August 2012 Archives

A New Slur
Calling people "Holocaust-obsessed" is the new holocaust denial.

The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce that Professor Alejandro Baer has been named the Stephen Feinstein Chair and new director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Alex_Seminario_FCJE_IIIb.jpegProfessor Baer is a distinguished scholar of Holocaust memory and testimony, and comes to Minnesota after serving on the sociology faculty of the Ludwig Maximilians-Universität-München in Germany. His books include Holocausto. Recuerdo y representación (Holocaust: Remembrance and Representation) and El testimonio audiovisual. Imagen y memoria del Holocausto (Audiovisual Testimony. Image and Memory of the Holocaust). In addition he has authored numerous articles addressing issues of genocide, memory, and Anti-Semitism. He is currently engaged in research focusing on the uses and abuses of Holocaust history and memory in the Spanish-speaking world as well as the trans-nationalization of memory.

Professor Baer has actively engaged the broader community in the issues addressed by his scholarship. He has directed the Spanish section of the Shoah Visual Archives project and has served as a member of the Spanish delegation to the International Task Force for Holocaust Education Remembrance and Research. With the support of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain, Professor Baer co-founded Radio Sefarad, designed to spread the ethical values, culture and science of Judaism through its history and current development to Spanish-speaking audiences. More recently he has curated a traveling exhibition, Visas for Freedom: Spanish Diplomats and the Holocaust, which he plans to bring to the Twin Cities.

In addition to serving as Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Alejandro Baer will join the Department of Sociology as an associate professor.

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.

Berdahl Memorial Lecture
Dr. David Kertzer, Professor of Anthropology at Brown University
September 24, 2012
4:00 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Dr. David Kertzer is Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, where he formerly served as Provost. Professor Kertzer's research ranges widely, including: Italian politics and history, anthropological demography, social organization, politics and symbols, political economy and family systems, age structuring, European historical demography and the history of Catholic Church-Jewish relations.

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."

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.

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.

On April 25, 2012, Jonathan Judaken gave a lecture entitled, "The Conceptual Jew: Reflections on Arendt and Adorno's Post-Holocaust Theories of Anti-Semitism." The talk is now available to watch on CHGS' YouTube channel. Click here to view the video, as well as other CHGS-sponsored lectures, including Deborah Lipstadt and Alvin Rosenfeld.

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