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Xu Xin (Nanjing University, China), "Jews in Modern China"
Monday, April 13, 5:00pm
3M Auditorium
Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota

In connection with the exhibit "Jewish Refugees in China", organized by the Confucius Institute, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Sabes JCC.


Xu Xin is the Diane and Guilford Glazer Chair and Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies and Dean of the Institute of Jewish/Israel Studies at Nanjing University, China, and is President of the China Judaic Studies Association, Editor-in-Chief and a major contributor of the Chinese edition Encyclopedia Judaica.

April 14, 7pm
(light reception to precede talk, 6:15pm)
Yehudit Shendar
Retired Deputy Director and Senior Art Curator, Yad Vashem
"The Insatiable Pursuit of Art: Nazi Art Looting -- Perpetrators, Victims, Provenance Researchers"
Weisman Art Museum

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In describing the plunder of art by the Third Reich in his book Nazi Looting, Gerald Aalders writes: "Never in history has a collection so great been amassed with so little scruple."

As we approach the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Program and the Institute for Global Studies will be hosting three days of events to commemorate this centennial. The events will include the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lecture featuring Professor Bedross Der Matossian, which is open to the public (April 23), a student conference, entitled "One Hundred Years of Genocide" (April 24) and a K-16 teacher workshop (April 25). The objectives of these events are to promote public understanding of the genocide and the fates of those who lost their lives and those who escaped. The events will also analyze responses by the international community (and/or lack thereof), and discuss the long-term implications for international policy and actions to prevent and respond to genocide. In addition to these events the Armenian Community of Minnesota will also be commemorating the genocide with their own special programming.

April 23, 7:00pm
Bedross Der Matossian University of Nebraska, Lincoln
"The Armenian Genocide Historiography on the Eve of the Centennial: From Continuity to Contingency"
Humphrey Forum

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One of the outstanding issues in Armenian Genocide historiography has been the inability of historians to come to a consensus regarding the causes, the aim of the perpetrators, and the process of the genocide. This is due to the fact that the field of genocide studies by its nature is contentious. While most Western and some Turkish scholars agree to the fact that the events that happened to the Armenians during World War I constitute genocide, they tend to disagree on critical issues such as the causes, motives, premeditation, and the actual process itself. Over the course of the past two decades, the historiography of the Armenian Genocide has evolved through the introduction of new methodologies, approaches, and more complex analyses of the Genocide that venture beyond rudimentary and essentialist arguments and representations. These approaches range from arguing that religion and/or nationalism were the main factors that led to the Armenian Genocide, to the argument that the genocide was a contingent event that took place during World War I, represented by a rapid radicalization of the government's policy towards the Armenians. This talk will discuss the development of the historiography of the Armenian Genocide by concentrating on some of the major trends in the historiography and assess their contribution to the understanding of the different dimensions of the genocide. Furthermore, it will provide suggestions about strengthening certain areas in the historiography that still remain in their infancy.

April 24, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Student Conference
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 25

April 24, 8:45am - 3:00pm
"World War I and the Armenian Genocide" Teacher Workshop
1210 Heller Hall

8:45-9:00 Room 1210 Heller Hall

9:00-9:15 Room 1210 Heller Hall
•Introduction (Deborah Jane Title VI programs, Gary Cohen CAS, Alejandro Baer CHGS)

9:15-10:45 Room 1210 Heller Hall
•Introductory Session (all participants) The Coming of the War; Lives on the Home Front (Gary Cohen)

10:45-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:15 Concurrent sessions
•Room 1210 The War in the Colonies: Africa (Adam Blackler and Patricia Lorcin, including North Africa)
•Room 1219 The Armenian Genocide (Bedross Der Matossian)

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00 -2:15 Concurrent sessions
•Room 1210 The War in the Colonies: India and Southeast Asia (Ajay Skaria and Patricia Lorcin)
•Room 1219 Minnesotans and the Armenian Genocide: History and Memory (Lou Ann Matossian)

2:15-2:30 Coffee break
2:30-3:00 Room 1210 Heller Hall Wrap up

Thursday, March 26, 3:00pm
Social Sciences 710
Jazmine Contreras
"An Upheaval of Memory: The Collision of Dutch Resistance Literature and National History"


This paper examines the Dutch experience of German occupation during World War II through the use of memoirs. These memoirs, written by individuals with firsthand experiences of the occupation, shed light upon the categories of victim, bystander, and collaborator, which tend to be overemphasized when discussing wartime activity. Part of the paper is dedicated to problematizing these categories, especially when they obfuscate wartime experiences that do not fit neatly within the narratives created by the Dutch government. The second half of the paper, examines the memoirs in the context of government narratives which state that the Dutch were simultaneously heroes and victims during the occupation. Despite the explicit overgeneralization of this narrative, its power over Dutch memory of WWII has not diminished. Within academic circles, historians and social scientists alike have debated how to characterize the efforts of the Dutch population in light of the deportation of a majority of the Jewish population. The government has also shied away from engaging with this reality and the rampant anti-Semitism that took place after liberation.

Jazmine is a second year PhD student in the History Department at the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on gender and sexuality in the German-occupied Netherlands during World War II, specifically fraternization between German soldiers and Dutch women.

An international symposium on "Contested Past, Contested Present: Social Memories and Human Rights in Post-Communist Europe" took place at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities on March 4-6. It was organized by the IAS Collaborative "Reframing Mass Violence", and sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, among other supporters.

The symposium opened with a keynote lecture by Prof. John-Paul Himka, who spoke about the reception of the Holocaust in post-Communist Europe, especially its legacies in Poland and Ukraine. On Thursday and Friday, sessions covered different aspects of contested memories in post-Communist European countries, from depictions in theater, museums, and film, to transitional justice policies, and the current conflict in Ukraine. The symposium also held a session on the Ukraine conflict, where professors John-Paul Himka, George O. Liber and J. Brian Atwood addressed the different aspects of the current events.


Through May 7
Sabes JCC
4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis
Exhibit open Mon-Thu, 7:30am-9:30pm; Fri, 7:30am-6:00pm; and Sun, 8:00am-3:00pm (closed Saturdays).

Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933-1941) is a collaborative community effort to share information about the unique experiences of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during World War II. The cornerstone of this project is a historical exhibit curated by the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. The exhibit has been enhanced with additional stories from four "Shanghailanders" with deep Minnesota connections.

For more information:
Jewish Refugees in Shanghai exhibit website.

Sponsored by: Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota, Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and Sabes JCC.
Additional support from the Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area, and University of Minnesota partners the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Please join us for Andrea Sinn's talk "Despite The Holocaust: Rebuilding Jewish Life In Germany After 1945."

She will discuss the experiences of Jewish communities in postwar Germany and the process of redefining Jewish existence in "the land of the perpetrators." The competing and conflicting German, Jewish, and international conceptions of Jewish life in Germany that were voiced during the early postwar years play an important role in understanding the development of individual Jewish communities in the Federal Republic and the position that German-Jewish organizations occupy within Germany and the Jewish community in Europe today.

Despite The Holocaust: Rebuilding Jewish Life In Germany After 1945
Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00 pm
135 Nicholson Hall


Andrea Sinn is the DAAD Professor of German & History at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research and teaching focus on modern European history especially German, Jewish, and migration history. She has published widely on German-Jewish experiences during the Nazi-Dictatorship, personal and collective challenges of exile and return, as well as the rebuilding of Jewish life in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch
Center for Jewish Studies
Center for German & European Studies

Selections from the Struggle series
SATURDAY, FEB 14 2015 - SUNDAY, MAR 22 2015
Weisman Art Museum

Peter Dallos: Selections from The Struggle series is concerned with two elemental conflicts that affect humankind: one struggle is the tension between Western civilization and the forces of nihilism and anarchy, the other is environmental destruction versus the reaction of the wounded earth.

Peter Dallos's early work (the War series) was autobiographical, mostly concerning his World War II experiences as a child during the German occupation, the bombardment and siege of Budapest, and the Holocaust. The entire War series is in the permanent collection of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.



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