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  • Marek Edelman Dialogue Center to commemorate 70th anniversary of Litzmannstadt Ghetto liquidation

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    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Litzmannstadt (i.e. Łódź) Ghetto, the second-largest ghetto (after the Warsaw Ghetto) established for Jews and Romani in German-occupied Poland. The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center will be hosting a commemoration of the ghetto's liquidation from August 28 - 31, 2014 in and near Łódź, Poland.

    A total of 204,000 Jews passed through the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. Despite reverses in the war, the Germans persisted in liquidating the ghetto and were able to transport the remaining population to Auschwitz and Chełmno extermination camps, where most died. It was the last ghetto in Poland to be liquidated. It is believed that the last transport took place on August 29, 1944.

    A full program of the commemorations can be found by clicking here. Registration is needed to take part in selected events and is available here.

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  • USC Shoah Foundation seeking 2014-2015 Center Research Fellow

    The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research (CAGR) has invited senior scholars to apply for its 2014-2015 Center Research Fellow. Applications will be accepted from now until July 14, 2014.

    The fellowship provides $30,000 support and will be awarded to an outstanding candidate from any discipline who will advance genocide research through the use of the Visual History Archive (VHA) of the USC Shoah Foundation and other USC resources. The incumbent will spend one semester in residence at the CAGR during the 2014-2015 academic year and will be expected to provide the Center with fresh research perspectives, play a role in Center activities, and to give a public talk during his or her stay.

    For more information, please see the USC Shoah Foundation Call for Applications.pdf

    The CAGR was launched in April 2014 and builds on the diverse and interdisciplinary genocide research programs established over the last several years at the University of Southern California to offer a unique research opportunity to students and scholars around the world.

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  • In Memoriam. Fred Baron (1924-2014)

    CHGS is sad to announce the loss of friend and Holocaust survivor, Fred Baron.

    Fred Baron was born in Vienna in 1924. He was 15 when the German's annexed (Anschluss) Austria in 1938. Fred's father had died while his sister was sent to England as part of the Kindertransport in 1939. Meanwhile, he and his mother sought shelter and lived in hiding. In 1941 they managed to escape to Hungary. Fred was arrested in Hungary and imprisoned for a time while his mother was sent to an interment camp. In June 1944 he was deported to Auschwitz.

    After time in various labor camps, he was liberated by the British Army at Bergen-Belsen; in terrible health he was taken to Sweden for medical care. At the hospital he met his future wife Judith, who was also a Holocaust survivor, and was reunited with his sister. He resettled in Minnesota in 1947, attracted to the large Swedish population.

    With Judith he raised a family, started a successful business and was a great supporter of the community. He had a kind and gentle spirit and a very optimistic outlook on life. He spoke often about his experiences and generously supported Holocaust education.

    Fred died at the age of 91 on May 23, 2014. He will be sorely missed.

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  • Margot De Wilde: "I always knew I would survive"

    By Jodi Elowitz


    I met Margot De Wilde when I was working as the director of Holocaust education at the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). Margot had contacted me to make me aware that she was available to go out to schools to tell her story and would I be interested in helping her organize this. After meeting with her I knew that we would indeed work together, but I did not know at the time that we would become good friends.

    Margot's story is one of resistance, tragedy, and resilience. Margot was an active member of the Jewish resistance under Nazi occupation of the Netherlands; she worked in the underground by delivering false passports and identification cards to Jews to aid them in leaving Holland. Margot and her husband Lo were arrested when attempting to escape using these underground papers via train to Switzerland. Both were then sent to Auschwitz.

    Margot was assigned to the infamous Block 10 where she endured and survived the Nazi medical experiments that were performed in Auschwitz under the supervision of Dr. Josef Mengele. In a rare occurrence, Margot was made aware that Lo was in the camp in the sick barrack, which she could see from hers. On one occasion she was able to catch a glimpse of him. She often told me how surreal that moment was as she wondered to herself if she was actually married to the man she saw through the cracks, (a shadow of his former self) or if they would remain married after all they had been through. Lo died in Block 9 at Auschwitz in 1944.

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  • The Past cannot remain Buried: Polish Memory in the film Ida

    By Jodi Elowitz

    , directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, is a beautiful work of cinema, lovingly paying homage to other Polish filmmakers in his use of cinematography and black and white to convey a strong film about Poland's troubled past.

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    Like Aftermath, the other recent film about polish memory and the Holocaust, the main characters in Ida are looking for an answer to their own identities lost amongst the secrets of the past. Both films deal with the idea of memory and what the characters, and to an extent the viewers, think we know about history, and yet what is uncovered is far worse than what we can imagine.

    In life there are many ways of dealing with the past. We can claim ignorance and refuse knowledge out of a sense of innocence or misunderstanding or we can tell ourselves many things to help us suppress memories too painful to recall. Days, weeks, months and years might go by, but finally when confronted with the truth, we can no longer hide and must reconcile who we were in the past with who we have become now. The film does this by examining the characters against the crossroads (symbolically) of Poland and its memory of the Holocaust, Stalinism, Catholic religion, Nationalism and Judaism.

    There are many confessions and truths unveiled in Ida. Pawliskowski's decision to shoot in black and white gives the film the stark contrasts, using the dark and light to highlight the past and the present, the living and the dead, as well as issues of good and evil, right and wrong. Shadows and grey tones fall over the landscape and the faces of the characters to evoke beauty, sorrow, wonder and desperation.

    The film is like a photograph found in a drawer, creating a sense of nostalgia not for the good old days but more towards the notion of putting things right. The fog of the past has been lifted on Poland and now with history unearthed they can find ways to live with the truth in order to move forward.

    IDA opens at Uptown Theater on May 30th and Edina Cinema on June 6th.

    To watch the trailer, please click here.

    For more information on the film, please visit Music Box Films.

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  • Yom HaShoah Commemoration

    Sunday, April 27, 2014
    7:00 PM

    Temple of Aaron
    616 S. Mississippi River Blvd.
    St. Paul, MN 55116

    Featuring voices of Twin Cities Holocaust Survivors, 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.

    The event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please e-mail

    Sponsors: the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Minnesota (CHAIM), Temple of Aaron, the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, and the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul

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  • Exclusive Engagement: The Missing Picture

    Walker Cinema
    Friday, April 25, 7:30 pm
    Saturday, April 26, 4 and 7:30 pm
    Sunday, April 27, 2 pm

    $9 ($7 Walker members and seniors; $5 students)


    Mixing animated clay figures, archival footage, and his own narration, Phnom Penh-born director Rithy Panh forms a deeply haunting and personal account of his experience with the Khmer Rouge, uncovering untold stories of the many who suffered and those who survived under Pol Pot's faltering cultural revolution.

    This "powerful testament to incredible human resilience" (Time Out) won the Un Certain Regard Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.

    The Walker Cinema is proud to present this exclusive engagement--this will be your only chance to see the film projected in a movie theater in the Twin Cities.

    » Tickets and more information

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  • 2014 Armenian Genocide Commemoration

    April 24th, 7:20PM

    St. Sahag Armenian Church
    203 N. Howell St. in St Paul, MN
    (In the Summit Ave. neighborhood midway between Macalester College and St Thomas University)

    Through prayer, poetry, speeches and music, we will reflect on the renewal of the Armenian spirit and the indomitable strength of the Armenian people.

    Sponsors: Armenian Cultural Organization of Minnesota

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  • Genocide and its Aftermaths: Lessons from Rwanda

    A Series of Events to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda
    April 16, 17, 19, 2014
    University of Minnesota
    Sponsorship made possible in part by the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Fund at the Minneapolis Foundation.

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    The Institute for Global Studies, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program are hosting three days of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994. The events will include a public conference, a student conference, and a K-16 teacher workshop. The objectives of the commemorative events are: promoting public understanding of what happened in Rwanda, discussing the immediate responses of the international community to the violence, and analyzing the long-term consequences that the cataclysmic failure to prevent the genocide had on international policy and action.

    For a complete listing of events please click here.

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  • Spring Educator Workshop: An Overview of Genocide in 1990s and Early 2000s

    One of the series of events to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda
    An Overview of Genocide in 1990s and Early 2000s and the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda: A Case Study
    Instructor: Samuel Totten, Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Arkansas
    Saturday, April 19
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Conference Room 325 Coffman Union, East Bank of U of MN


    In this educator workshop, visiting scholar Samuel Totten will begin by discussing the origins, causes and responses to genocide within the scope of human rights and international law. He will then give an overview and summary of genocides perpetrated in Africa and beyond in 1990s including the Nuba Mountains; Srebrenica; and Darfur before examining in depth, as a case study, the 1994 Genocide of Rwanda. Totten will finish by addressing the latest outbreaks of violence in the world, which crimes against humanity have been perpetuated, and noting where there is a fear of genocide breaking out.

    Participants of this workshop will receive resources (including one of Totten's books) and materials to develop curriculum to integrate into their classrooms. This workshop will address the 2011 Minnesota Academic Standards for Social Studies as they relate to human rights, international law, and genocide.

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  • Laughter in the Dark: Newly Discovered Songs and Sketches from the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto, 1942-44

    A Lecture by Lisa Peschel, University of York's Department of Theatre, Film and Television, with musical performances by Ryan Lindberg, Emily Zimmer and Peter Vitale
    Thursday, April 3
    7:30 p.m.
    Lloyd Ultan Hall Ferguson Hall
    Free and open to the public

    Jewish prisoners at the Terezín concentration camp and ghetto performed cabaret and comedy sketches for their fellow prisoners. The scripts were then lost for over 60 years before Lisa Peschel, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, discovered them during interviews with some of the camp survivors.

    Twin Cities performers Ryan Lindberg and Emily Zimmer, will present a selection of the lost songs and sketches, many which have not been performed since World War II.

    The performances will be interwoven with spoken explanations by Peschel. She will outline how the plays came to light and their role in helping prisoners deal with life in the ghetto.

    Sponsored by: Center for Austrian Studies, European Studies Consortium, Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies.

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  • Special Screening The Act of Killing

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  • Photo Sensitive: Reflecting on Transfer of Memory

    A conversation between Professor Leslie Morris and Photographer David Sherman
    Sunday, March 2
    California Building, 2205 California St. NE, Suite 204, Minneapolis
    Tickets: $10.00 ($5.00 for Students)to purchase contact Rimon at 952-381-3449 or by clicking here.

    Professor Morris and Mr. Sherman will discuss the power and responsibility of art to speak to how we understand the Holocaust and those immediately touched by it.

    Professor Leslie Morris is Associate Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. She served as director of the University's Center for Jewish Studies from 2000 to 2009. She is also affiliated with the Center for German and European Studies and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Memory and history are overarching themes in Morris's work. Her interest in understanding Jewish experience is expressed through her study of a spectrum of artistic media, including word, sound, and the use of the body itself. She is currently completing a book entitled The Translated Jew: Jewish Writing Outside the Margins.

    David Sherman, created the photographic portraits for the Jewish Community Relations Councils exhibit Transfer of Memory,producing portraits of local Holocaust survivors in color with the intention of capturing them not as victims but as individuals who have survived to have full lives. Each portrait reflects the life of the sitter, providing future generations with a memory of those who have both survived and those who did not.

    This event is the third in the 2013-14 series of Rimon Artist Salons.
    For more information please visit the Rimon website.

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  • Panel Discussion: "Remembering the Holocaust in Literature, Film, and Theology"

    February 6
    7:00 p.m.
    Benson Great Hall, Bethel University

    This panel discussion will touch on the role of memory in constructing identity and the ethical challenge that the Holocaust presents to the modern world and the Christian and Jewish communities. The evening will be primarily conversational, with audience participation through Q&A. The panel will feature:

    Alejandro Baer, Associate Professor & Director, Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota

    Victoria Barnett, Director of the Program on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Steve Carr, Professor of Communication at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, specializing in Holocaust Film Studies

    Robert Ehrenreich, Director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Petra Schweitzer, Professor at Shenandoah University specializing in women in the Holocaust

    This program has been made possible by the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, with the support of the Hoffberger Foundation.

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  • Global Holocaust Memory and the New Antisemitism.

    A lecture by Alejandro Baer
    Wednesday, February 5
    7:30 p.m.
    Beth El Synagogue

    Research on contemporary antisemitism, as well as Holocaust education and commemoration reveals that the way people think about the Holocaust is changing. Rather than public discussions of the Holocaust discouraging hatred, in some cases the reverse is happening. This new phenomenon, sometimes called "memory envy," or "Holocaust skepticism," is channeling new resentments and hostilities. Professor Baer will shed light on the sources, functions and different contexts of emergence of a new anti-Semitism related to the globalization of Holocaust memory.

    Professor Baer is the director and Stephen C. Feinstein Chair of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota. He has authored numerous articles addressing issues of genocide, memory, and antisemitism. Prof. Baer directed the Spanish section of the Shoah Visual Archives and has served as a member of the Spanish delegation to the International Task Force for Holocaust Education Remembrance and Research.

    Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, Jewish Community Relations Council.

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  • Local survivor and friend of CHGS Gustav "Gus" Gutman dies at 78

    It is with great sadness that the Center for Holocaust and Genocide announces the passing of Gus Gutman. We recently had the pleasure of working with Gus on the "Portraying Memories" project with artist Felix de la Concha. Gus was an enthusiastic participant, turning what is typically a 2-4 hour session into a daylong adventure involving a trip to the Shalom Home, where he introduced Felix to his good friend Walter Schwartz, so he could participate as well.


    Gus was always full of energy, a wonderful storyteller and great to be around. We were very surprised to hear he was ill and extremely saddened to hear of his passing on January 11.

    Although Gus was a child during the Holocaust, he spoke often about remembering the events of Kristallnacht (the Nazi pogrom) that took place throughout Germany and Austria on November 9,10, 1938. "I was just a small child in Hildesheim when my father held me up to see the smoke coming from our beloved synagogue. The experience was so embedded in my memory I even wrote a play, "Guests of the City," about my return to Germany with flashbacks to that time which was produced and performed in my home town Hildesheim in 2005 (I played my father)."

    We are very fortunate that Gus's story will live on the CHGS website and that others will be able to view his painting session with Felix de la Concha. The portrait will also be on display in an exhibition planned for Spring of 2015, and website dedicated to all of Felix de la Concha's Holocaust portraits.

    Gus's story can be seen by clicking here.

    Gustav Gutman, 01/20/1935 - 01/11/2014: Obituary

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  • Course: Politics of Reconciliation, Memory, and Justice

    Monday/Wednesday 1:00-2:15pm
    Spring Semester

    Prof. Alejandro Baer (Sociology) and Prof. Catherine Guisan (Political Science)

    What is political reconciliation? Are we witnessing efforts to bring final resolution to long-standing conflicts? Should we accept that reconciliation is at best a fragile, temporary equilibrium between opposite political forces that must be reenacted with each passing generation? Is reconciliation an action that rests on religious faith, or does religion threaten reconciliation? Is there a dark side to reconciliation that undermines justice and economic fairness?

    For more information on this course go to One Stop.

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  • Third International Graduate Students' Conference on Genocide Studies to be held at Clark University

    The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University will host the Third International Graduate Students' Conference on Genocide Studies: The State of Research 100 Years after the Armenian Genocide on 9 -11 April 2015, in cooperation with the Danish Institute for International Studies, Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Copenhagen. The conference will provide a forum for doctoral students to present their research projects to peers and established scholars. The keynote speaker will be Professor Eric Weitz, Dean of Humanities and Arts and Professor of History at the City College of New York.

    This interdisciplinary conference will reflect the full range of issues, concepts, and methods in current Genocide Studies research. The keynote address and a focus on papers that explore the Armenian Genocide are planned in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the events of 1915. Papers that put the Armenian Genocide in a broader perspective and examine the concept of Ottoman Genocide carried out against minority ethnic-religious groups, including Assyrians and Greeks, are especially encouraged. Topics may include forceful mass-deportations, expulsions, and massacres during the late Ottoman period. We also invite pertinent applications from students working on the Holocaust as well as those who focus on genocides in Africa, Asia, Australia, and America as well as on the aftermath and collective memorialization of genocides.

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  • Graduate Course: Topics in Law, Crime, and Deviance: Gender, Mass Violence & Crime in International Law

    Sociology 8190: Topics in Law, Crime, and Deviance: Gender, Mass Violence &
    Crime in International Law

    Spring 2014

    This course examines crime and criminal justice as gendered phenomena with a
    specific emphasis on gender-based violence during conflict. It explores how notions of different types of masculinity and femininity are embedded in and influence criminal behaviors, the operation of the criminal justice system, and the evolution of international criminal law. Course readings draw on historical and contemporary research and various theoretical perspectives, some of which present very different ways to think about how crime and criminal justice are shaped by gender and sex.

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  • Human Rights Minor Paula Sofía Cuellar Cuellar to Present at the Next HGMV Workshop

    Trials and Genocides
    Holocaust Genocide & Mass Violence Studies Workshop (HGMV)
    Thursday, December 12, 2013
    Room 710 Social Sciences Building

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    With the internationalization of human rights in the aftermath of the World War II, a new paradigm emerged within the international community. The Westphalian concept of sovereignty was abandoned and was replaced by the idea that human rights were a matter of global concern. The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was among the first international treaties enacted under that new world order. That treaty states that the persons charged with genocide "shall be tried."However, in times of transition to democracy, a question arises: are trials a viable option to prosecute genocidaires?

    Paula Sofía Cuellar Cuellar's academic education includes a LL.B. Degree from the Central American University "José Simeón Cañas" and includes a Master´s Degree in Human Rights and Education for Peace from the University of El Salvador and a LL.M. Degree in International Human Rights Law from Notre Dame. She also, has a Postgraduate Diploma on Human Rights and Democratization´s Processes from the University of Chile and several diplomas on constitutional law and transitional justice courses. She is currently working towards a minor in Human Rights and an advanced degree in History at the University of Minnesota.

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  • Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich Exhibition comes to Minnesota

    October 21-November 21

    Minneapolis Federal Courthouse

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    "Lawyers Without Rights" tells the story of the fate of German Jewish lawyers, judges and prosecutors after Hitler came to power. The Exhibit explores Hitler's systematic and calculated strategy to disable the legal system and the constitutional framework of the Weimar Republic, setting the stage for the commission of unthinkable crimes against humanity.

    Exhibition Schedule:

    Oct. 21 - Nov. 4 Minneapolis Federal Courthouse
    Nov. 4 - Nov. 9 Minnesota Judicial Center
    Nov. 9 - Nov. 14 Duluth Federal Courthouse
    Nov. 14 - Nov. 16 University of Minnesota School of Law
    Nov. 17 - Nov. 20 IDS Center, Crystal Court
    Nov. 21 Minneapolis Marriott, City Center

    The exhibition is sponsored by the U.S. District Court, the Federal Bar Association Minnesota Chapter, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), ), Justice David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Cardozo Society, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Law School and the Center for Austrian Studies, the University of Minnesota.

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  • November 14 is Give to the Max Day!


    On November 14, every donation you make gives your favorite nonprofits and schools the chance to win even more money. Hundreds of organizations will offer the opportunity to double your dollars with matching grants throughout the 24 hours. And, today through November 13, you can schedule your donation.

    Be a light for the U's Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies on Give to the Max Day.

    Make a gift by clicking here.

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  • Special Screening: A Film Unfinished with Producer Noemi Schory

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    7:00 p.m.
    St. Anthony Main Theatre
    Tickets: $5.00


    A FILM UNFINISHED is a film of enormous import, documenting some of the worst horrors of our time and exposing the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light.

    At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel, inclusive of multiple takes and cameraman staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage.

    The documentary presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.


    Noemi Schory is currently the Schusterman Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the University of Minnesota throughout Fall Semester 2013. A renowned documentary film director and producer, she is active in Israeli and many international co-productions, primarily in the documentary field.

    A Film Unfinished, which she produced, has received numerous awards worldwide and was an nominated for an Emmy after it aired on PBS in 2010. In 2005, Schory was elected president of Input, the international public television conference. She also serves as a museum film director and producer for Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

    To view the trailer click here.

    Sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Center for Austrian Studies, European Studies Consortium, Center for Jewish Studies, The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Jewish Community Relations Council

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  • Vespers in Remembrance

    The Elm Ensemble
    Gary Wolfman, guest conductor
    Bach's Cantata 106 and Schütz's Aus der Tiefe on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht
    Sunday, November 10
    4:30 p.m.
    Christ Church Lutheran

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  • Exclusive Twin Cities Premiere: BESA:The Promise

    Muslims who saved Jews in World War II
    Introduction by Dr. Daniel Schroeter, University of Minnesota
    Saturday, November 9, 2013
    7:00 p.m.
    St. Anthony Main Theatre
    Tickets: $5.00


    BESA:The Promise weaves Albania's heroism in WWII through the vérité journeys of two men. One is Norman Gershman, a renowned Jewish-American photographer determined to document first-person accounts of the Albanian Muslims who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. The other is Rexhep Hoxha, a Muslim-Albanian. Rexhep must fulfill the promise made to a Jewish family his father rescued during the Holocaust and return to them a set of Hebrew books they left behind. And Rexhep's promise is more than words - it's part of his besa - an honor code that, among other things, pledges all Albanians to offer safe harbor to refugees.

    More than seven years in the making, Besa: The Promise presents a powerful human drama compounded by a devastating twist. It is a story that that bridges generations and religions ... uniting fathers and sons ... Muslims and Jews.

    To view the trailer click here.

    Sponsored by: The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, European Studies Consortium, Center for Jewish Studies, The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Jewish Community Relations Council.

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  • A Lens on History: An Afternoon with Documentary Filmmaker Noemi Schory

    Rimon:The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council
    Sunday, November 3
    3:00 p.m.
    Sabes Jewish Community Center

    Israeli director and producer Noemi Schory has built a remarkable body of work centered on stories that have emerged from the time period of the Holocaust. In lively discussion with independent filmmaker Emily Goldberg, Schory will reflect on documentary film's fundamental questions - how do you choose to tell a story and construct a point of view? What is the artist's responsibility to her subject, when the story is the Holocaust? The conversation will feature excerpts from Schory's recent films.

    Noemi Schory, is currently an artist-in-residence at the University of Minnesota throughout Fall Semester 2013. A renowned documentary film director and producer, Noemi Schory is active in Israeli and many international co-productions, primarily in the documentary field. She produced A Film Unfinished about the Warsaw Ghetto, which received numerous awards worldwide and was an Emmy nominee after being screened on PBS in 2010. In 2005, Schory was elected president of Input, the international public television conference. She also serves as a museum film director and producer for Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

    Cost: $12, $10 JCC members, $6 students and seniors

    Click here to purchase tickets on-line

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  • International Symposium Erasures: Gender, Violence and Human Rights

    Thursday, October 24 & Friday, October 25
    9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
    The Story of a Fight Against Human Trafficking in Argentina
    Susana Trimarco - Activist against Human Trafficking in Argentina
    Thursday, October 24, 3:30p.m.
    Maroon and Gold Rooms, McNamara Alumni Center


    The symposium will address violence against women as a human rights violation, the erasure of gender violence in cultural debates about human rights, and the epistemic revolts of the rethinking of violence from a gender perspective.

    Thirteen national and international scholars will address the most crucial human rights struggles that are taking place in the juridical scenario, as well as the cultural practices that form part of the struggles against the invisibility and the silence about gendered forms of violence. The presentations will also underscore the importance of addressing these forms of sexual violence, and disappearance, campaigns to stop violence, national and international gatherings focusing on women and human rights issues, documentaries and testimonial literature, films, literature, art, performance, video-installations, telenovelas, murals, and arte callejero.

    The Story of a Fight Against Human Trafficking in Argentina
    Susana Trimarco - Activist against Human Trafficking in Argentina

    After the disappearance of her daughter, Marita, Susana began her career as an investigator, uncovering a chilling criminal network of human trafficking. In the search for her daughter, she has managed to free more than a hundred victims. On Oct. 19, 2007, she founded the Fundación María de los Ángeles, through which she continues to help eradicate human trafficking in Argentina.

    To see the complete schedule click programa ERASURES 1 (1).pdf.

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  • Book of Interest: Sky Tinged Red: A Chronicle of Two and a Half Years in Auschwitz

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    Sky Tinged Red is Isaia Eiger's chronicle of two-and-a-half years as a prisoner in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during World War II. Bringing it to publication after Eiger's death in 1960 took the skills and passion of family members spanning four generations, including Eiger's daughter, Dora Eiger Zaidenweber, who spent hundreds of hours translating the story from its original Yiddish. This reading brings together his daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to read from and discuss this moving memoir, which is a tribute to the power of survivor testimony and the transmission of memory through successive generations.

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  • The Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma: Recovering Humanity, Repairing Generations

    A lecture by Jeffrey Prager
    Saturday, October 5
    9:00 a.m.
    20 Mondale Hall

    In this presentation, UCLA Sociology Professor Jeffrey Prager explores the difficulties in overcoming a traumatic past: how psychic trauma restricts individuals from fully engaging their post-traumatic world and how, unless treated, the trauma gets passed on to the next generation, emotionally and often unconsciously. Transmission of trauma is possible over many generations and interferes with a healthy engagement in the present-day world.

    Prager considers specifically the South African case, especially their establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at the end of apartheid, to describe the necessity of the public world recognizing the sufferer and collectively acknowledging various forms of private pain and suffering. Finally, he describes trauma as the severing of an implicit, taken-for-granted social contract, which, if it is to be repaired, requires the restoration of interpersonal trust and belief in a social world protective of the individual from psychological and physical harm.

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  • Unspoken: IAS Panel Discussion Concerning Trauma

    Institute for Advanced Studies Thursday Speaker's Series
    Thursday, September 12, 2013
    4:00 pm
    125 Nolte Center

    Panel Discussion Featuring:
    Rebecca Krinke, Professor of Landscape Architecture, UMN, has an art practice and research agenda focused on trauma and responses to trauma. Krinke has invited five distinguished scholars to help her explore this issue through short individual presentations and reflective discussion.

    David Beard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, UMD, speaking on the 1920 lynchings in Duluth and their ongoing impact.
    Jeanne Kilde, Religious Studies, UMN, speaking on issues related to the Muslim Community Center proposed near ground zero, NYC.
    Kevin Murphy, Associate Professor of History and a UMN leader of the multi-institutional "Guantanamo Public Memory Project."

    Naomi Scheman, Professor of Philosophy, UMN.
    José Medina, Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University.

    Fro more information visit the IAS website.

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  • Special Screening The Act of Killing

    Theatrical Cut July 31, 7:30 p.m. Walker Art Center
    Director's Cut August 1, 7:00 p.m. Walker Art Center
    Conversation with director Joshuah Oppenheimer August 3, 12:00 p.m. Walker Art Center

    In this chilling and inventive documentary, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer examines Indonesia's communist purge of 1965, in which more than one million leftists, intellectuals, and ethnic Chinese were killed. Leaders of the death squads continue to be celebrated as heroes, and the director challenged them to reenact their real-life killings in the style of the American movies that inspired their methods. The result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.

    For more information on tickets and screenings please contact the Walker Art Center.

    Mass Murder? Gee, That Was Fun 'Act of Killing' Re-enacts Indonesian Massacres: NY Times Movie Review

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  • CHGS Summer Institute for Secondary Educators

    The Holocaust in European Memory took place on July 8-11, 2013 at the University of Minnesota.

    The workshop examined questions such as how the Nazi murder of European Jews became "The Holocaust." How the story is conveyed through public memorials, school curricula, art, literature and film. How the Holocaust has 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.

    The topic was approached 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 focused on historiography, testimony, media and visual arts and assisted educators in creating curriculum and lessons they can incorporate into their classrooms.

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    Educators also dialogued with Holocaust survivor Dora Zaidenweber. Who shared her insights on Holocaust memory and her experiences after World War II in Germany, Poland and the U.S.

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  • Two new Holocaust films streaming on Netflix

    The critically acclaimed films The Flat (2011) and Hitler's Children (2011) are now streaming on Netflix. The Flat is a documentary film about director Arnon Goldfinger's 98-year-old grandmother who lived in Israel after emigrating from Berlin in the 1930's. After his grandmother passes away the family is tasked with cleaning her flat. While going through her belongings they discover a secret that causes renewed reflection on the family's relationship to the past and the memory of the Holocaust.

    Hitler's Children (2011) is a standard documentary that examines the lives of some of the descendants of the Third Reich's more notorious Nazi leaders. One of the most fascinating of these is the segments dealing with Rainer Hoess the grandson of Rudolf Hoess the commandant of Auschwitz and Eldad Beck an Israeli journalist and grandson of Holocaust survivors. They travel to Auschwitz together to help Hoess put context to his troubled connection to his father and grandfather.

    Both films explore Holocaust memory and seek to show how the generations handle these memories in order to be able to live in the present.

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  • New Publication of Holocaust Testimony by Minnesota Survivor Translated 70 Years Later by his Daughter

    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.

    skytinged-red.jpgIsaia 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.

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  • Whitney Taylor and Katie Menke Receive Human Rights Awards

    The Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies congratulate Whitney Taylor and Katie Menke as the recipients of the 3rd annual human rights awards.

    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.

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  • Special Screening The Heart of a Mother: Susette's Story

    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.

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  • Twin Cities showing of new Holocaust film No Place on Earth

    April 26th - May 2nd
    Landmark's Edina Cinema
    3911 West 50th Street - Edina, MN

    No Place on Earth

    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.


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  • 98th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

    Wednesday, April 24
    7:00 p.m.
    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.

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  • 2013 Twin Cities Yom HaShoah Commemoration

    Monday, April 8, 2013
    7:00 p.m.
    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.

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  • Call for Applications Badzin Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

    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 (

    All application materials must be received by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies electronically, no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, March 15, 2013. The awardee will be announced no later than Friday, April 26, 2013.

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  • Holocaust Films to be screened at the Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival

    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

    Becoming Henry (Short) /I Shall Remember
    Sunday, March 10 at 4pm
    Sabes JCC Theatre
    Introduction by Jodi Elowitz, Outreach Coordinator, CHGS

    For complete descriptions of the films and ticket information please click here.

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  • Summer Travel and Education Opportunity for Secondary Educators

    Checkpoint Charlie Foundation Berlin Summer Academy
    The Holocaust & Present-day Jewish Life in Germany
    July 14-21, 2013
    Deadline for Applications, April 1, 2013

    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..

    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.

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  • Iraq War 10 Years Later: Journalists' First-Hand Reports

    Tuesday, February 26
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    130 Murphy Hall
    Free and open to the public. Reservations required. To reserve a seat click here.

    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

    Iraq War-10 Years Later.pdf

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  • Art Exhibition In Commemoration of the Dakota Mass Execution of 1862 on View

    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).

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  • Call for applicants to the doctoral program at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University.

    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:

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  • Art Exhibition The Metamorphosis to Freedom: by a Holocaust Survivor

    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.

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  • Applications being accepted for the Saul Kagan 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 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.

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  • Beatrice Ohanessian lecture now on CHGS YouTube channel

    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.

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  • New publication: The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post- Holocaust Fiction by Elizabeth R. Baer

    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."

    Dr. Baer's new book, The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction is now available from Wayne State University Press. You can watch the lecture on the Center's YouTube channel, CHGSumn.

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  • Twin Cities Polish Film Fest to feature films on the Holocaust

    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.

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  • Minnesota Children of Holocaust Survivors Group Seeking New Members

    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.

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  • Talmud Torah Minneapolis is seeking Holocaust survivors to participate in the Adopt a Survivor program

    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.

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  • Local Holocaust survivor publishes her memoir

    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.

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  • Barbara Frey, Director of Human Rights Program, to discuss torture through the lens of Judaism

    Sunday, May 20
    Beth-El Synagogue
    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.

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  • Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 Exhibition

    April 2-May 11, 2012
    2nd/3rd Floor Gallery, Elmer L. Andersen Library

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  • The Art of Zhen Shan Ren International Art Exhibition

    Coffman Memorial Union
    Great Hall
    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.

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  • See Free Men at the Minneapolis St. Paul 2012 International Film Festival

    St. Anthony Main Theatre

    Free Men
    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.

    May 5
    To view the trailer click here.

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  • Armenian Genocide Commemoration

    97th Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide
    Tuesday, April 24
    7:00 p.m.
    St. Sahag Armenian Church
    203 N. Howell St., St. Paul

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  • CHGS sponsors two films at Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival

    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

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  • Berlin Summer Academy: The Holocaust and Present-day Jewish Life in Germany

    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.

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  • 2012 Holocaust & Jewish Resistance Teachers' Program

    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.

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  • Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies Eighth International Conference on Holocaust Education

    Telling the Story Teaching the Core: Holocaust Education for the 21st Century
    June 18-21, 2012

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  • The Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies Berlin, Humboldt University

    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.

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  • Commemorating Controversy: The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

    Speaker Series
    January 4,5,10,17,24,26, 2012
    Linnaeus Arboretum, Gustavus Adolphus College campus.
    All lectures are free and open to the public.

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  • Applications Being Taken for Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellow: A Bridge To History

    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.

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  • Jungle Theater Presents I Am My Own Wife

    I Am My Own Wife
    By Doug Wright
    Directed by Joel Sass
    Starring Bradley Greenwald

    Now through December 18, 2011
    The Jungle Theater

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  • Holocaust Survivor, Doctor Robert Fisch's "Metamorphosis to Freedom" Exhibition Now on Display

    Now through December 5
    Normandale Community College
    9700 France Ave S
    Bloomington, MN

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  • Premiere theatrical production looks at life between friends in Nazi occupied Poland

    Our Class
    By Tadeusz Slobodzianek
    October 29 - November 20, 2011
    Minnesota Jewish Theater Company

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  • Ghost Stories: Five Writers Read Works on Historical Trauma

    Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011
    7:00 p.m.
    Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis 55411

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  • Harbin's Death Factory & Germ Warfare in the Asian Pacific

    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Sunday Nov 6, 2011
    Weyerhaeuser Hall
    Macalester College

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  • Meet Eric Irivuzumugabe, author and Rwandan genocide survivor

    Friday, October 28, 4:00 p.m.
    University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union.

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  • CHGS Photo Exhibit: Maxine Rude Displaced Europe 1945-1946 on display at the Holocaust Memorial and Resource Education Center of Florida

    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.

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  • Laughing with Traumas: Humor about the Holocaust in Contemporary German and Israeli Popular Culture

    A Talk by Ofer Ashkenazi, Ph.D.
    Wednesday, October 19
    Room 1210 Heller Hall

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  • Art Exhibition "A Hole In Time" unites a local artist and Holocaust survivor to tell the story of pre-war Jewish Poland

    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.

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  • Art Exhibition: The Old Wooden Synagogues of Lithuania

    Friday, September 23 - Friday, December 30, 2011
    Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library
    210 Rapson Hall
    Artist Joyce Ellen Weinstein

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  • New MA program in Holocaust Studies

    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.

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  • Lucien Philipe Moretti Lithographs on display at St. Paul Church

    Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul is displaying THE ART OF LUCIEN MORETTI: OCCUPATION OF PARIS in September as part of "Blessed are the Peace-Makers" month.

    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.

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  • Internships now available at the Galicia Jewish Museum

    The Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland is looking for interns.

    For more information please read the attached file.

    Galicia Jewish Museum internship programme.pdf

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  • Submit a Community Event

    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.

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  • Watch free online world premiere of Raindrops Over Rwanda

    Monday, July 18, 2011

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  • Saul Kagan Claims Conference 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. candidates pursuing studies of the Holocaust.

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  • Ghost Stories: Five Writers Read Works on Historical Trauma

    Thursday, July 14, 2011, 6 PM
    Amherst H. Wilder Center
    451 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul

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