February 2011 Archives

The CHGS "Alternative Narratives or Denial?" Reading Discussion Group notes from the book "From Empathy to Denial: Arab Responses to the Holocaust" by Ester Webman and Meir Litvak are now available on the Reading Discussion Group blog.

The final meeting of the 2011 CHGS Reading Discussion Group will be on Tuesday, March 22. The group will meet at 12pm in room 710 in the Social Sciences Building. We will be discussing chapters 9, 11 and 12 from Remembrance and Denial: The Case of the Armenian Genocide, edited by Richard G. Hovannisian.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A 21st-Century Statesman

In the age of Twitter-shortened attention spans, fame is an increasingly powerful weapon of diplomacy. How George Clooney is helping to bring change--and a hefty dose of hope--to Sudan.

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As Greece seeks closer ties to Israel, anti-Semitism rears its ugly head
International Business Times

While the Greek government seeks to establish closer diplomatic ties with Israel (in the wake of a cooling of relations between Israel and Turkey), incidents of anti-Semitism are rising in Greece, inflamed by the deepening economic crisis.

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Italy's first Holocaust museum to be built in Rome
By Lisa Palmieri-Billig
Jerusalem Post

Country was partner, not victim, of Nazis, but hasn't done soul-searching like Germany, says director.

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Germany opens its first Reform synagogue since the Holocaust
By Reuters

The synagogue in northern city of Hameln was built on foundations of predecessor destroyed by the Nazis during Kristallnacht.

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CHGS is hosting Keith David Watenpaugh on April 14 as part of our "Alternative Narratives or Denial?" lectures, more information to be released soon.

UC Davis News

One of the 20th century's most infamous atrocities, the Armenian genocide, also should be remembered for fostering the modern humanitarian movement, a UC Davis historian argues in a paper recently published in the American Historical Review.

Establishing a defining characteristic of modern humanitarianism, people at the time "began to reject the idea that suffering was natural or normal and concluded that you could stop human suffering, that we had the intellectual tools, the social reforms, the science and medicine to do it," said Keith David Watenpaugh, an associate professor who teaches in the religious studies program. "It was just generating the international will to do so.

The Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
are pleased to announce

The Inna Meiman Human Rights Award
Recognizing students at the University of Minnesota who have made significant personal contributions in the promotion and protection of human rights

Thumbnail image for bookcover.jpgThis award will be given in recognition of the friendship between Inna Meiman, a Soviet era Jewish refusnik who was repeatedly denied a visa to seek medical treatment, and Lisa Paul, a graduate of the University of Minnesota who fought tirelessly on her behalf, including a 25-day hunger strike that galvanized a movement for Inna's freedom. The friendship between Lisa Paul and Inna Meiman is memorialized in the book, Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope.The award is intended to recognize a University of Minnesota student who embodies a commitment to human rights. The Awardee will receive a $1000 scholarship.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 4, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

Thumbnail image for AFU_Poster.jpegThursday, March 3, 2011
St. Anthony Main Theater 115 Main St SE
$6.00 student/senior
$8.50 general admission

Post-show discussion moderated by Bruno Chaouat, Director CHGS

In 1942, the Nazi propaganda machine was hard at work. 70 years later, the deceit is finally unmasked.

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.

"A Fim Unfinished" is one of the most uncanny documentary movies about Nazi nihilism, said Bruno Chaouat, director for the center. "It confronts the viewer with the abyss of cynicism into which totalitarianism had immersed Europe. One of the most critical reflection on the visual archive, "A Film Unfinished" is as close as it gets to visual thought."

A Film Unfinished, 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.

Sponsored by: The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

In a gesture of solidarity with CHGS, noted scholars and luminaries, many associated with the Université Paris 7-Diderot, have been signing an online petition affirming the truth of the Armenian genocide. We thank our colleagues for their support. A final decision regarding the dismissal of the "Unreliable Websites" law suit is expected by early April

In conjunction with the spring lecture "Alternative Narratives or Denial," taking place on campus April 13 and 14, CHGS will facilitate a reading discussion group focusing on seminal works on the topic of Holocaust and genocide denial.

On February 15th, 2011, we will discuss Empathy to Denial: Arab Responses to the Holocaust by Esther Webman and Meir Litvak.

Feel free to join us even if you were unable to attend the first meeting of the group.

Reservations required: Please email chgs@umn.edu or phone 612-624-0256.

For more on the discussion visit the CHGS Reading Discussion Group blog.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Muslim dignitaries pay their respects at Auschwitz
(AP) - 2-1-2011

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) -- In a bid to fight anti-Semitism and bridge cultural rifts, a large delegation of Muslim dignitaries visited Auschwitz on Tuesday to pay tribute to the millions of Jews and others who were systematically killed in the Holocaust.

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Austrian Jews press charges over 'anti-Semitic' Turkish film on Gaza flotilla

Politicians and Jewish groups in Austria and Germany criticized action film 'Valley of the Wolves - Palestine' ahead of its release on Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Khmer Rouge suspects seek release ahead of trial
By Suy Se (AFP) - 1-31-2011

PHNOM PENH -- Three top Khmer Rouge leaders made a rare joint appearance before Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court on Monday to seek release from custody while they await trial for genocide.

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