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Sky Tinged Red is the chronicle of Isaia Eiger's two years as a prisoner in Auschwitz- Birkenau. Eiger immediately wrote of his experiences in the camp shortly after the war. The book focuses on his experiences and his role in the resistance movement that took place at the camp.
Isaia Eiger passed away in 1960, leaving the manuscript unpublished for his family. Discovered by his daughter Dora Eiger Zaidenweber, it was put aside until the mid 80's when she set out to translate her father's story. After translating the nearly 100 pages of the typed manuscript she was surprised to find that it abruptly ended prior to his liberation. It would be another 20 years before she would find the remainder of the memoir, which was handwritten in Yiddish. The pages were small and the writing detailed and cramped, which made the process of translating the remaining pages incredibly challenging considering Zaidenweber was now legally blind. Determined, she invented a process to translate the pages. Even so, it took a great deal of patience and persistence on her part to finish the memoir that has now been published. The process she underwent to translate her father's words is a true testament to her strength of character.
The book is now available for purchase and more information can be found by clicking here.
For more information about Dora's story please visit her CHGS web page.
Taylor is the recipient of the Sullivan Ballou award, and Menke received the Inna Meiman Award. These two exemplary students have demonstrated incredible aptitude, commitment, and passion in their service of others throughout their time at the University of Minnesota.
An awards luncheon will take place on Friday, May 3 at 12:00 p.m. 280 Ferguson Hall.
Whitney Taylor is a dedicated and emerging human rights activist and scholar, who exhibits incredible energy and intellect inspiring and mobilizing all of those around her.
Taylor has contributed expertise in editing and assisting various human rights research projects and publications and has conducted some of her own human rights research.
Whitney has also contributed to the promotion of human rights through her travels to South Africa during the summer of 2011, where she worked to empower individuals as a research intern for the Southern African Media and Gender Institute. While in Cape Town, Whitney worked to bring meaningful change and to give a voice to those who might otherwise not have been heard through facilitating empowerment workshops in women's prisons.
As an employee at the Human Rights Program, Whitney has assisted in successfully carrying out countless human rights events, which have served to raise awareness on many different critical human rights issues.
Katie Menke, is a devoted human rights activist and scholar whose summa thesis examines the work of the Salvadorian organization, Pro-Busqueda, which reunites families with children who were kidnapped during the country's civil war. In addition to her academic attention to issues of human rights and social justice, Katie has given freely and extensively of herself to advocating on behalf of human rights, particularly in relation to youth, homelessness and inequality. This past winter, Katie took the initiative to spread information about resources for the homeless in Minneapolis, including a program established by St. Stephen's Outreach. During the fall/winter of 2010-11, Katie volunteered with the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), working throughout the Twin Cities specifically on their retail cleaning campaign, which focused on bringing attention the poor working conditions of retail cleaners.(Continue Reading)
In this workshop we will examine questions such as how the Nazi murder of European Jews became "The Holocaust"? How is this story conveyed through public memorials, school curricula, art, literature and film? How has the Holocaust been contextualized and rendered meaningful within the diversity of European nations and in the distant US? And what are its implications for teaching the Holocaust in the classroom?
We will approach the topic from an interdisciplinary perspective, with internationally recognized scholars in the fields of history, sociology, literature and German/European studies from the University of Minnesota and Gustavus Adolphus College. Speakers will focus on historiography, testimony, media and visual arts and will assist educators in creating curriculum and lessons they can incorporate into their classrooms.
Director and Stephen C. Feinstein Chair, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota
Leslie Morris, Associate Professor, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota
Joachim J. Savelsberg, Professor Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota
Elizabeth Baer, Professor English, African Studies, Gustavus
Jodi Elowitz, Outreach Coordinator, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota
Sunday April 28th, 6:30 p.m.
Sabes Jewish Community Center
$5 donation requested.
Dessert reception to follow in honor of: Susette Liepmannssohn Freund
Presented by the Children of Holocaust Survivors in Minnesota (CHAIM)
The Heart of a Mother: Susette's Story: A Film by Rod Martel
Like so many refugee families from Nazi Germany, Rod Martel's experience was typical, if that is the word you can use for the horror visited upon a generation of German Jews. While many of his relatives perished, his parents barely escaped to start a normal life in the United States. His fraternal grandparents fled to Australia, but he always wondered exactly what had happened to his maternal grandmother, Susette, (ex-wife of cinematographer/director Karl Freund) who had been swallowed up by the Nazi war machine.(Continue Reading)
April 26th - May 2nd
Landmark's Edina Cinema
3911 West 50th Street - Edina, MN
In 1996, Chris Nicola, an ex-NYC cop and world-renowned cave explorer, makes a discovery deep underground in the largest cave system in the Ukraine. Buttons, shoes, a key and names scrawled on the cave wall, are mute testimonies to what happened here long ago. The story that Nicola has stumbled upon begins in 1942, when Ukrainian authorities, in conjunction with the Nazi occupiers, begin rounding up the Jews for deportation to concentration camps. Encouraged by one mother's burning wish to save her children, five families defy the soldiers and descend into the eerie cave system outside of their town. It is the beginning of a 544 day odyssey into a dark, damp maze and never-ending night. No Place On Earth recounts the longest recorded underground survival in human history.
Wednesday, April 24
St. Sahag Armenian Church
The Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota in conjunction with St. Sahag Armenian Church will be observing the 98th anniversary commemoration of the Genocide. This year's theme is one of renewal ("the Armenian phoenix") as we look towards the end of a century of genocide and a greater understanding of human rights for all.
Remarks by Alejandro Baer, music and readings.
Free and open to the public.
For more on the Armenian genocide visit the Armenian CHGS page.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Adath Jeshurun Congregation
10500 Hillside Lane West, Minnetonka, MN 55305
The 2013 Twin Cities Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemoration will feature Eli Rosenbaum, Director of the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. Rosenbaum is the longest serving prosecutor and investigator of Nazi criminals in history.
The annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration honors the memory of the six million Jews and other victims murdered in the Holocaust. As is tradition at Yom HaShoah, Holocaust survivors are invited to light candles in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Members of the Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota (CHAIM) will assist in the lighting of candles.
The Yom HaShoah Commemoration is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota (CHAIM), Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul, and Minneapolis Jewish Federation.(Continue Reading)
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of History, University of Minnesota Announce a Call for Applicants for the Bernard and Fern Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
The Fellowship is for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The Badzin Fellowship will pay a living stipend of $18,000, and the cost of tuition, mandatory fees and health insurance.
Eligibility: An applicant must be a current student in a Ph.D. program in the College of Liberal Arts, currently enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of study, and have a doctoral dissertation project in Holocaust and genocide studies. The fellowship will be awarded on the basis of the quality and scholarly potential of the dissertation project, the applicant's quality of performance in the graduate program, and the applicant's general scholarly promise.
Required application materials:
1) A letter of application (maximum 4 pages single-spaced) describing the applicant's intellectual interests and dissertation research and the research and/or writing which the applicant expects to do during the fellowship year
2) A current curriculum vitae for the applicant
3) An unofficial transcript of all graduate work done at the University of Minnesota
4) TWO confidential letters of recommendation from U of MN faculty, discussing the quality of the applicant's graduate work and dissertation project and the applicant's progress toward completing the degree, sent directly to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (chgs.umn.edu).
All application materials must be received by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies electronically chgs.umn.edu, no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, March 15, 2013. The awardee will be announced no later than Friday, April 26, 2013.(Continue Reading)
Three of the films to be introduced by Alejandro Baer and Jodi Elowitz
Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival
February 28-March 17, 2013
For information on the Festival and all films please click here.
These Holocaust Films will have their Minnesota premier at the Minneapolis Film Festival.
No Place on Earth
Saturday, March 9 at 8 pm
Sabes JCC Theatre
For complete descriptions of the films and ticket information please click here.
Checkpoint Charlie Foundation Berlin Summer Academy
The Holocaust & Present-day Jewish Life in Germany
July 14-21, 2013
Deadline for Applications, April 1, 2013
This one-week study tour in July of each year is designed for U.S. secondary school teachers to gain insight into many of the historical, social, religious, political, and economic factors that cumulatively resulted in the Holocaust.
For complete information and application forms please visit their website by clicking here.(Continue Reading)
Operation Iraqi Freedom began on March 19, 2003. Coming on the heels of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, it inserted the United States deeply into Middle East affairs. As we approach the 10th anniversary of these wars, join us as we discuss the media coverage and the ripple effect they have had on the entire region.
Sponsored by: Journalism and Mass Communication, Minnesota Journalism Center, Anthropology.
For more information contact Sue Couling at email@example.com.(Continue Reading)
Hena Uŋkiksuyapi: In Commemoration of the Dakota Mass Execution of 1862 will be on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus Adolphus College from December 17, 2012 through February 8, 2013, with an opening reception Monday, December 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Hena Uŋkiksuyapi, Dakota for "we remember those," features artworks by Dakota and other Native American artists presented in commemoration of the mass execution on December 26, 1862 of 38 Dakota following the end of the Dakota-U.S. War of earlier that year.
The exhibition includes works by artists Janice Albro, Joseph J. Allen, Gordon Coons, Jerry Fogg, Erin Griffin, Jacob Pratt, Mona Smith, Robert Two Bulls, and Gwen Westerman (exhibition co-curator).
Together with the History Department, the Strassler Center offers a unique doctoral program in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies. We also offer an interdisciplinary Ph.D. stream in the Psychology of Genocide. This initiative draws upon the Psychology Department's expertise in social processes and cultural psychology that is developed within the SEC (Socio-Evolutionary-Cultural) psychology track and the Center's scholarship in genocide and Holocaust history.
The deadline for applications to the Holocaust History and Genocide Studies program is January 15, 2013. Potential applicants can learn more at their website.
Deadline for applications to the psychology of genocide program is December 27, 2012. More information is available by clicking here.
Questions, please contact Professor Thomas Kühne, Director of Graduate Studies: firstname.lastname@example.org.(Continue Reading)
The Metamorphosis to Freedom by Dr. Robert O. Fisch
November 1-December 27, 2012
Tychman Shapiro Gallery
Minneapolis Sabes JCC
4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, 55416
"Remain human-even in inhuman circumstances." Dr. Robert O. Fisch
Dr. Fisch is a retired pediatrician and visual artist as well as a Holocaust survivor. His art expresses issues of humanity that he hopes will heal the world in the aftermath of the Holocaust.(Continue Reading)
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is offering a limited number of fellowships for Ph.D. and postdoctoral (new!) candidates pursuing advanced Holocaust studies.
The application deadline is January 11, 2013 for the academic year of 2013-2014.
The Saul Kagan Fellowship in 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. Studies can include the immediate historical context in which the Holocaust took place and encompass political, economic, legal, religious and socio-cultural aspects, as well as ethical and moral implications. The Fellowship also supports awardees in learning languages of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and other geographical locations, which are necessary for the study of Holocaust-related documents. Postdoctoral candidates focusing on topics related to contemporary anti-Semitism will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.(Continue Reading)
A lecture given by Beatrice Ohanessian at the University of Minnesota is now available on the CHGS YouTube channel. In the lecture, Ms. Ohanessian discusses her mother's family's experience during the Armenian genocide. Her mother and two uncles survived the genocide. Click here to watch the video.
Beatrice Ohanessian (1927-2008) was born in Baghdad to Armenian parents; her mother and two uncles were survivors of the Armenian genocide. She was the premier concert pianist in Iraq, as well as a composer. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and received a Fullbright Scholarship to study at the Juilliard School in New York. She moved permanently to the U.S. in 1994, where she settled in the Minneapolis area near her brother Arsham and sister Sita. She taught piano the University of Minnesota, Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas.
Beatrice was featured on Minnesota Public Radio in 2004; click here to read the feature.
To read her obituary in the Star Tribune, click here.
On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, Dr. Elizabeth Baer, Professor of English and Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, previewed her new book, The Golem Redux. Baer spoke about how contemporary Jewish-American writers have created golem stories as a re-imagining of text-centered Jewish traditions by appropriating, adapting, revising and riffing on older golem legends. Such appropriation, deploying the imagination to seek a better understanding of human nature, is crucial in light of the Holocaust experience under the Nazis. The presentation included golems from novels, comic books, graphic narratives, and "The X-Files."(Continue Reading)
Twin Cities Polish Film Fest
Presented by The Twin Cities Polish Festival and The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul
August 10-16, 2012
St. Anthony Main Theatre
115 Main Street, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers
August 10, 11, 14
For showtimes and tickets click here.
The true story of a group of young Polish women, some barely out of their teens, who outfoxed the Nazis during World War II to save the lives of thousands of Jewish children. For decades, Irena Sendler kept silent about her wartime work. Now, in the last long interviews she gave before she died at the age of 98, she reveals the truth about a daring conspiracy of women in occupied Poland. Irena Sendler was a 29-yearold social worker when the Nazis invaded Poland. When Warsaw's Jews were imprisoned inside a ghetto without food and medicine, she and her friends smuggled in aid and began smuggling orphaned children out - hiding them in convents, orphanages and private homes.(Continue Reading)
CHAIM (Children of Holocaust Survivors Association of Minnesota) is seeking individuals who are second and third generation Holocaust survivors.
Founded in 2000, the group is committed to the preservation and passing on of their families' stories. Over the years members have participated in planning the annual Yom HaShoah commemoration, spoken to schools and religious organizations, and have participated in public programming aimed at educating individuals about the Holocaust.
Currently, the group meets once a month for private gatherings to share their families stories while viewing films, hosting speakers and other special guests.
The group is currently reaching out to other second and third generation individuals who may be unaware of the group, and who might be interested in joining in order to connect with the survivor community and to receive notices about programming or other related information.
Talmud Torah Minneapolis announced today that it is seeking Holocaust survivors for their successful Adopt a Survivor program.
The program, now in its fourth year, allows a Holocaust survivor to share his/her life experiences and personal journey with a teen "adopter." The idea is that based on the time spent together, the teen will "adopt" the survivor's story and tell it to others. All teen participants in the program make a pledge to share their story at the 100th Commemoration of the Liberation of the Camps at the Holocaust Memorial in 2045, thus ensuring that it will be passed on to future generations. The students visit their partners at least once a month after school, as well as attend a Talmud Torah class that provides them with historical context about the Holocaust and the impact it had (and still has) on people's lives. At the end of the program, students create a special presentation and will have developed a personal relationship that will last for the rest of their lives.(Continue Reading)
Mary Neuman, noted Minneapolis resident and Holocaust survivor, announces the publication of her life memoirs in "POCKETS IN MY SOUL". It is the story of her life beginning in Lwow, Poland where she spent a happy childhood with her family. She chronicles the events in her life including living through the Russian occupation, to fleeing the Nazi invaders until being captured.
A special program at Temple Israel of Minneapolis located at 2324 Emerson Ave. S. on Friday, June 15 honoring Mary, who together with family members will read from her book. The program starts at 6:00 p.m. The book is available at the Temple Israel Gift Shop and sells for $14.95.
For more information contact Temple Israel 612-377-8680.(Continue Reading)
Sunday, May 20
5224 West 26th Street
St. Louis Park
Services begin at 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Presentation
"Honoring the Image of God: Reviewing Torture Jewishly"
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, Director of Rabbis for Human Rights North America will anchor a panel addressing the spiritual concerns with regard to torture. Barbara Frey, Director of the Human Rights Program in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Steven Miles, Professor and Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics, University of Minnesota Medical School will join her on the panel.
The discussion is part of Beth-El's annual Arthur and Irene Stillman Torah Scholar in Residence Weekend, Friday, May 18-20.
For more information please contact Beth-El Synagogue at 952-920-3512.(Continue Reading)
April 2-May 11, 2012
2nd/3rd Floor Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library
Coffman Memorial Union
May 2-4, 2012
Free and Open to the public
Ancient Traditions Increasingly important in Turbulent Modern Times
The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren, opens an intimate window into ancient and contemporary China. The works reveal the traditional Chinese culture based around mind and body cultivation (self-improvement) and living in harmony with nature. With moral improvement, a resilient inner beauty arises. The re-emergence of this tradition in China has come through in the recent popularity of Falun Gong over the past 2 decades.
Forced by the Nazi's, a Algerian immigrant (Tahar Rahim) spies on the leaders of a Paris Mosque under suspicion of secretly hiding Jews and working with the Resistance, leading him to an awakening from illiterate worker to passionate freedom fighter. Based on actual events in Paris under the Occupation.
To view the trailer click here.
97th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide
Tuesday, April 24
St. Sahag Armenian Church
203 N. Howell St., St. Paul
Remembrance (Die verlorene Zeit)
Sunday, March 18 at 7 pm
Sunday, March 25 at 4 pm
Dolly & Edward Fiterman Theatre at the Sabes JCC
As Seen Through These Eyes
Special Guest: Director, Hilary Helstein. Screening dedicated to Stephen Feinstein.
Sunday, March 25 at 12 pm
Dolly & Edward Fiterman Theatre at the Sabes JCC
July 15-22, 2012
A summer study program in Berlin, Germany, for U.S. public secondary school teachers in cooperation with the Education Division of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
A summer study program in Washington, DC, Poland, Germany and Israel
for secondary school teachers.
The Summer Seminar Program on Holocaust and Jewish Resistance was initiated by Vladka Meed in 1984. This year's program is scheduled for July 1-20, 2012. This seminar is for secondary school teachers who implement Holocaust studies in their classrooms. Our group visits historic sites and hears from survivors and prominent scholars.
Telling the Story Teaching the Core: Holocaust Education for the 21st Century
June 18-21, 2012
The Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies, based at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, is open to international applications for the 2012 summer session (July 5 to August 17). The application deadline is January 15, 2012.(Continue Reading)
January 4,5,10,17,24,26, 2012
Linnaeus Arboretum, Gustavus Adolphus College campus.
All lectures are free and open to the public.
The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program is a three week study trip
for students who are matriculated in graduate programs or are completing
undergraduate degrees in 2012 in Holocaust studies and related fields.
I Am My Own Wife
By Doug Wright
Directed by Joel Sass
Starring Bradley Greenwald
Now through December 18, 2011
The Jungle Theater
Now through December 5
Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave S
By Tadeusz Slobodzianek
October 29 - November 20, 2011
Minnesota Jewish Theater Company
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011
Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis 55411
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday Nov 6, 2011
Friday, October 28, 4:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union.
November 1- January 12, 2012
The Holocaust Memorial and Resource Education Center of Florida are displaying the work of photographer Maxine Rude. Rude was a photographer for the United States Army and then for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA). The organization was formed to help the approximately 21 million people displaced throughout war-torn Europe.(Continue Reading)
A Talk by Ofer Ashkenazi, Ph.D.
Wednesday, October 19
Room 1210 Heller Hall
August 31 - October 16
Special Artist Reception
Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 pm.
St. Paul JCC
Susan Weinberg, an internationally exhibited artist, combines her passion for genealogy and cultural history in this two-part exhibit "A Hole in Time," developed through a partnership with local Holocaust survivor and educator Dora Zaidenweber and "The Silence Speaks Loudly" inspired by time spent in Vilnius,Lithuania.
Friday, September 23 - Friday, December 30, 2011
Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library
210 Rapson Hall
Artist Joyce Ellen Weinstein
The University of Haifa is pleased to announce the opening of the MA program in Holocaust Studies that will be taught in English, for 2012-2013 academic year.
This is the only graduate program in Holocaust Studies that is taught in Israel and is unique in its multidisciplinary curriculum and approach. It is dedicated to the creation and nurturing of a new generation of Holocaust researchers. Its aim is to provide them with a well rounded curriculum from a wide variety of disciplines and subjects (history, social psychology, anthropology, genocide and international law, literature and more), diverse methodologies and essential languages.
This series relates to the occupation of France by the Germans in World War II. Some scenes are lyrical, while others focus on the chaos of war and the victimization of the Jews.
The Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland is looking for interns.
For more information please read the attached file.(Continue Reading)
In an effort to better publicize community events on our website and on our listserv, we have created a Community Events form. If you are a non-campus organization planning an event or program related to our mission, please submit this form for review.(Continue Reading)
Monday, July 18, 2011
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is offering a limited number of fellowships for Ph.D. candidates pursuing studies of the Holocaust.(Continue Reading)
Thursday, July 14, 2011, 6 PM
Amherst H. Wilder Center
451 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul