April 2014 Archives

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 susie@minndakjcrc.org.

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

Francisco Ferrandiz, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe.

Thursday, May 8
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
1-109 Herbert M Hanson, Jr Hall

Since 2000, the exhumation of mass graves from the Spanish Civil War and the Post-War years, mostly involving the largely abandoned graves of civilians killed in the Francoist rearguard by paramilitary groups, has become a central element in contemporary social and political debates in the country about the nature of the armed conflict and the dictatorial regime following it. Although exhumations have become a crucial tool for symbolic reparation and have triggered claims for justice for the crimes committed and now unearthed, the social process unleashed by their opening is way larger, and relates to the emergence of a fragmented and heterogeneous political culture focused on the memory of the defeated in the war.

In this talk, the complexity and dynamism of this process is analyzed, including from political and legal initiatives of great social and media impact to local actions on the ground, at times failed, ephemeral or almost imperceptible, but no less crucial. Regional differences, associated to uneven public memory policies, will also be considered.

Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence Research Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

On November 24-26, 2014, a conference entitled, Bystanders, Rescuers or Perpetrators? The Neutrals and the Shoah - Facts, Myths and Countermyths, will be held at Centro Sefarad-Israel in Madrid, Spain.

This conference is supported by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and sponsored by Centro Sefarad Israel - Madrid; Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies- University of Minnesota; Mémorial de la Shoah - Paris; History Unit of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland - Berne; Topography of Terror Foundation - Berlin; Living History Forum - Stockholm; Memoshoá/Association for the Education and Remembrance of the Holocaust - Lisbon and Tarih Vakfı/History Foundation - Istanbul.

The conveners are calling for scholarly papers on the policies of the neutral countries during the Holocaust and the public debate on them in these countries.

The conference will thus aim at addressing the following issues:

•The neutral countries' reactions to Nazi anti-Jewish policies and their own policies on Jewish refugees;
•Their response to the German ultimatum of 1943 to either repatriate Jews with citizenship from their respective countries who lived in Nazi-occupied Europe or to allow their deportation;
•The genesis and long-lasting effects of "rescue myths", the current state of the discussion regarding the neutral countries' positions during the Holocaust;
•The dealing with the history of the Jewish persecution in state fact-finding commissions and committees of historians;
•Approaches to Holocaust education in neutral countries.
•Holocaust public memory (ceremonies, memorials, museums) and memory politics in neutral countries.

Please send your proposals (up to 350 words) and brief CVs no later than May 25, 2014 to: conference2014@sefarad-israel.es

For more information, please view Call for Papers Bystanders.doc

Marisol Soto, PhD student at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Holocaust Genocide & Mass Violence Studies Workshop (HGMV)

Thursday, May 1
Room 609 Social Sciences

Marisol Soto's project examines the intersection among photography, social integration beyond trauma and the action of human rights organizations, and explores the important role that photography plays in documenting and reporting human trafficking that targets indigenous populations. I contend that genocides do not only result in direct violence against their victims, but also leave vulnerable communities of survivors that are targets of further violence. In addition, this proposal examines paradoxes resulting from the use of testimonies and archives outside the human rights community, such as in the consumption of atrocity in the media, an act which leads to the re-victimization of young women and children who are victims of trafficking. Finally, I will use photography and literary and testimonial narratives in new ways that complement more traditional forms of expression and provide new insights into the trauma of the victims, with the ultimate goal of contributing to their recovery and protection, and to raise awareness in the society.

In February 2013, internationally recognized artist Felix de la Concha collaborated with CHGS to include Twin Cities Holocaust survivors in his latest portrait series, 'Portraying Memories.' Nine local survivors were invited to share their testimonies of survival as Felix painted their portrait. These sessions were video recorded and depict the portraits transformation from a blank canvas to the finished piece; this process of portraying provided a powerful and emotionally charged multidimensional representation of his encounter with his sitters.

On such participant, Max Goodman, recounted being forced from his home in Romanian to a "Jewish colony," a combination of a concentration and detention camp. There he, his mother and sister were forced to live with 16 people in a 400 square feet house for two and half years. During this time one-third of the deportees starved, froze to death or died from disease. Max was forced to work in a slaughterhouse and periodically at other labor camps with hardly any food.

To hear more of Max's story and view the development of his portrait, please view the excerpt below.

Excerpts of the video recordings of the series' other Minnesota participants are now available on the Center's youtube channel and can be viewed by clicking here.

To learn more about Felix de la Concha and his artwork visit his page on the CHGS Virtual Museum.

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

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

Ana Forcinito, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, U of M.
Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe.
Thursday, April 24
3:00 p.m.
1-109 Hanson Hall

Cultural practices have played a crucial role in the construction of collective memory in Argentina, by addressing the invisibility and the silence about human rights violations, by exploring different layers of memory, and by reframing the interpretations that surround human rights struggles. This talk will offer an overview of the battles of memory after the last military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983), focusing on artistic and cultural practices in dialogue with crucial moments of the post dictatorship period.

Organized by the IAS Reframing Mass Violence Research Collaborative. Cosponsored by the Human Rights Program, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Thursday, April 10
Northrop, Best Buy Theater


Speaker: Emilio Crenzel, Sociology, University of Buenos Aires
Response: Leigh Payne, Global Studies, University of Oxford and University of Minnesota

The panel sheds light on the most substantial transformations and the continuities in Argentina's social memory of its recent past and discusses the processes that led Argentina's Truth Commission Report Nunca Más (1984) to become the canonical way the disappearances and the country's political violence is publicly remembered, and how its meaning has been modified by new interpretations in the last two decades.

Other University of Minnesota faculty participants on the panel are Ana Forcinito (Spanish and Portuguese Studies) and Alejandro Baer (Director, CHGS).

Both panels are cosponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

The Reframing Mass Violence Collaborative explores the particular developments and transnational entanglements of social memories in societies, revisiting their legacies of dictatorship, state terror, and grave human rights violations in Latin America and Southern Europe.

Thursday, April 10
St, Anthony Main Theatre
Part of The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul International Film Festival
Introduction by Alejandro Baer, Director CHGS

For tickets and information please click here.

Inspired by real events that haunt Poland's past, Wladyslaw Pasikowski (who wrote the screenplay for Andrzej Wajda's Katyn) turns in a hard-hitting allegory on the anti-Semitism that still raises its ugly head in his home country. Franek and Jozek are brothers who are reunited after 20 years in order to take care of the family farm. Franek, recently returned from the US, discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community for threatening to uncover a dark secret. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a horrifying gothic tale. Upon its release in Poland, Aftermath received acclaim, but also generated intense controversy.

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The Last of the Unjust
Sunday, April 13
1 p.m.
St Anthony Main Theatre
Part of The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul International Film Festival
Introduction by Bruno Chaoaut, Chair, Department of French & Italian, former director CHGS.

For tickets and information please click here.

Claude Lanzmann returns to a series of interviews he made in 1975 with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto. Murmelstein was largely demonized after the war, accused of collaborating with the Nazis, with his survival being the proof. These interviews, however, tell a different story--one of a pragmatic man who fought not only for his own survival but also the survival of every Jew he could possibly help. A powerful addendum to Lanzmann's masterpiece Shoah, The Last of the Unjust employs an unadorned style for an incredibly complicated historical narrative that continues to be defined today.

Sponsored by the European Studies Consortium, Institute for Global Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, The Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of French & Italian, and The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul.

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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