 to be co-taught by Professor Bernt Schnettler and CHGS Director Alejandro Baer


    Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute (TASI) 2016
    Reframing Mass Violence in Europe and the Americas: The Holocaust & Global Memory Constellations

    June 12-19, 2016, Universität Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
     

    Graduate Student Fellowship Program
    Application deadline: Friday, March 11, 2016
    This Summer Institute’s objective is to explore the particular developments and transnational entanglements of memory discourses in societies revisiting their legacies of large-scale political violence. This entails processes of re-interpretation, renaming and reframing of a) the atrocities themselves and b) the (often questioned) transitional justice mechanisms that were adopted in their aftermaths. We place special emphasis on the analyses of practices, rituals and social events that help creating, supporting and disseminating social memories related to mass violence.

    For more information see the CGES website.


    Presented by the Center for German & European Studies at the University of Minnesota, which is funded by the University of Minnesota and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), in cooperation with Universität Bayreuth (Germany).
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