October 2012 Archives

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: tkuehne@clarku.edu.

Kristallnacht in Civil War Spain
Tuesday, November 13
Room 1210 Heller Hall
4:00 p.m.

"Germany introduces forceful measures against the Hebrews.
A clear warning to international Jewry never again to make attempts on the lives of Germans."
- Ideal, Granada, November 13, 1938.

Professor Baer will talk about the contrasting treatment given to the news of the German anti-Jewish pogroms on November 9 & 10, 1938 by the Francoist and Republican sides during the Spanish Civil War.

The Francoist press met the news with approval and glee, in contrast to the condemnations expressed in the Republican papers, which offered solidarity and support to the victims, even as the legitimate Spanish government approached it's own death agony.

The Spanish republicans soon recognized that their fate was intertwined with that of European Jews.

Meeting and presentation schedule is now available by clicking on the link below.
Workshop Schedule Updated 10262012.pdf

If you are interested in participating in the workshop please contact Shannon Golden golde118@umn.edu.

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), the Human Rights Program and the Department of Sociology are organizing a Research Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Members of all departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Minnesota.

I am pleased to announce that, with the beginning of the fall semester, I took up my new position as the Stephen Feinstein chair and Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and as a faculty member of the Department of Sociology at University of Minnesota.

I am thrilled and honored to direct a center forged by the extraordinary vision of Stephen Feinstein, its founding director. I am committed to the mission of CHGS, advancing scholarship and collaboration across units of the University, and linking scholarship with public service and outreach to all sectors of society.

Since I started my work here in Minnesota I have been meeting with colleagues across the University and partners in the community. My objective is to identify synergies in order to develop collaborative efforts that build on the rich heritage of successful events and initiatives over the past 15 years at CHGS.

It is my intention to further develop CHGS as a major center of academic research, distinguished both by its international scope and local sensitivity. We will establish partnerships with institutions in the US and abroad, initially focusing on Europe and Latin America, to enhance the Center's national and international visibility and to attract graduate students and scholars. We will promote and undertake research and publication projects, develop attractive programs for lectures, conferences and workshops as well as innovative teaching initiatives. All these activities will be focused on raising awareness of Holocaust memory and advancing our understanding of the conditions and prevention of genocide within and beyond campus.

This can be achieved with the help of the Center´s staff and advisory board, community-based partners and friends, and with the support and collaboration of colleagues throughout the College of Liberal Arts and the University. I very much look forward to working together with you to reach these goals.

Please feel free to stop by my office to share thoughts and ideas. I look forward to meeting you.

With best regards,

Alejandro Baer

Did Elie Wiesel Christianize the Holocaust?
Wiesel's Night in Yiddish and French: Critical Appraisals and a New Approach

A lecture by Professor Alan Astro, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Friday, October 26
Room 609 Social Sciences Building
12:00p.m.

Elie Wiesel's Night, which first appeared in French as La nuit in 1958, may well loom as the archetypal Holocaust survivor account. But it was only in 1994, in his memoirs, that the author addressed the fact that Night is part adaptation, part translation of a Yiddish work he originally published in Buenos Aires in 1956, entitled ...Un di velt hot geshvign (...And the World Was Silent).

Critics have read discrepancies between the two versions in various ways: favorably, as resulting from appreciation for the distinct literary idiom of each language; provocatively, as the consequence of Wiesel's desire to cast the Holocaust in Christian, rather than Jewish, terms; and disparagingly, as part of a strategy to hide ideologically unpalatable, ethnocentric attitudes from a wider audience.

This presentation will review merits and flaws of these differing interpretations of Wiesel's work, and sketch a possible new approach.

Alan Astro (Ph.D., Yale University, 1985) is professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. He has published on Beckett, Borges and Sholem Aleichem as well as other modern authors in French, Spanish and Yiddish. Astro's latest work is Yiddish South of the Border: An Anthology of Latin American Yiddish Writing (2003).


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.

Rebuilding the Community: Jewish Life in Germany after the Shoah
Jay H. Geller, Professor of Judaic Studies, Case Western Reserve University
Sunday, October 28, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Beth El Synagogue
26th St., St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Even after the Shoah, Jews chose to settle in Germany. Who were these Jews, and why did they decide to remain in a country that had been hostile to their very existence only a few years earlier? How did they deal with antagonism by German neighbors and isolation by Jewish groups abroad? This talk explores the circumstances that led to a renewed Jewish community in post-Holocaust Germany and the alliances that permitted it to flourish.

Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies
Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Room 710, Social Sciences Building
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS), the Human Rights Program and the Department of Sociology are organizing a Research Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Members of all departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Minnesota.

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