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SPRING 2024

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Holocaust Memory in the Czech Republic with Notes on Germany

Dr. Jacob Ari Labendz directs the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College. A scholar of Jewish history and culture, Dr. Labendz has published two edited volumes, in addition to a number of articles, chapters, and reviews, with a primary focus on Jews in and from Central Europe, nationalism and diaspora, antisemitism, and Holocaust aftermath. He also works on Jewish veganism and vegetarianism.  Registration is required.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Cultural Memory of the Holocaust in Britain: A National Perspective

Dr. Emily Stiles is Lecturer in Modern History, University of Winchester in Britain.  Focusing on research undertaken for her 2012 book Holocaust Memory and National Museums in Britain, this talk by Dr. Stiles will discuss the shaping of an ‘official’ Holocaust narrative through a national museum in Britain. It will consider how the Holocaust became a central theme in British war memory in the 1990s and how (and with what consequences) the nation’s national museum of modern conflict created a permanent exhibition to this theme in 2000. That exhibition recently underwent a complete redesign, reopening to the public in 2021. The talk will also consider how national Holocaust memory has developed more broadly in Britain over that 21-year period.  Registration is required.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Battles over the Holocaust: Polish & Jewish Memories

Dr. Zachary Mazur is Senior Historian at POLIN, Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland.  In the aftermath of World War II, Jews, and Poles formulated separate histories and memories of their wartime experiences. While Poles claimed that Polish Catholics and Jews suffered equally, in the Jewish narrative, Polish antisemitism and indifference were instrumental in making the Holocaust possible. Actions and reactions from both sides have made for a particularly volatile environment. Despite the dangers, attempts at reconciliation have been made and continue today. This talk will uncover how we have gotten to this point and where we can go from here to resolve one of the thorniest issues in memory politics.  Registration is required.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 • 7:30 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Dr. David Kertzer: The George And Alicia Karpati Lectureship

Dr. David Kertzer is Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies at Brown University. He is author of several relevant books: The Popes Against the Jews (2001) and The Pope at War. The Secret History of Pope Pius XII, Mussolini and Hitler (2022). He was given access by the Vatican to primary source materials. The conversation will be moderated by Drew President Dr. Hilary Link, who herself was a professor of Italian.  This program is organized by Drew University Advancement.  Registration is required.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting in-person at Drew University (TBA)
My Story of Surviving the Holocaust as a Child

Fran Malkin’s story is featured in the 2009 documentary film No. 4 Street of Our Lady, which is based on the 1993 diary of her late uncle, Moshe Maltz.

Saturday, May 18, 2024 • time TBD • Meeting in-person at Drew University Mead Hall Founders Room
A Memorial for Hedy Brasch

Holocaust survivor Hedy Brasch recently passed away; she was a long-time member of the Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study.

Past Events

Since being founded in 1993, the Center has organized and presented well over a hundred programs having to do with the Holocaust and other genocides.  A selection of these programs is presented below in reverse chronological order by academic semester.

Since being founded in 1993, the Center has organized and presented well over a hundred programs having to do with the Holocaust and other genocides.  A selection of these programs is presented below in reverse chronological order by academic semester.

FALL 2023

Monday, October 9, 2023 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom “For the Indian Cause:” Indigenous Issues in the 21st Century

Dr. Jane Hafen, Professor Emerita from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will speak about how contemporary American Indian issues are tied to the land, Native history, and survivance. The talk will include an examination of the life of Zitkala-Sa, Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (1876-1938), and provide insight to transitions from traditional life to urban Indians and contemporary politics.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting at Drew University (room t.b.d.)
Surviving the Holocaust in Berlin: The Personal Story of Fred Heyman

In commemoration of Kristallnacht, Fred Heyman will share his story of witnessing critical moments of the Twentieth Century in Berlin. As a child, he remembers Hitler’s appointment as chancellor in 1933, book burnings, the Nuremberg Laws, the Berlin Olympics, the Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht), and the significant events of World War II, beginning in 1939 with an attack on Poland. In addition to sharing his story, Fred will answer questions and encourage the audience to become “upstanders” instead of bystanders.

Thursday, November 30, 2023 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting at Drew University (room t.b.d.)
Dr. Asperger and the Handicapped Holocaust

Dr. Jonathan Rose, William R. Kenan Professor of History at Drew University, will speak about Dr. Hans Asperger, who claimed that he had discovered autism and strove to protect autistic children from the Nazi program to eliminate the mentally handicapped. These claims were publicized by Steve Silberman in his bestselling book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. And both of these claims were patently false: Dr. Asperger was a perpetrator of the Handicapped Holocaust who signed the death warrants of dozens of mentally disabled children. Moreover, Asperger’s theories of autism incorporated Nazi racial theories, and although we may not be aware of it, this scientific racism continues to shape (and distort) our understanding of autism even to the present day.

Spring 2023

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Nechama Birnbaum: The Redhead of Auschwitz: A True Story
Rosie was always told her red hair was a curse, but she never believed it. She often dreamed what it would look like under a white veil with the man of her dreams by her side. However, her life takes a harrowing turn in 1944 when she is forced out of her home and sent to the most gruesome of places: Auschwitz. Upon arrival, Rosie’s head is shaved and along with the loss of her beautiful hair, she loses the life she once cherished. Among the chaos and surrounded by hopelessness, Rosie realizes the only thing the Nazis cannot take away from her is the fierce redhead resilience in her spirit. When all of her friends conclude they are going to heaven from Auschwitz, she remains determined to get home. She summons all of her courage, through death camps and death marches to do just that. This victorious biography, written by Nechama Birnbaum in honor of her grandmother, is as full of life as it is of death. It is about the intricacies of Jewish culture that still exist today and the tender experiences that are universal to all humanity: family, coming of age, and first love. It is a story that celebrates believing in yourself no matter the odds. This is a story about the little redheaded girl who thought she could, and so she did.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 • 5:30 pm EST •  Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center
Michael Twitty: Koshersoul (The Marjorie M. and Irving Nat Pincus Lecture)
Moderated and responses by Tami Navarro, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Pan-African Studies Program; and Eli Rosenblatt, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Jewish Studies Program. The event was co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the Pan-African Studies Program, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study, Drew Theological School, The Center for Religion, Culture and Conflict, the Russell Berrie Foundation, and the Pincus Family Foundation.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Part One of Three of the Study Seminar, “Diaries & the Holocaust”
Dr. Amy Simon: Holocaust Diaries: Voices from the Abyss
In this lecture, Dr. Simon discussed the importance and role of diary writing for Jewish victims during the Holocaust. She focused on diaries written in Yiddish in the Warsaw, Lodz, and Vilna ghettos, emphasizing why people wrote, what they wrote about, how they preserved their writings, and what these sources can tell us about victim experiences and emotions during the Holocaust.

Dr. Amy Simon holds the William and Audrey Farber Family Chair in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History at Michigan State University. Her work on Holocaust fiction, memoir, diaries, and pedagogy has appeared in Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, Jewish Historical Studies, and the Journal of Jewish Identities as well as several edited volumes. Her book, Emotions in Yiddish Ghetto Diaries: Encountering Persecutors and Questioning Humanity, is forthcoming in June, 2023.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Part Two of Three of the Study Seminar, “Diaries & the Holocaust”
Dr. Kathryn Sederberg: Bearing Witness: Diary Writing in WWII and the Holocaust

Jews throughout Europe continued to write diaries during the 1930s and 40s, whether in hiding, imprisoned in ghettos, or even in concentration and death camps. While many of these authors would not survive the Holocaust, some writers were able to find refuge through emigration, taking their diary with them. This presentation provided an overview of the practices of diary writing during the Second World War, with a focus on the diaries written by the survivors of Nazi persecution who emigrated in the late 1930s. By analyzing specific diaries in detail, we can see how writers felt a need to document and bear witness to the historical events around them, while also preserving a sense of self.

Dr. Kathryn Sederberg is Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Assistant Professor of German Studies at Kalamazoo College (Michigan). Her main research areas include twentieth-century German culture, autobiography and memoir, war and gender, and National Socialism and its legacies. She has published on diaries and literature from the Second World War and the postwar period. Her current book project, Writing Home: Emigration Diaries of German and Austrian Jews, 1933-1945, analyzes the role of the diary as a site where the writing subject is shaped by processes of acculturation and explores new concepts of self, home, and belonging.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Part Three of Three of the Study Seminar, “Diaries & the Holocaust”
Dr. Renate Kessler: Personal Reflections on Translating My Father’s Writings: The Wartime Diary of Edmund Kessler

Dr. Edmund Kessler was a lawyer in Lvov, Poland, until he got caught up in the Holocaust. From 1942 to 1944, he kept a vivid eyewitness diary which describes his many dramatic experiences in the Lvov Ghetto and a concentration camp as well as in an underground bunker where he and other Jews survived by being hidden by a Polish farmer and his family.

Dr. Renata Kessler received her Doctor of Letters from Drew University in 2021. She is currently a professor at County College of Morris and teaches English as a Second Language to international students. Her search for the story has taken her to Poland, Lviv, Ukraine, and Israel. It has now become her legacy and has been published by the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw under the Polish title, Przeżyć Holokaust We Lwowie by Edmund Kessler and in English as The Wartime Diary of Edmund Kessler by Academic Studies Press in Boston, 2010. She is currently dramatizing the story into a play.

Monday, April 24, 2023 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Tova Friedman: Surviving Auschwitz
In commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).  Tova Friedman is one of the youngest people to survive Auschwitz concentration camp.  She was born in 1938 in northern Poland near the city of Gdansk.  After the onset of WWII, she and her family were first forced to live in a ghetto and then in a work camp.  In June 1944, she and her mother were transported to the extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she survived several close calls with death.  She and her mother were liberated by Soviet troops in January 1945.  They were later reunited with her father, and in 1950, the family emigrated to the US, where she earned two MAs and eventually became a social worker and administrator and therapist.  She is the author of the book The Daughter of Auschwitz (2022).

Fall 2022

Thursday, September 15, 2022 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Dr. Ashley Jardina: White Grievance Politics
Over the past twenty or more years, the U.S. has experienced significant demographic change. As the U.S. has become considerably more racially and ethnically diverse, and as people of color have become more visible in positions of social, economic, and political power, many white Americans have felt threatened by these changes. What are their reactions and what are their consequences for race relations, immigration policy, partisan polarization, electoral politics, and more? In this talk, Dr. Ashley Jardina drew on her own research and that of others to help us understand how white grievance has become central to national politics, with alarming consequences for the future of our democracy. Dr. Jardina is Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and author of the book White Identity Politics (Cambridge U Press, 2020). Her work focuses on racial attitudes, racial conflict, and the way in which group identities influence voting behavior and political preferences in the United States. Her writings have been widely featured in outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Vox, 538, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and more.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom and in-person
Dr. Joshua Kavaloski: Graphic Adaptations of Anne Frank’s Life and Diary
Anne Frank is arguably the best known victim of the Holocaust, and her life and diary have served as inspiration for four graphic novels.  This talk explored the different artistic and narrative approaches of these works.  Although they treat similar material, these graphic novels each have individual aesthetic and ideological strategies.  Dr. Kavaloski is a professor of German at Drew University where he also directs the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Dr. Monica Strauss: From Hearsay to History: Uncovering a Jewish Family’s Life in Pre-War Austria and Poland (In Commemoration of Kristallnacht)
Crossing Germany on the way home from a business trip on November 11, 1938, Oscar Spitzer, 34, saw the widespread destruction of Kristallnacht with his own eyes. He immediately grasped the implications for his Jewish family in Polish Silesia. Four days after arriving home, he went to the English consulate in Katowice and got a British exit visa good for one year. Visas for his wife and parents followed soon after. His foresight enabled them to escape to England in August 1939, just two weeks before the German invasion of Poland.

Discovering this crucial chronology in her father’s Polish passport several years after his death, Monica Strauss realized how superficial her knowledge of her parents’ pre-war lives had been. In 2010, when she embarked on serious research into her background, she decided to document her discoveries in a blog titled refugeetales.com Blogging was just coming into its own at the time and it seemed to offer the perfect venue for recording her research as she pursued it while at the same time providing a platform for commentary. And so it proved to be. She described how the blog form allowed her to flesh out the history of her family in pre-war Poland and Austria and bring to light the surprising contributions its members made to medicine, business, and the arts.

Spring 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Dr. Bill Freund: Growing up in Nazi Germany
One of the shrinking number of survivors from Nazi Germany tells his traumatic childhood stories and his family’s coming to America to rebuild their lives. Survival, he says, is the best revenge. Dr. Bill Freund is the chief economist emeritus of the New York Stock Exchange, where he was Senior VP and chief economist for 20 years. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University and served as a professor of economics at NYU and Pace University’s Graduate School of Business in New York City where he also directed the Freund Center for the Study of Securities Markets. He is author of the best-selling book Investment Fundamentals, co-author of the book People and Productivity, as well as numerous other books and articles. He has been an advisor to business, governments, and financial institutions, as well as to four governors of New Jersey. His report Productivity and Inflation was published by the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress. Dr. Freund also wrote two children’s books based on his family’s history: The Cookie That Saved My Family and The Towel That Saved Elizabeth. Registration is required.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
The German American Bund and the Untold Story of Bund Youth Leader Helen Vooros
Angela West, a History & Culture Ph.D. Candidate at Drew University and Coordinator at the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study will discuss her dissertation research on American women and their efforts within organized racist and antisemitic movements in the United States. For this program, she will share the history of the German American Bund in New York and New Jersey and the role of Helen Vooros, the South Brooklyn Youth Leader in the 1930s. Helen Vooros became a prominent youth leader for Bund girls and willingly participated in spreading antisemitic, fascist propaganda to American youth throughout her time in the movement. She ultimately left the Bund after visiting the Third Reich in 1937 and became a Congressional witness for the Dies Committee until the early 1940s. Helen’s time in the Bund points to a long history of women’s efforts in organized racist and antisemitic movements and how women as members are crucial for sustaining white supremacy and recruitment into hate groups. Registration is required.

Monday, March 21, 2022 • 7:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Dr. Maxim Matusevich: Vladimir Putin’s War Against Ukraine: A Case of Grand Imperial Delusion
This talk will place Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war against the independent nation of Ukraine in the context of Russian and Soviet imperial history. It will argue that the Soviet Union, despite its ideological break with the tsarist past, actually inherited certain features and aspirations of Russian imperialism, which was both expansionist in its practice and defensive in its rhetoric. Russian tsars and their Soviet successors often embraced an exceptional view of their imperial project and tended to see it as uniquely benign and necessary to safeguard the interests of the Russian core against the real and imagined external threats. Vladimir Putin, the product of Soviet KGB training and the admirer and self-professed student of Russian imperial history, has made these visions of grandeur (and grievance) central to his nation’s engagements with the outside world. Dr. Matusevich is Professor of Global History and the Director of the Russian and East European Studies Program at Seton Hall University. Registration is required.

Wednesday, April 27 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Commemoration of Yom HaShoah: Dr. Peter Engler, “From Kristallnacht to the Shanghai Ghetto”
Dr. Peter Engler was born into a Jewish family in Berlin, Germany, in 1934. Hitler had gained power one year earlier in 1933. He was four years old when his family fled Germany, shortly after the violence of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, in November 1938. He and his family joined about 18,000 European Jews in travelling to Shanghai, which was occupied at the time by the Japanese, who were allied with Nazi Germany. In 1939 the Japanese issued a “Proclamation” dictating that all the “stateless” refugees from Europe were required to relocate to a small, one square mile designated area, known today as the Shanghai Ghetto. In Shanghai, Dr. Engler attended a the Shanghai Jewish School. After WWII ended, his family immigrated to the United States, where he eventually earned his Ph.D. in biophysics. In 1984, Dr. Engler joined the electrical engineering department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He later became a charter faculty member of the newly founded biomedical engineering department, retiring as associate professor emeritus in 2002. Registration is required.

Fall 2021

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 • 7:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Dr. Arie Kruglanski: How Extremism Happens
These days the world is facing an unprecedented wave of violent extremism by non-state actors of various stripes. The causes in whose name they are willing to kill and die are very different (including religion, ethnicity, social justice among others) yet they all pose a serious threat to the security and stability of nations. The rising appeal of violent movements around the globe has been explained by various macro factors, in particular economic downturns, migration, or the refugee crisis. At the end of the day, however, it all boils down to the psychology of the individual. It is individuals, after all, who decide to throw caution to the wind, join a terror organization, pick up an AK47, don a suicide belt, and travel thousands of miles to risk their life and limb in a fight for a hallowed cause of one sort or another. In this talk, Professor Arie Kruglanski, who devoted recent decades to empirical research on violent extremism, shared his insights into what “makes them tick” and how the pernicious appeal of violent movements may be counteracted. Arie W. Kruglanski is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland. He is the recipient of numerous scientific awards, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and former Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Science. He has served as editor of major psychological journals, and as president of the society for the study of motivation (SSM). He has published over 400 articles, chapters and books on human cognition, group dynamics and violent extremism. He served on panels of the American Academy of Sciences and is a co-founder of the Center of Excellence for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism at the University of Maryland START). His recent books include “The Three Pillars of Radicalization: Needs, Narratives and Networks” (Oxford University Press), and “Radicals’ Journey: German Neo Nazis Voyage to the Edge and Back (Oxford University Press).

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 • 3:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Lucy Adlington: The Dressmakers of Auschwitz
Based on her recently published book The Dressmakers of Auschwitz, Lucy Adlington retold the powerful chronicle of the women who used their sewing skills to survive the Holocaust, stitching beautiful clothes at an extraordinary fashion workshop created within one of the most notorious WWII death camps. At the height of the Holocaust twenty-five young inmates of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp – mainly Jewish women and girls – were selected to design, cut, and sew beautiful fashions for elite Nazi women in a dedicated salon. It was work that they hoped would spare them from the gas chambers. This fashion workshop – called the Upper Tailoring Studio – was established by Hedwig Höss, the camp commandant’s wife, and patronized by the wives of SS guards and officers. Here, the dressmakers produced high-quality garments for SS social functions in Auschwitz, and for ladies from Nazi Berlin’s upper crust. Drawing on diverse sources – including interviews with the last surviving seamstress – The Dressmakers of Auschwitz follows the fates of these brave women. Their bonds of family and friendship not only helped them endure persecution, but also to play their part in camp resistance. Weaving the dressmakers’ remarkable experiences within the context of Nazi policies for plunder and exploitation, historian Lucy Adlington exposes the greed, cruelty, and hypocrisy of the Third Reich and offers a fresh look at a little-known chapter of World War II and the Holocaust.  This program was co-sponsored by the St. Elizabeth University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 • 4:00 pm EST • Meeting online via Zoom
Dr. Nancy Gerber: What the Living Remember
In this presentation commemorating Kristallnacht, centered on her novella by the same name, Dr. Gerber discussed her relationship to her father, who fled Nazi Germany ten days before Kristallnacht. Her talk addressed the ways in which the rupture of her father’s life and the shadow of the Holocaust shaped her as a member of the Second Generation. Dr. Gerber also read selections from the novella, which was inspired by her father’s experience. Dr. Gerber received a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University and completed psychoanalytic training at the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis in Livingston, New Jersey. She is the author of five books, including fiction, memoir, and a scholarly monograph. Her chapbook of poems about her family’s history, We Are All Refugees, was published by New Feral Press.

Spring 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021 • 3:00 pm • Meeting online via Zoom
Children’s Rights: Concept, History, and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Jonathan Levy, Director of Pedagogy and Advocacy of Child Rights in Action, explored the role of children’s rights in the thought of Janusz Korczak. A welcome address was given by Joyce Reilly, Vice President of the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA. This program waspart one of the three-part study seminar entitled “Children’s Rights in Our Time: The Legacy of Janusz Korczak.”

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 • 4:30 – 6:30 pm • Meeting online via Zoom
Analyzing Propaganda and Teaching Media Literacy: The Holocaust as a Case Study
Media literacy skills have become essential for young people to successfully navigate and critically assess the ever-increasing amount of information they receive throughout their day – on social media, advertisements, television, and film. Therefore, it is crucial for students to comprehend and identify how media, both historically and in contemporary society, can be used as a tool to incite hate and violence against certain groups. This learning opportunity examined the events of the Holocaust through the lens of media, by examining propaganda deployed by the Nazis to discriminate against Jews and other minorities. Educators gained the tools to facilitate classroom discussions on the role and impact of Nazi propaganda during the Holocaust and support their students to critically analyze media in today’s world.  This program was sponsored by the Saint Elizabeth University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

Thursday, March 11, 2021 • 4:00 pm • Meeting online via Zoom
Janusz Korczak’s Life and Legacy for Educators Today
Mariola Strahlberg, founder of the not-for-profit Shining Mountain Center for Peaceful Childhood, began by talking about Janusz Korczak’s childhood, his career as a writer, pediatrician, educator, and his advocacy for children’s rights. She was followed by Sara Efrat Efron, Professor Emerita at National Louis University, who discussed how to support children in times of crisis by teaching them responsibility for self, others, and communities at large. This program was part two of the three-part study seminar entitled “Children’s Rights in Our Time: The Legacy of Janusz Korczak.”

Thursday, March 18, 2021 • 4:00 pm • Meeting online via Zoom
Teaching Today through Children’s Rights and Korczak’s Inspiration
Ira Pataki, a former lawyer who has shifted to a career in education, examined the children’s republic in the classroom today. The Youth Court and its emphasis on the concept of restorative justice offers an ideal way to promote individual responsibility and constructive group interaction to promote change and empower our students as stakeholders in the school community. The SKY (Sharpsville Korczak Youth) Court arose as an organic hybrid of Korczak’s progressive vision and the concept of restorative justice. This program was part three of the three-part study seminar entitled “Children’s Rights in Our Time: The Legacy of Janusz Korczak.”  It was co-sponsored by the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA and by the Saint Elizabeth University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

Thursday, March 25, 2021 • 10:30 am • Meeting online via Zoom
Surviving Sachsenhausen: The Story of Odd Nansen
In this talk, retired attorney and historian Tim Boyce (www.TimBoyce.com) examined a concentration-camp diary entitled From Day to Day. Hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” From Day to Day is a World War II concentration camp diary—one of only a handful ever translated into English—secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian. Arrested in January 1942, Nansen, son of polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen (Nobel Peace Prize, 1922), was held captive in various Nazi camps in Norway and Germany. This inspiring diary brilliantly illuminates Nansen’s daily struggle, not only to survive, but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity. Timothy Boyce rescued the diary from oblivion after reading the memoir of another Holocaust survivor, whose life, as a 10 year-old boy, was saved by Nansen while both were prisoners in Sachsenhausen. Through selected readings, Tim explained who Nansen was, why he was arrested, why he wrote the diary, how he preserved it, and why this diary is as important today as it was when first written.

Thursday, April 8, 2021 • 4:00 pm • Meeting online via Zoom
Commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Judith Bihaly shared her powerful story of how her mother survived Auschwitz, but her father died in forced labor in the Hungarian Army. Judith Bihaly herself survived by being hidden in a Catholic girls’ school when she was nine; her twin brother Andrew survived by being hidden in a juvenile detention center. They didn’t know that they were Jewish. Judith Bihaly will talk about identity, her brother’s fate, and about surviving without knowing who she was. This program wasco-sponsored by the Saint Elizabeth University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

Thursday, April 29, 2021 • 7:00 pm • Meeting online via Zoom
The Armenian Genocide and the Modern Age: Annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration
Dr. Peter Balakian discussed how and why the Armenian Genocide became a template for genocide committed in a modern modality and why it is a landmark event in the history of modern mass violence. Peter Balakian is the author of seven books of poems, four books of prose, and two translations. Ozone Journal, his most recent poetry collection, won the 2016 Pultizer Prize. Vice and Shadow: Essays on the Lyric Imagination, Poetry, Art, and Culture was published in 2016. Balakian’s highly acclaimed memoir Black Dog of Fate (1997) received the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir and was a New York Times Notable Book. The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response received the 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize and was a New York Times and National Bestseller as well as a New York Times Notable Book. He is also the author of Theodore Roethke’s Far Fields (1989). His translation with Aris Sevag of Grigoris Balakian’s Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide was a Washington Post book of the year. This program was organized and sponsored by the Saint Elizabeth University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

Fall 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 2020  • 4:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
Making the Other: White Supremacy and Its Legacies

This talk by Dr. Khemani Gibson explored white supremacy.  Though often associated with hate groups such as the KKK and neo-nazis, white supremacy’s power and influence extends beyond the belief that non-white people are inferior. Indeed, it is the less overt manifestations of white supremacy that have proven to be as insidious as its overt permutations. This talk examined not only the origins and history of white supremacy in the United States but also the various ways the ideology takes shape in our current world both domestically and internationally.  Dr. Khemani Gibson received his Ph.D. in African-American and Caribbean History from NYU, where he is currently an instructor. His undergraduate degree is from Drew University, where he was a Civic Engagement Scholar, Baldwin Scholar and EOS Scholar.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and honors with a triple major in PANAF, history, and Spanish.  This talk was cosponsored by the following organizations at Drew University: the History Department, the History & Culture Ph.D. program, the History Club, and Special Collections & University Archives.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
Working Through the Trauma of the Past:
Uncovering Family History in the Holocaust and WWII

Barbara Gilford is author of Heart Songs: A Holocaust Memoir about her family’s history.  She discussed the process of researching the relationship between her father, who survived the Holocaust, and her father’s mother, who perished in Auschwitz. Barbara Gilford began as an educator and later maintained a clinical practice in psychotherapy for almost twenty-five years. Trauma, loss and suffering in her clients engendered in her deep appreciation for the strength and resilience embedded in the human psyche and spirit.  She is also an award-winning freelance writer for the New York Times and other publications. She was joined by Kerstin E. White, who helped her by translating documents and letters. Kerstin has taught German and French courses at the college level and worked as a psychotherapist. She is the author of her memoir, Little Girl Found: A German Woman’s Story of Tuberculosis, Trauma and Healing. She is currently working on a new memoir about her immigration story and family history. Kerstin illuminated the plight of non-Jewish German refugees fleeing the advancing Soviet army in the winter and spring of 1945. In talking about her mother’s traumatic flight from West Prussia as a child and the story of her loss, Kerstin introduced a piece of history unknown to most Americans. In the context of inter-generational trauma, she described her own experiences as a second-generation survivor.  This program was co-sponsored by the Saint Elizabeth University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

Thursday, October 15, 2020 • 7:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
America and its Jews in the 1930s
Dr. Hasia Diner explored 1930s America and the ways some Americans pinned the blame for their unease and distress on Jews, those at home and those abroad. Dr. Diner is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University. This program was organized and hosted by the Saint Elizabeth University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education; it was cosponsored by the Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
Sousa Mendes and the Refugees of World War II

In commemoration of Kristallnacht, Joan Halperin will discuss her book My Sister’s Eyes about her family’s escape from Belgium. Her family members survived thanks to Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese Consul who issued visas (and passports) to Jews and others fleeing Nazi Germany during WWII.

Summer 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
Discussion of the Memoir, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me:
A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past

While the consequences of the Holocaust on the children and grandchildren of survivors has been well documented, the descendants of the Nazi perpetrators have often received less attention. Jennifer Teege’s memoir, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past is a very personal contribution to our understanding of the aftershocks of the Holocaust. Teege, who was raised by an adopted family, takes us on a journey of discovery as she learns that her biological grandfather was concentration camp commandant Amon Göth, the so-called “butcher of Plaszow,” who is infamously featured in the film Schindler’s List. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about the legacy and historical burden of Nazism on Germans today. The book discussion was led by Prof. Ann Saltzman, director emerita of the Center.

Spring 2020

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study has regrettably cancelled all events and meetings for the spring semester of 2020

Fall 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 • 4:30 p.m.
Learning Center, Room 28 (underneath the library), Drew University
The New Nationalist Threat to Liberal Democracy

Dr. Jason Jordan, Associate Professor of Political Science at Drew University, discussed how populist nationalism has grown from a marginal movement to a major political force throughout much of Europe and the United States over the past two decades. Combining deep suspicions of globalization with a highly restrictive ethnic-nationalism, the latest generation of populist parties, from the Hungarian Fidesz to the French National Front, have disrupted the post-War consensus surrounding liberal democratic institutions. Placing this current period of political conflict into the broader history of nationalism and the rise of nation-states in Europe and the West, this talk examined how the call of populist parties to save democracy from liberal globalism threatens to undermine the very foundations of Western democracy.  This talk was co-sponsored by the College of Saint Elizabeth’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, which will later be hosting a paired talk about racism and antisemitism.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 • 4:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
The U.S. Bombing of Cambodia and the Cambodian Genocide: Is There a Connection?

Dr. Michael Gialanella explored a possible connection of President Nixon’s bombing and incursion into Cambodia, the so-called “sideshow” of the Vietnam War, with the rise of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot’s genocidal policies in that country. Instead of delving into the specifics of the Cambodian Genocide, it was asked if U.S. policy, to any degree, might have contributed to it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 • 4:00 p.m.
Mead Hall Founder’s Room, Drew University
Escape from the Holocaust and Journey to Canada

In commemoration of Kristallnacht, Dr. Josef Eisinger shared his eventful childhood experiences escaping Nazi-occupied Vienna, as described in his 2016 book, Flight and Refuge: Reminiscences of A Motley Youth. After a calm, middle-class childhood, his parents sent him by Kindertransport (children’s transport) from Austria to Britain, where he found work as a farm “lad” in Yorkshire and later as a dish washer in a Brighton hotel. Following the fall of France, he was interned as an “enemy alien” and was transported to Canada.  Dr. Eisinger is professor emeritus at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

Spring 2019

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 • 4:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
The Holocaust and the Human Rights Movement
Dr. Hans Morsink, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Drew, gave a talk based on his new book, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Holocaust: An Endangered Connection (Georgetown University Press, 2019).  To sustain themselves, social movements need a master text, and the Universal Declaration is the master text of the human rights movement. It has the moral power it has because it was born in the shadow of the Holocaust.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 • 12:00 noon
The Methodist Archives, Drew University
Confronting Hatred: A Discussion on the History of White Supremacy in New Jersey and the United States
Today’s phenomenon of white supremacy and far-right extremism has a long tradition and can be better understood by an examination of the past.  The discussion was accompanied by a selection of archival material from Drew University’s Special Collections and the United Methodist Church Archives.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 • 8:00 p.m.
Kean Reading Room, Library, Drew University
George and Alicia Karpati Lecture: Dr. Omer Bartov
Dr. Omer Bartov, the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and a professor of German Studies at Brown University, was the guest speaker for Drew’s 2019 George and Alicia Karpati Lecture. A book signing followed Dr. Bartov’s talk. The program was established in 2005 by Michael and Noemi Neidorff in honor of Noemi’s parents, bringing outstanding authors and scholars to Drew in the fields of Jewish/Holocaust studies and Eastern European history.

Monday, March 18, 2019 • 4:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
The Herero Genocide: The Twentieth-Century’s First Campaign of Racial Extermination 
Dr. Paul Edwards of Harvard University explored questions of race in the German assault against the Herero, an ethnic group in South West Africa, during the early twentieth century.  His talk is based on his scholarly essay about German satirical magazines and their response to German colonialism. In the essay, Dr. Edwards argues that the working class readership developed an ambivalence to the colonial project and a labor-related sympathy with African colonial subjects although this was fraught with racist overtones. The satirical magazines response to the genocide of the Herero shows an engagement with anti-colonialism, and there was even a special “colonial issue” that expressed widespread concern with German military action in South West Africa.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 • 7:30
Learning Center 28, Drew University (below the library)
US Premiere of the Documentary Film, Churchill and the Movie Mogul
In the 1930s, Winston Churchill was employed by movie producer Alexander Korda as a screenwriter and historical advisor.  Korda made blockbuster movies like The Private Life of Henry VIII and Lady Hamilton. But these films contained an underlying message: in not so subtle ways, they warned against the threat of Nazism and promoted military readiness. This new documentary, screened for the first time in the United States, uses rare historical footage to reveal how Churchill used movies to achieve his political goals. John Fleet, the director/producer of Churchill and the Movie Mogul, was present at this screening to answer questions from the audience.

Monday, March 25, 2019 • 4:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
Colonialism and Genocide: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Myanmar

Dr. Joshua Gedacht discussed the situation of the Rohingya Muslims; since August 2017, over 700,000 have fled from the predominantly Buddhist nation of Myanmar to escape widespread military atrocities. Based on these actions, the United Nations has recently recommended that the Myanmar military should be “prosecuted in an international criminal tribunal for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.” This talk provided an update on this ongoing refugee crisis and examined the historical roots of the conflict going back to the British colonial era. In particular, it argued that the colonial-era construction of communal boundaries played a key role in shaping the troubled evolution of Buddhist-Muslim relations and the current crisis.

Friday, April 12, 2019 • 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Rainis Auditorium, the College of Saint Elizabeth
Holocaust and Genocide Research Symposium
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at the College of Saint Elizabeth and the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study at Drew University invited the public to a half-day symposium exploring the latest trends in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. This interactive program featured round-table discussions by faculty from universities throughout New Jersey. Discussants included Adara Goldberg (Kean University), Jonathan Golden (Drew University), Larry Greene (Seton Hall University), Joshua Kavaloski (Drew University), Jordan Nowotny (Fairleigh Dickinson University), Kate Temoney (Montclair State University), and Amy Weiss (College of Saint Elizabeth). The keynote address, given by Nancy Sinkoff (Rutgers University), was entitled “Lucy S. Dawidowicz and the Beginning of Holocaust Studies in the United States.”

This symposium was part of the New Jersey Working Group on Holocaust and Genocide Research, and was funded by a Special Initiatives Grant from the American Academy for Jewish Research.

Monday, April 29, 2019 • 4:00 p.m.
Mead Hall Founders Room, Drew University
Robert R. Max: Soldier and Survivor
The Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies’ Arts & Letters Salon collaboratively presented a talk by Robert R. Max in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). Historians believe he is the last living American soldier to have escaped and survived Nazi slave labor in World War II. His story is preserved at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, and in his memoir, The Long March Home: An American Soldier’s Life as a Nazi Slave Laborer.

Fall 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018  • 4 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University

Marking the 80th Anniversary of the Dismemberment of Czechoslovakia in 1938.”
This program marked the 80th anniversary of the Munich Agreement by hearing from three people whose lives were affected by its outcomes: Peter Fleishmann, born near Prague in 1927, lived under Nazi occupation from 1938 to 1941 at which point his family was able to escape to the United States. Susan Lederman, born in 1937 in Bratislava (now Slovakia), survived the Holocaust in hiding with Christian families and was reunited with her parents after the Russian liberation. Eva Vogel, the child of two Auschwitz survivors, was also born in Slovakia right after the war; her story includes post-Holocaust life in Communist Czechoslovakia.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018  • 7 p.m.
Learning Center, Room 28, Drew University
Holocaust as Contested History
Menachem Rosensaft gave a talk on the subject of “The Holocaust as Contested History” during which he discussed how the Holocaust is remembered and not remembered in different eastern and central European countries. Mr. Rosensaft is the General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress, and teaches about the law of genocide at the law schools of Columbia and Cornell Universities. He was appointed to the United Sates Holocaust Memorial Council by Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and is the editor of God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors, published by Jewish Lights Publishing.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018  • 4 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
In Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht
Also known as “the night of broken glass” and the Reich Pogrom, Kristallnacht occurred on November 9-10, 1938.  During these two days, the Nazis unleashed a wave of pogroms against Germany’s Jews, wreaking incredible damage on Jewish communities across “greater  Germany” which by 1938 included Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia.  Over 1000 synagogues were destroyed along with Jewish stores and homes.  Over 100 Jews were murdered; thousands were imprisoned in concentration camps. This program marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht through photos and film excerpts taken at the time as well as testimony by two first hand-witnesses:  Peter Lederman and Erwin Ganz, both small boys in November 1938.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018  • 5:30 p.m.
Methodist Archives, Drew University
Book Launch Event
Join the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study as we celebrate the publication of the English translation of an important book about forced labor in Nazi Germany at the end of World War II, newly edited by Drew Professor Emerita of German, Dr. Edwina Lawler. In August 1944, 800 Jewish women from Hungary and Poland were moved from Auschwitz to Bremen to undertake forced labor. This important book presents unique research on a forgotten camp and its forgotten forced workers. Originally published in German by Helmut Müller and translated into English by Elfriede Smith, a member of the Drew faculty in German from 1968 to 2014, this book presents a literary diary based on survivors’ written and oral accounts as well as archival documents. New to the English edition are reflections by Hedy Brasch, a member of Drew University’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and survivor of Obernheide.

Spring 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018  • 4 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
From the Holocaust to Social Justice: Part 1 of the three-part study seminar
A screening of the 2013 documentary film, Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not be Silent.  In 1930’s Berlin, Joachim Prinz witnessed how the Nazis stripped away the civil rights of Jews. When he arrived in the U.S. in 1937 and witnessed racism against African-Americans, he was inspired to act. As rabbi of Temple B’nai Abraham in Newark, NJ and later as President of the American Jewish Congress, Prinz became a leader of the civil rights movement. He spoke at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where he declared: “bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problem. The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence.” Moments later, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The screening will be followed by a discussion with film’s co-producers and co-directors, Rachel Fisher and Rachel Pasternak

Monday, March 26, 2018 • 4 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
From the Holocaust to Social Justice: Part 2 of the three-part study seminar
A screening of the 2000 documentary film, From Swastika to Jim Crow. The film explores the similarities between Nazism in Germany (the Swastika) and racism in the American south (Jim Crow.)  In 1939, the Nazi government expelled Jewish scholars from German universities.  Many of them found teaching positions in Southern universities, where they sympathized with the plight of their African-American colleagues and students.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Lillie Edwards, Professor Emerita of History and Pan African Studies at Drew University.

Monday, April 2, 2018  • 4 p.m. (TALK CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW)
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
From the Holocaust to Social Justice: Part 3 of the three-part study seminar
From Holocaust to Community Activism: A talk by Dr. Sue Lederman, Professor Emerita of Public Administration at Kean University; she planned to recount her experience as a hidden child during the Holocaust and how it prompted her involvement in community activism. Co-author of Elections in America: Control and Influence in Democratic Politics, Dr. Lederman has served as president/director/chair of many civic and professional organizations, including the League of Women Voters of the United States, the Common Cause National Governing Association, and the Northeastern Political Science Association.

Monday, April 16, 2018  • 4 p.m.
Ehinger Center, Crawford Hall, Drew University
Hana Berger Moran: The Story of my Mother, Holocaust Survivor: A talk by Thomas Berger
In commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), Thomas Berger discussed the experiences of his mother, Hana Berger Moran, Ph.D., who was born in a concentration camp in Freiberg, Germany.  She and her mother Priska were later liberated from concentration camp Mauthausen (now in Austria). Their story is featured in the book Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance and Hope, authored by Wendy Holden.

Monday, May 7, 2018 • 7 p.m.
Learning Center 28 (under the Rose Memorial Library), Drew University
Film Screening of the documentary, The Long Way Home
Join us for a screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary depicting the way that Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors contributed to the creation of the State of Israel, which was founded 70 years ago on May 14, 1948.

Fall 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017  • 4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Learning Center, Room 28, Drew University
From Death to Life: The Role of Theater in Post-Holocaust Healing
Dr. Lindsay Warren, an adjunct lecturer at the College of New Jersey and a history teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, will talk about survivors from the Bergen Belsen Displaced Persons camps who participated in a Yiddish theatre group called the Kazet Theatre after they were liberated. This group helped to reestablish social bonds and create a sense of community, essential steps for recovery from trauma.  Through the physical work of designing sets, rehearsal, and performance of both traditional Yiddish plays and new, original works, many of which incorporated Holocaust themes.  The Katzet Theatre bridged survivors’ memories and hopes for the future.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017  • 4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Learning Center, Room 28, Drew University
The Resurgence of Populist Nationalism in the West: From Trump to the National Front
The past several years have witnessed a rise in nationalist movements in the United States and Europe. Dr. Jason Jordan, Associate Professor of Political Science at Drew University, will survey these political developments and discuss their consequences for the future.

Monday, September 18, 2017  • 4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
American Protestant Holocaust Commemoration Projects: The Use of Fundraising and Forestry to Build a New Generation
Dr. Amy Weiss, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at the College of Saint Elizabeth will examine the American Christian Palestine Committee’s belief that as a Christian organization, they needed to atone for the crimes committed by the Germans and their allies after the Holocaust.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017  • 4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Learning Center, (Below the Rose Memorial Library), Room 28, Drew University
Screening of 2009 documentary film, No. 4 Street of Our Lady (95 min. long)
This film tells the remarkable, yet little-known, story of Francisca Halamajowa, a Polish-Catholic woman who risked her life to save 15 Jews during the Holocaust.  The film will be followed by a discussion with Fran Malkin, a child Holocaust survivor who was rescued by Halamajowa.

Spring 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
LC 28, Drew University
White Nationalism and the Alt-Right Movement
Keegan Hankes is Managing Data Intelligence Analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. He’ll be talking about the Alternative Right, “a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that ‘white identity’ is under attack by multicultural forces using ‘political correctness’ and ‘social justice’ to undermine white people and ‘their’ civilization” (quotation from the website of the SPLC).

Monday, March 20  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
The Holocaust on Film
Joshua Kavaloski, Associate Professor of German at Drew University and Director of the Center, will examine the problematic way that a secondary or “prosthetic” memory of the Holocaust is created by mainstream feature films such as Schindler’s List, The Pianist, Life is Beautiful, and others.  This talk is part one of the three-part study seminar sponsored every year by the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study; you are encouraged but not required to attend the other two talks.

Monday, March 27  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
Holocaust Memorials and Monuments
Margaret Kuntz, Professor of Art History at Drew University, will discuss how memorials and monuments shape our understanding of the Holocaust.  This talk is part two of the three-part study seminar sponsored every year by the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study; you are encouraged but not required to attend the other two talks.

Monday, April 3 • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
Art and the Holocaust
Holocaust survivor and artist Tibor Spitz will speak about his paintings and their relationship to his first-hand experiences in the Holocaust.  This talk is part three of the three-part study seminar sponsored every year by the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study; you are encouraged but not required to also attend the other two talks.

Monday, April 24 • 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Mead Hall Founders Room, Drew University
Commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Holocaust survivor David Tuck will talk about his first-hand experiences in Auschwitz and other camps.

Fall 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016 • 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Learning Center (LC) Room 28, Drew University
ISIS and Genocide
The United States Department of State recently declared ISIS’s actions in Syria and Iraq to be “genocide.”  This is the first time since 2004 that the United States has used this term, which involves mass violence against targeted groups.  What prompted the United States to adopt this policy?  What comprises genocide?  What are the stages that allow genocide to arise?  These are some of the questions that will be addressed by Dr. Gregory Stanton, who is Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at George Mason University and former member of the United States State Department.  He was instrumental in the recent decision by the United States to use the term genocide to describe ISIS’s treatment of minorities in Syria and Iraq.  Dr. Stanton is also President of Genocide Watch, an organization devoted to tracking the development of genocides.  He will utilize his ten-stage theory of genocide to discuss how and why the United States came to the decision to declare the actions of ISIS to be genocidal.

Thursday, September 22 • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
Conversation with Witness
Eric Hamberg grew up near Mannheim, Germany and escaped in 1939, just months before World War II began.  He later immigrated to the U.S.A and became a member of the American Armed Forces and helped in the liberation of Europe.

Monday, October 24, 2016 • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Learning Center (LC), Room 28, Drew University
Comparative Cinematic Racism
This talk by Dr. Larry Greene, Professor of History at Seton Hall University, will compare the role of gender and race in the 1915 American film Birth of a Nation with the 1940 German film Jud Süß.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University
Conversation with Witness
Holocaust survivor Mrs. Hedy Brasch will share her memories of being deported from Hungary, her time in Auschwitz, and her work as a forced laborer in Bremen, Germany.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Learning Center (LC) Room 28, Drew University
Commemoration of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass)
Erwin Ganz grew up in Germany and was a first-hand witness to Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) on November 9-10, 1938, when the Nazis attacked Jewish-owned businesses and murdered dozens of Jews in Germany and Austria. He will talk about his experiences after the screening of a brief documentary film about the event.

Spring 2016

Monday, February 22 • 5:00 p.m.
Ehinger Center 109, Drew University
“Victims of the Past:” The Nazi Propaganda War Against the Disabled
Christopher Lipnick, who is completing his dissertation in Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, will give a presentation about the way that the Nazis attempted to shape the public opinion of the German people regarding the status of those deemed disabled.

Monday, March 21, 2016 • 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Ehinger Center 109, Drew University
Sri Lanka: Reflections on a Journey with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
Joyce Reilly is an Associate of the Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Karuna Center; she will talk about her recent peacemaking journey to Sri Lanka, which has recently emerged from a long and violent civil war.

March 15, 22, and 29, 2016 • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Room 106, Drew University
Modern Aesthetics / Nazi Aesthetics: A Three-Part Study Seminar
Tuesday, March 15: Professor Jonathan Rose, “Churchill and Hitler: Their Literary Lives” – Flyer
Tuesday, March 22: Professor Leslie Sprout, “The Moral Complexity of French Composers during World War II” – Flyer
Tuesday, March 29: Professor Kimberly Rhodes, “Modern Art in Nazi Germany”

Monday, April 11, 2016 • 7:30 p.m.
Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Drew University
An Evening with Dr. Robert O. Fisch: A Survivor and Eternal Optimist
Dr. Robert O. Fisch is an eminent pediatrician, author, artist, and Holocaust survivor. His most notable book, Light from the Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust, is taught in junior high and high schools around the world. He will speak as part of the Drew University Library’s Alicia and George Karpati Lectureship, which brings to campus outstanding authors and scholars in the fields of Jewish Studies, Eastern European history, and Holocaust Studies. Tickets are $20 each; reservations may be made through the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre box office at tickets.shakespearenj.org or 973-408-3971. An announcement about the event can be found on Drew University Library’s website here.

Monday, May 2, 2016 • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Learning Center (LC) Room 28, Drew University
Remembering Fred Eisenberg, Survivor of 10 Concentration Camps: In Commemoration of Yom HaShoah
This presentation about Fred Eisenberg will be given by Angela West, Ph.D. student in Drew’s History & Culture program, based on her research with the Dachau Memorial Museum and with Professor Christiane Pyle, German Language Department, Southern Oregon University. Free and open to the public.

Fall 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 • 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Learning Center, Room 28 (located below Rose Memorial Library)
Screening and Discussion of the film No.4  Street of Our Lady
This documentary film tells the remarkable story of Francisca Halamajowa, a Polish-Catholic woman who rescued 16 of her Jewish neighbors during the Holocaust, while cleverly passing herself off as a Nazi sympathizer.  The screening will be followed by a Q & A session with Fran (Fay) Malkin, who is featured in the documentary and who was one of the hidden children saved by Francisca Halamajowa.  This event, which is free and open to the public, can also deepen the understanding of those who plan to attend the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Brothers College (BC), Room 101
Conversation with Selma Tennenbaum Rossen, who survived the Holocaust as a hidden child
Selma Tennenbaum Rossen and her family survived the Holocaust in Poland by hiding in attics, cellars and bunkers aided by individuals recognized as righteous Gentiles, most notably Helena Skrzeszewska, who hid the family on her farm. Please join us for a conversation with Ms. Rossen, who will share memories of her experience. This event, which is free and open to the public, can also deepen the understanding of those who plan to attend the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 • 4:00 p.m.
Drew University Library – Pilling Room, 2nd floor
“Postal and Currency Propaganda in the Third Reich and the Shoah”
Chris Taylor, Dean of the College and Professor of Comparative Religion at Drew University, will be sharing items from his personal collection.  As the generation that experienced the Nazi regime and the Shoah firsthand passes away, it becomes increasingly critical to document even these ephemeral tools of Nazi propaganda and control.  Free and open to the public.

Thursday November 12, 2015 • 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Annual conference commemorating Kristallnacht in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the start of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg
“From Nuremberg to The Hague: The Evolution of War Crimes Trials”
Speakers: Dr. Devin Pendas, Associate Professor of History, Boston College; Dr. Lawrence Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College; Elizabeth Turchi, Esq., LL.M, Director of the Kean University  Human Rights Institute, former legal advisor to U.N. Assistant Secretary General at Special Tribunal for Lebanon and legal officer at UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Registration: $20 per person (includes lunch) / Approved for 6 continuing credits for educators.
Conference Invitation and Agenda | Registration card

Spring 2015

Thursday, February 26, March 19 and March 26, 2015 • 4 – 6 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106
Annual Study Seminar: After Liberation: The First Five Years, 1945-1950
Guest Lecturer: Nathaniel Knight, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at Seton Hall University
$30 registration fee; up to 6 CEU units available
Flyer| Press Release

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 • 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Baldwin Gymnasium
Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Screening of Escape from Auschwitz.  Through historical footage and re-enactment, this documentary tells the story of Auschwitz prisoners Rudolph Vrba and Alfred Wetzler who escaped the camp to reveal the truth and tried to warn others of what was happening there.  Special Guests: Eva Vogel and Hedy Brasch.  Eva Vogel’s father not only knew both Vrba and Wetzler personally, but he was also a member of the underground group which helped orchestrate the escape.  Hedy Brasch, was a prisoner in Auschwitz at the time the escape took place.
Free and open to the community
Flyer | Reservation Form

Monday, April 27, 2015 • 7 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
The 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide: A Commemoration
Testimony of Andranik Vartanian (1900-2007), survivor of the Armenian Genocide, presented by his daughter Susan Vartanian Barba; “Undoing Denial: The Armenian Genocide and Art” presented by Neery E. Melkonian; Concert by Zulal, Armenian a capella group singing traditional folk songs
Free and open to the community
Flyer

Fall 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014 • 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106
Research Colloquium
Nazi “Scientific” Propaganda
Free and open to the public
Flyer

Thursday, November 13, 2014 •8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Annual Conference Commemorating Kristallnacht
“Hollywood and Nazi Germany, 1933-1945: Stories Told/Stories Untold”
$20 includes lunch
Conference Invite and Agenda

Spring 2014

Thursday, March 6, March 20 and March 27, 2014 • 4 – 6 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106
Annual Study Seminar: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Modern World
Guest Lecturers: Lillie Edwards, Ph.D., Professor of History and African-American Studies, Director of Pan-African Studies and Director of American Studies, Drew University and Michael Gialanella, D.Litt., Adjunct Professor of History, Seton Hall University: Facilitator: Larry A. Greene, Ph.D., Professor of History, Seton Hall University
$30 registration fee; up to 6 CEU units available
Flyer | Press Release

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • 7 p.m.
Crawford Hall, Ehringer Center, Room 152
Twenty Years After the Genocide in Rwanda: A Survivor Reflects on the Journey Back from the Abyss
Speaker:  Eugenie Mukeshimana, Genocide Survivor & Founder/Executive Director of the Genocide Survivors Support Network
Free and open to the community
Flyer

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Baldwin Gymnasium
Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Screening of René and I, a 75-minute documentary film that tells the story of young twins René and Irene, who spent more than a year in Auschwitz under the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele.  Special guest presenters: Irene Hizme, whose story is told in René and I, and Leora Kahn, Executive Producer
Free and open to the community
Flyer |  School Reservation Form

Fall 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013 •8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Annual Conference
“Understanding the Long Rippling Effect of Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World”
$20 includes lunch
Invitation/Agenda

Thursday, November 7, 2013 • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brothers College – Room 101
Kristallnacht Commemoration Film – Marking the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht
Screening of the film “The Night of Broken Glass”,  with Special Guest: Erwin Ganz, Witness to Kristallnacht.
Free and open to the community
Flyer

Sunday, October 20, 2013 • 2 – 4 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Benefit Concert – “As Time Goes By: Music from 1933-1945″
Award-winning cabaret and Broadway vocalists brought to life music from the World War II era
$75 with all proceeds going to the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study
Benefit Concert Invitation | Performers  |

Spring 2013

Thursday February 28, March 7 and March 14, 2013 • 4 – 6 p.m.
Learning Center 106
Annual Study Seminar: Nazi Propaganda
Facilitated by Larry Greene, Ph.D., Prof. of History, Seton Hall University
$30 registration fee; up to 6 CEU units available
Flyer | Response Card

April 10, 2013 • 10 a.m.
Baldwin Gymnasium
Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Screening of “The Boys of Terezin” with special appearance by Sidney Taussig, one of the boys of Terezin.
Free and open to the community
Co-sponsored by the Jacqueline Berke Program Fund and Joyce E. Reilly C’74 in honor of Hedy Brasch, Holocaust survivor.
Flyer | School Reservation Form

Fall 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012 ● 7:30 p.m.
Learning Center Room 28
In Celebration of the Center’s 20th Anniversary
Dr. Stephen M. Berk, Schaffer Professor of Holocaust and Jewish Studies at Union College will give a talk entitled “New Directions in Holocaust Studies: The History of the Holocaust Revisited.”
Save The Date Card | For Educators

Thursday, September 20, 2012 ● 7:00 p.m.
Learning Center Room 28
Screening and Panel Discussion of the Documentary Film:
“In the Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine”
Following the film screening, there will be a panel discussion with Prof. of Biology Christina McKittrick, Prof. of History Frances Bernstein, and Prof. of Religious Studies Darrell Cole.  Moderated by the Director of the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study, Prof. Emerita of Psychology Ann Saltzman.
Free and open to the community
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and by the Office of Student Activities
Flyer

Thursday, November 15, 2012 ● 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Annual Conference Commemorating Kristallnacht:
“The Holocaust in Poland: A Terrible yet Extraordinary History”
• Keynote speaker is Natalia Aleksiun, Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History, Touro College, New York.  She will give a talk entitled “The Holocaust in Poland: A Complicated History.”
• Stanlee Stahl, Executive Director of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous will speak on “The Righteous of Poland.”
• Testimony by Frances Malkin, Holocaust survivor, with excerpts from the documentary film, “No. 4 Street of Our Lady,” which tells the story of Mrs. Halamajowa, a Polish farmer, who hid Fran, her mother and nine members of her family in a barn attic.
• Performance of the play “Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Story,” followed by discussion with cast and director, affiliated with Uniontown High School in Kansas where the play was written and first performed in 1999.
Registration: $20 per person ● Up to 6 hours professional development credits available to educators
Co-sponsored by: the Rosenstiel Foundation of New York Nancy and Nelson Schaenen, Jr. Dr. Barbara and Robert Starr
Invitation | Response Card

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 • 8 p.m.
DYCA Concert Hall
Amernet String Quartet performing “Music of the Jewish Diaspora for String Quartet,” including work by Erwin Schulhoff, Holocaust victim.
Co-sponsored by the Drew Music Department and the David M. Guland Memorial Music Fund administered by the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study.
$10 general public; $5 Drew faculty, staff and non-drew Students; free for Drew students
Flyer

Thursday, December 6, 2012 • 4 p.m.
Brothers College Room 120
Research Colloquia: Government, Guilt and Glory – The Commemoration and Memory of the Holocaust in Irish Famine through Monuments and Museums
Presented by Ann Mahon, D.Litt., Drew University, 2012.
OPEN ONLY TO CENTER MEMBERS AND THE DREW COMMUNITY
Flyer

Spring 2012

Thursday, March 1, 8, 22, 29, 2012 ● 4 – 6 p.m. Location TBA
Study Seminar on the Crisis in Sudan: A Four-Part Series
Facilitator: Joyce Reilly C’74
Registration: $40 for series ● Open to the community
Continuing Education Credits available to educators.
Co-sponsored by Drew PANAF Programs: DASA, Kuumba, Umoja House
and the Pan-African Studies program.
Flyer | Response Card
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 ● 7:30 p.m. ● Founders Room/Mead Hall
Annual Lecture on Gender and Genocide
Guest Speaker: Cara De Silva, author of In Memory’s Kitchen
Free and open to the community
Co-sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies program at Drew University
Flyer

Friday, March 30, 2012 ● 7:00 p.m. ● Learning Center Room 28
Drew University Hillel presents the Marjorie M. and Irwin Nat Pincus Fund – The 2012 Pincus Program: Loren Galler Rabinowitz speaking on “The Third Generation Comes of Age.”
Miss Rabinowitz will present Drew Hillel’s First Ayshet Chayil Woman of Valor Award to Ann L. Saltzman, Ph.D., director of Drew’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study.
Free and open to the community.
Flyer

Thursday, April 12, 2012 ● 4 p.m. ● Brothers College Room 120
Lecture: How Queen Victoria’s Grandson, Charles Edward, Became Involved in the Nazi Eugenics Program
Guest Speaker: Dr. Alan Rushton, M.D., Ph.D.
Free and open to the community.
Flyer

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 ● 10 a.m. ● Baldwin Gymnasium
Annual Yom Hashoah Commemoration
Documentary film screening: “SECRET LIVES: Hidden Children and their Rescuers during WWII”
Guest speaker: Aviva Slesin, producer/director of film
Free and open to the community.
Sponsored by Joyce E, Reilly C’74 in memory of her parents Dorothy and Joseph Reilly
Flyer | Yom HaShoah program school registration form

Sunday, April 29, 2012 ● 5 p.m. ● Shanghai Jazz Restaurant, Madison, NJ
Fundraising Event to Benefit the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study
Invitation | Response Card

Fall 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011 ● 7:00 p.m.
Learning Center Room 28
Performing in Purgatory: Literature, Music, and Performance during the Holocaust
Dr. Leah Wolfson, Senior Program Officer, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.
Free and open to the community
Dr. Wolfson’s lecture is sponsored by the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by the generosity of the David & Judith Ganz Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 ● 9:00 a.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall
19th Annual Conference Commemorating Kristallnacht
Music and the Holocaust: Ideology and Identity
Registration: $25 per person (includes lunch and materials)
Approved for 6 continuing education credits
Lecturers and performers:
• Pamela Potter, Professor of Musicology, University of Wisconsin School of Music
• Brett Werb, Music Collection Curator, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C
• The Motyl Chamber Ensemble, NYC.

Spring 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 ● 10 a.m.
Baldwin Gymnasium
Annual Yom Hashoah Commemoration
Screening of “The Voyage of the St. Louis” with guest speaker Fred Buff, who as an 18-year-old, was a passenger on the St. Louis.
Free and open to the community.
Funded by donations made in memory of Peter A. Fried.

Sunday, April 3, 2011 ● 2 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Lecture, Concert, and Reception to Benefit the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study
Lecture by Joseph Sebarenzi, author of God Sleeps in Rwanda:  A Journey of Transformation and former speaker of the Rwandan Parliament; concert by the Drew University Ubuntu Pan-African Choir; reception in honor of Joyce Reilly C’74, anti-genocide activist and member of the Center’s Board of Associates.
Reservation required:  $100 per person. ● Open to the community.

Monday, March 28, 2011 ● 7:30 p.m.
University Center Room 107
Annual Lecture on Gender and Genocide – Shattering Shame and Silence:  Sexual Violence Against Jewish Women During the Holocaust.
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Rochelle Saidel, Executive Director, “Remember the Women Institute,” New York City.
Free and open to the community.
Co-sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies program at Drew University.
Acorn Article: “Lecturer gives voice to genocide victims”

Wednesday, March 2, 16, 23, 30, 2011 ● 4 – 6 p.m.
Brothers College Rm. 101
Study Seminar – Rwanda in Perspective:  Past, Present, and Future
Facilitator:  Joyce Reilly C’74
Registration:  $40 for series ● Open to the community
Continuing Education Credits available to educators.
Co-sponsored by Drew PANAF Programs: DASA, Kuumba, Umoja House and the Pan-African Studies program.
Acorn Article: “Revisiting the Rwandan genocide”

Fall 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010 ● 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
18th Annual Conference Commemorating Kristallnacht
Responses to the Holocaust by American Presidents: Realpolitik or Real Justice?
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Registration:  $18 per person (includes lunch and materials).

Monday, September 27, 2010 ● 7 p.m.
Conversation with a Witness: Nesse Godin
University Center Room 107
Nesse Godin is a survivor of the Shauliai, Lithuania Ghetto, the Stutthof Concentration Camp, four labor camps and a death march.  She has dedicated her adult life to teaching and sharing memories of the Holocaust.
Approved for 1.5 continuing education credits.
Suggested donation $5 per adult ● Open to the community.
Co-sponsored by Drew Hillel.
Acorn article: “Holocaust survivor stresses the importance of memories”

Spring 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010 ● 2 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Lecture and Reception in honor of Director Emerita Jacqueline Berke to Benefit the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study.
Lecture by Francine Prose, author of Anne Frank:  The Book, The Life, The Afterlife.
Reservation for lecture and reception:  $100 per person.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 ●10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Baldwin Gymnasium
Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration – “Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh.” Guest speaker:  Roberta Grossman, producer/director.  “Blessed Is the Match” is the first documentary feature about Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc.
Yom HaShoah Commemoration funded by donations in memory of Peter A. Fried with additional support by The Seryl and Charles Kushner Family Foundation.
Acorn article: “Holocaust movie shows survival and heroism”

Thursday, April 8, 2010 ● 4:30 p.m.
Learning Center 28
“No. 4 Street of Our Lady” – a compelling documentary honoring the legacy of Francisca Halamajowa. Lovingly referred to as “the angel” by those she rescued, this Polish Catholic woman secretly hid 16 Jews in her barn and basement (located at No. 4 Street of Our Lady) during 1942-44. Guest speaker, Frances (Fay) Malkin, who at two years old was the youngest person to be hidden by Francisca Halamajowa, will address the audience.
Sponsored by the Drew University Office of Student Activities and Investors Savings.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 ● 7:00 p.m.
University Center Room 107
The Myth of Silence:  American Jewry in the Decade Following the Holocaust
Prof Hasia Diner, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History; Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, History; Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, New York University.
Co-sponsored by the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies; the Center for Religion, Culture and Conflict; and Hillel.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 ● 7 p.m .
Learning Center Room 28
Annual Lecture on Women & Genocide:  Battling the Khmer Rouge through Lyric:  Cambodian American Hip Hop and Genocide Justice.
Guest speaker:  Cathy Schlund-Vials, Assistant Prof. of English and Asian American Studies at University of Connecticut.
Co-sponsored by the Women & Gender Studies program.

Thursday, March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2010 ● 4 – 6 p.m.
University Center Room 104
Study Seminar – The White Rose Resistance: German Youths Protest Against the Third Reich
Facilitator: Ruth B. Melon, D.Litt.
Registration: $40 per person. Eight professional development credits issued to educators at the completion of the series.

Fall 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009
Brookdale Community College, Linwood, New Jersey
7th Annual CHE all-day conference
Survivor Testimony: Bringing Voices from the Past and Present into the Classroom
Workshop presented in conjunction with the Annual Council of Holocaust Educators Conference. Complimentary copies of Moments in Time: a Collage of Holocaust Memories will be distributed to those educators attending the workshop.
For registration information: www.che-nj.org.

Thursday, November 12, 2009 ● 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Annual Conference Commemorating Kristallnacht: “Samuel Bak – Artist/Witness to the Holocaust”
Will feature a talk by Samuel Bak an exhibition of his art, a performance of Yiddish music, and a presentation by Allan Nadler, a professor of Jewish studies at Drew. [This program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations contained in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.]Invitation and registration information will be mailed in September.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 ● 7:30 p.m.
University Center Room 107
Photograher Yuri Dojc – “What Remains”
The internationally acclaimed Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc tells of his meeting and recording the stories of Slovak Jews who survived the Holocaust. In seeing Dojc’s photographs of these survivors, the viewers are compelled to recall and remember that these people achieved survival despite utmost trauma.

Monday, September 14, 2009 ● 4 p.m.
University Center Room 104
“Conversations with Witnesses”
Benjamin Bingham, son of United States diplomat Hiram Bingham IV, will discuss his father’s little-known efforts to save European Jews during World War II. Approved for 1.5 continuing education credits.

Spring 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • 10:00 a.m.
Baldwin Gym
Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Screening of “No. 4 Street of Our Lady” with appearance by the film’s producers and also by Frances Malkin, Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study Associate, whose family story is told in the documentary.
Sponsored by the Seryl and Charles Kushner Family Foundation

Thursday, April 16, 2009 • 7 P.M.
University Center 107
God is my Witness – The Role of Religion in Surviving Genocide
Guest speaker: Immaculee Ilibagiza, survivor of 1994 Rwandan genocide and author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.
Co-sponsored by the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies; the Drew Theological School, the Center for Christianities in Global Contexts; the Center for Religion, Culture & Conflict; the Drew Diversity Fund; and the PAN-AF program.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 • 7 P.M.
Mead Hall – Founders Room
Women and Genocide: Rebuilding, Reconciliation and Renewal.
Co-sponsored by the Drew University Women’s & Gender Studies program.
Panelists: Olivia Dreier, Associate Director of Karuna Center for Peacebuilding; Stephanie Urdang, founder and US Coordinator of Rwanda Gift for Life; and Eugenie Mukeshimana, a genocide survivor who is now a social worker in NJ. Also sponsored by the Anthropology and Psychology departments and the PAN-AF and Behavioral Sciences programs.

Wednesday, March 4, March 11, March 25 and April 1, 2009 • 4 – 6 p.m.
Brothers College Room 120
4- Part Study Seminar: Bio-medical Ethics and the Holocaust.
Facilitator: Ms. Stacy Gallin.
Registration: $40. Professional development credits available.

Monday, February 9, 2009 • 4 P.M.
University Center Room 104
Conversations with Witnesses series: Dr. Ernestine Schlant Bradley
Drew University Visiting Professor, author of The Way Home: A German Childhood, An American Life, her personal memoir.

Fall 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008 • 7 p.m.
University Center Room 107
Dr. Sophie Freud
Granddaughter of Sigmund Freud (who escaped from Nazi Vienna to Paris in 1938 with her mother) will read from her memoir Living in the Shadow of the Freud Family
Co-sponsored by the Psychology Club and the Psychology department

Thursday, November 13, 2008 • 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Baldwin Gym
Conference in Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht
Scattered to the Winds: Desperate Attempts by Jews to Escape the Nazis
Registration: $18 per person includes lunch and refreshments

Monday, October 20, 2008 • 4:00 p.m.
University Center Room 104
Conversations with Witnesses series: Dr. Adam Broner
Author of My War against the Nazis: a Jewish Soldier with the Red Army
Co-sponsored by the Russian Studies program and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education

Monday, October 6, 2008 • 7:00 p.m.
University Center Room 107
Exploring Hate as a Social and Political Process
Dr. Kathleen Blee, Distinguished Prof. of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh and Mark Weitzman, Director, Task Force Against Hate, Simon Wiesenthal Center, NY

Monday, September 22, 2008 • 7:00 P.M.
University Center Room 107
The Eight Stages of Genocide
Dr. Gregory Stanton, Director, Genocide Watch

Spring 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 ● 10:00 a.m.
Baldwin Gymnasium
8th Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration: “Steal a Pencil for Me”
Award winning documentary about the power of love and the ability of humankind to rise above unimaginable suffering.
Commentary by Ina and Jack Polak, whose story is told in the film
Funded by the Seryl and Charles Kushner Family Foundation

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 ● 7 p.m.
University Center Room 107
The Holocaust, Genocide, Forgiveness, and Healing: Religious, Philosophical, and Psychological Perspectives
A roundtable discussion with Prof. Christopher Boesel (Ass’t. Prof. of Christian Theology, Drew Theological Seminary) Dr. Eva Gossman (moral philosopher, former Associate Dean of Princeton College) Dr. Ani Kaylajian (President of the Armenian Association for the Study of Stress and Trauma, Prof. of Psychology, Fordham University) Prof. Allan Nadler (Prof. of Religious Studies and Director, Jewish Studies Program, Drew University) Joseph Sebarenzi (former President of the Rwandan Parliament, Tutsi survivor of the Rwandan genocide)
Funded by the Rita and Mel Wallerstein Partnership Grants and
administered by the Drew University Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict

March 19, 2008
Annual Lecture on Women & Genocide: Sexual Abuse of Women as a Tool of Genocide
Guest speaker: Dr. Adeyinka M.A. Akinsulure-Smith, Senior Psychologist, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture

Sunday, February 2, 2008 ● 2 p.m.
Concert Hall, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
“Lost Yiddish Culture of Eastern Europe” and “Yiddish Tango”
Lecture by Dr. Allan Nadler, Prof. of Jewish Studies, Drew University and concert by Karsten Troyke, Yiddish singer

Fall 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007 ● 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
15th Annual Commemoration of Kristallnacht
Holocaust Denial and Anti-Semitism Entwined: Historical, Activist and Educational Perspectives
Guest speakers: Shelly Shapiro, editor of Truth Prevails: Demolishing Holocaust Denial: The end of the Leuchter Report (1990) and Kenneth Stern, American Jewish Committee specialist on anti-Semitism and extremism and author of Holocaust Denial.
Open to the community
Registration: $35 per person

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 ● 7:00 p.m.
University Center Room 107
Update on the Current Situation in Darfur
Gitta Zomorodi, Senior Policy Associate, American Jewish World Service
Free ~ open to Drew students and faculty, educators, Center members

Sunday, October 7, 2007 ● 2 p.m
Mead Hall
15th Anniversary Celebration of the Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study
Guest Speaker: Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, Chancellor Emeritus, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Guest of Honor: Gerald Gurland, FAIA
Registration: $75 per person
Open to Center members and invited guests

Monday, September, 24, 2007 ● 5–7 p.m.
University Center Room 107
Poster Session
Presented by student participants in the Drew International Seminar on “The Holocaust, Its Representations, and the German-Jewish Experience”
Free ~ open to the Drew community, Center members and invited guests

Spring 2007

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 ● 4–9 p.m. (with intermission)
Hall of Sciences Room 4
“Schindler’s List”
Film screening and discussion with Luna Kaufman.
Open to Drew students and faculty and the community

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 ● 10 a.m.
Baldwin Gymnasium
7th Annual Yom Hashoah Commemoration
Film: “Nicholas Winton – The Power of Good”
Guest speakers: Benjamin Abeles and Hanna Slome
Open to Drew invited students and educators, Drew students and faculty and the community

Tuesday, March 6, 2007 ● 7 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall
“Hotel Rwanda” Part 2
Guest speaker: Paul Rusesabagina
Open to Drew students and faculty and the community
Co-sponsored by Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Pan-African Studies, Theological School, Office of the CLA Dean, Behavioral Sciences Program, Philosophy Department and Sociology Department

Monday, March 5, 2007 ● 7 p.m.
Hall of Sciences Room 4
“Hotel Rwanda” Part 1
Film Screening
Open to Drew students and faculty and the community

Tuesday, February 6, 2007 ● 7:00 p.m.
Hall of Sciences Room 4
“Revisiting The Killing Fields – 30 Years Later”
Screening of “The Killing Fields”
Introduction and post-screening discussion by Dith Pran
Open to Drew students and faculty and the community
Co-sponsored by Thomas Meyer in memory of his parents who were survivors of the Holocaust

Fall 2006

Thursday, November 2, 2006 ● 9:00 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Baldwin Gymnasium
14th Annual Conference Commemorating Kristallnacht: National Socialism “Embodied”: Body Politics, Sports, & the Holocaust
Program Topics:
♦Remembering the Holocaust: Body Aesthetics, Race and Spectacle (Dr. Uli Linke, Associate Prof. of Anthropology, Rochester Institute of Technology)
♦The Joe Louis-Max Schmeling Fight: Sports as a Window into “Body Politics” (Dr. Lewis Ehrenberg, Prof. of History, Loyola University, Chicago)
♦Lebensborn: The Female Body as Incubator to Create a Master Race (Dr. Ann Saltzman, Prof. Psychology, Drew University)
♦The “body” in Nazi propaganda films: Leni Reifenstahl’s Olympiad vs. The Eternal Jew (Dr. Stuart Leibman, Prof. of Film Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, NYC)
♦ “Re-embodying” Jewish lives lost during the Holocaust (Ms. Ann Weiss, Director, Eyes from the Ashes Foundation)
Registration: $40 (includes lunch and conference materials)
Free to Drew students and faculty (lunch not included)

Monday, October 16, 2006 ● 4 p.m.
University Center 104
“Conversation with Witnesses”
A conversation with Dr. Eva Gossman, author of Good Beyond Evil: Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times
Open to Drew students and faculty, educators, Center members

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 ● 7:30 p.m.
University Center 107
Darfur: From Analysis to Action, II
Guest speaker: Michael Gonzales, Horm of Africa Unit Chief, U.S. Department of State; moderated by Philip Peek, Prof. of Anthropology, Drew University
Co-sponsored by the Drew University Ad Hoc Committee to Save Darfur

Sunday, September 17, 2006
Rally to Save Darfur in New York City
Open to Drew students and faculty and the community
To make a reservation contact 973-408-3600 or ctrholst@drew.edu

Thursday, September 14, 2006 ● 4 p.m.
University Center Room 107
Darfur: From Analysis to Action, II
Panel discussion of the ongoing crisis
Moderator: Lillie Johnson Edwards, Ph.D., Prof. of History and African-American Studies
Panelists: Dr. Joyce Apsel, editor of Darfur, Genocide before our Eyes and Matthew Emry, senior program officer for conflict and emergency relief at the American Jewish World Service
Free and open to Drew students and faculty and the community
“Save Darfur” programs co-sponsored by the Drew University Ad Hoc Committee to Save Darfur

Spring 2006

Sunday, April 30, 2006
Bus trip to “Million Voices for Darfur” Rally in Washington D.C.
Open to Center members and the Drew community
Registration: $35 per person, $10 for students

Monday, April 10, 2006 ● 7:30 p.m.
University Center Room 107
Annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration: “Denial of the Armenian Genocide, Remembrance of the Holocaust, and Growing Anti-Semitism in Turkey”
Guest speaker: Dr. Stephen Feinstein, Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota
Open to the community

Tuesday, April 4, 2006 ● 10:00a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Baldwin Gymnasium
Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Documentary film: “The Fuhrer Gives a City to the Jews”
Speakers: Leopold Lowy and Ela Weissberger, survivors of Terezin

Sunday, February 26, 2006 ● 2:00 p.m.
Learning Center Room 28
Screening of “Sometime in April”
Sponsored by the Drew Pan-African Studies program and Morris county LINKS, INC.
Open to the community

Fall 2005

November 1 – December 9, 2005
Brothers College Exhibit Cases
Exhibit of First Day Covers of Holocaust Commemorative Stamps
On loan from the collection of Dr. Paul Drucker
Curated by Gerald Gurland, FAIA

Thursday, November 3, 2005 ● 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Baldwin Gym
13th Annual Conference Commemorating Kristallnacht
“Living Room Witnesses: American Television and the Holocaust”
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Shandler
Registration fee: $40 (includes lunch)
Open to the community and Drew students and faculty

Monday, October 10, 2005 ● 7:30 p.m.
University Center Room 107
Film: “The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank”
Written and Directed by Willy Lindwer (1988)

Thursday, October 6, 2005 ● 8:00 p.m.
Thomas H. Kean Theatre ~ Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Performance by the Theater Arts Dept. /Drew University Dramatics Society:
The Diary of Anne Frank
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Registration: $6 general admission

Thursday, October 6, 2005 ● 7:00 p.m.
Director’s Lab/ARTS 138
“A World of Difference: The Original vs. the New Dramatic Adaptation”
Prof. Jacqueline Berke, Co-Director, Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study

Sunday, September 18, 2005 ● 2:00 p.m.
Mead Hall
Reception in honor of the publication of “Moments in Time: A Collage of Holocaust Memories”
For invited guests only

Spring 2005

Thursday, April 21, 2005 ● 10:00 a.m.
Baldwin Gymnasium
Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration: 60th Anniversary of Concentration Camp Liberation, “One Survivor Remembers – the Gerda Klein Story”
Guest Speaker: Gerda Klein

Thursday, April 7, 2005 ● 7:30 p.m.
Learning Center Room 28
Sixth Annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration: “Witnesses to Genocide: Armenian Oral History 90 Years Later”
Free and open to the community

Monday, March 21, 2005 ● 4:00 p.m.
University Center Room 104
Conversations with Witnesses: Eugene Pogany, author of In My Brother’s Image
Free for educators, Center members, and members of the Drew community

Saturday, February 26, 2005 ● 7:30 p.m. Pre-concert lecture ● 8:00 p.m. Concert
Concert Hall, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Summit Chorale: Holocaust Cantata
Open to the community:
Registration: General Admission $20, Seniors $18.

Fall 2004

Thursday, November 11, 2004 ● 9 a.m. program ● 12:45 p.m. performance Baldwin Gym, University Center Room 107
12th Annual Conference Commemorating Kristallnacht: The Diary as Witness: Victor Klemperer’s Unique Chronicle of the Decline and Ultimate Destruction of Jewish Life in Nazi Germany
Open to the community
Registration: $40 per person

Monday, October 18, 2004 ● 4:00 p.m.
University Center 104
Conversations with Witnesses:
Betty Grebenschikoff, author of Once My Name Was Sara
A fascinating personal account of the flight of a German-Jewish refugee to an unlikely haven in Shanghai, China during the Holocaust era
For educators, Center members and members of the Drew community

Tuesday, September 21, 2004 ● 7:30 p.m.
University Center Room 107
H.W. William Caming, Esq., former Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, Political Ministries Division (1946-49), speaking on “Bringing War Criminals to Justice: From Nuremberg to Saddam Hussein”
Free and open to the community

Tuesday, September 21, 2004 ● 6:00 p.m.
University Center Room 104
Supper Reception for Friends of the Center before Opening Event program
Invited guests only

Spring 2004

Monday, May, 3 2004 ● 4:00 p.m.
University Center Room 104
Conversations with Witnesses: Joseph Sebarenzi
Rwanda Genocide Survivor and former speaker of the Rwanda Parliament

Wednesday, April 28, 2004 ● 7:00 p.m.
University Center Room 107
Armenian Genocide Commemoration: “Ararat,” a film by Atom Egoyan
Speaker: Dr. Joyce Apsel, New York University
Free and open to the community

Wednesday, April 21, 2004 ● 10:00 a.m.
Baldwin Gymnasium
Yom Hashoah Commemoration: “SECRET LIVES: Hidden Children and their Rescuers during WWII”
Speakers: Film writers and co-producers Toby Perl and Aviva Slesin
Free and open to the community

Monday, March 1, 2004 ● 4:00 p.m.
University Center Room 104
Conversations with Witnesses: Dr. Sophia Richman
Author of A Wolf in the Attic: The Legacy of a Hidden Child of the Holocaust
For educators, Center members and members of the Drew community

Fall 2003

December 8, 2003 ● 4 p.m.
University Center Room 104
Conservations with Witnesses: H. William Caming, Esq.
Former Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, Political Ministries Division (1946-49).
For educators, Center members, and members of the Drew community

Thursday, November, 13, 2003 ● 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Baldwin Gymnasium
Eleventh Annual One Day Conference Commemorating Kristallnacht co-sponsored by The Hite Foundation: NUREMBERG: Seedbed of Holocaust Crimes/Emblem of Post Holocaust Justice and Responsibility.
Registration: $35 per person

Wednesday, November 12, 2003 ● 7 p.m.
Founders Room, Mead Hall
Dessert Reception in honor of Arno Hamburger, President Nuremberg Jewish Community, to benefit the Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study. Hosted by Lore and Eric Ross, newly appointed member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Registration: $50 per person

Monday, October 13, 2003 ● 4 p.m.
University Center Room 104
Conversations With Witnesses: A Second Generation View with Cheryl Pearl Sucher, author of The Rescue of Memory.
For educators, Center members and members of the Drew community

Monday, September 22, 2003 ● 7 p.m.
University Center 107
Women & Genocide Third Annual Lecture in conjunction with Drew University Women’s Studies Program: “Resilience and Courage: Women, Men and the Holocaust.”
Speaker: Nechama Tec
Free and open to the community

Spring 2003

Wednesday, April 30, 2003 ● 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Baldwin Gymnasium
Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration: Screening of “Children of the Third Reich.”
An emotionally stirring film that depicts the first meeting in Israel of children of Holocaust survivors, children of perpetrators, and children of bystanders.
Guest speaker: Dr. Daniel Bar-On, Professor of Post-Holocaust Psychological Studies,Ben Gurion University, Israel. Featured speaker from the film: U. Ingrid Schirrolz, daughter of bystanders.

Thursday, April 10, 2003 ● 7:00 p.m.
University Center Room 107
Peter Balakian, Professor of English at Colgate University
Author of Black Dog of Fate: An American Son Uncovers His Armenian Past, described as “a landmark chapter in the literature of witness;” also author of five books of poetry, including June-Tree: New and Selected Poems.

Monday, March 24, 2003 ● 4:00 p.m.
University Center Room 104
Conversation with Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz
“Secretary of Death” at Auschwitz-Birkenau; Singer at Secret Jazz Parties in Terezin (Thiersenstadt)
Co-sponsored by Drew University Hillel

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003 ● 4:00 PM
BC Korn Gallery
Conversation with Witnesses the Ukraine; and Clara Vinokur, survivor of the Ukraine and secretary of Babi Yar Memorial Park.
(CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER).

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 ● 7:00 PM
BC Korn Gallery
Children from the Abyss: a Film Produced by Steven Spielberg’s SHOAH Foundation
With commentary by Marina Temkina, Trainer for Spielberg’s SHOAH Visual History Project. A film about children and young people who survived the Holocaust in the area of the Former Soviet Union.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 ● 7:00 PM
BC Korn Gallery
The Massacre at Babi Yar/The Poem in Commemoration
Background presented by Dr. Carol Ueland, Drew University Professor of Russian
On September 29-30, 1941, more than 33,000 Jewish residents of Kiev were marched to the site of Babi Yar in the Soviet Union, where they were systematically gunned down over the edge of a ravine by members of the Einsatzgruppen.. Tonight’s program includes a bi-lingual recitation of Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s poem Babi Yar by Drew Students in the Russian Program.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003 ● 7:00 PM
BC Korn Gallery
Prelude to Catastrophe: the Pogroms as Precursors to the Final Tragedy of Russian Jewry
Presented by Dr. Allan Nadler, Director, Drew University Jewish Studies Program
The impact of the pogroms (state orchestrated assaults) on Jews and the gentile perception of them as victims. Also to be explored are Jewish responses: the creation of Jewish self-defense units and the beginnings of mass emigration (who left for America? for Palestine? who was left behind?). Finally, what was the impact on Jewish life in the post-pogrom, pre-Holocaust period?

Sunday, February 2, 2003
Korn Gallery.
Opening of Sharon Faulkner Photo Exhibit
Images of elderly Jewish Holocaust survivors – living in marginal circumstances – in the Ukraine and other areas of the Former Soviet Union. Brunch and talk by Sharon Faulkner in Mead Hall.
Proceeds to benefit the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and the Joint Distribution Committee.

Fall 2002

November 20, 2002 ● 7:30 pm
University Center Room 107
Violence Against Women in Conflict: Re-Defining Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity
Speaker: A. Widney Brown, acting NY Director of Asia Division & Advocacy Director of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch
Co-Sponsored with Drew University Women’s Studies Program

November 17, 2002 ● 2:30 pm
Founders Room, Mead Hall
Members Only Book Club meeting – The Nazi Officer’s Wife
Speakers: Professors Jacqueline Berke & Ann Saltzman
Open to Center Members of Sponsor Level ($100) or above

November 7, 2002 ● 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Baldwin Gym
Tenth Annual One-Day Conference: Moving Beyond Trauma: Insights from the Holocaust/Applications Today
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Sandra Bloom, Dr. Irit Felsen, Dr. William Helmreich

October 20, 2002 ● 1:30 pm
University Center Room 107
The Bialy Eaters: The Story of a Bread and a Lost World
Book discussion led by author/restaurant critic: Mimi Sheraton

September 30, 2002 ● 4:00 – 5:30 pm
University Center Room 104
Conversations with Witnesses: Ursula Pawel
Born in Germany to a Jewish father and Christian mother; survivor of Terezín, Auschwitz, and the Merzdorf Slave Labor Camp; author of My Child Is Back!

September 19, 2002 ● 7:30 pm
University Center Room 107
Values from the Holocaust: Origin of the Human Rights Movement
Speaker: Dr. Johannes (Hans) Morsink, Professor of Political Philosophy

Spring 2002

Monday, April 29, 2002 ● 4 – 5:30 P.M.
University Center Room 104
Conversations with Witnesses: Zo Rosenberg
Child of a Holocaust survivor and a Holocaust perpetrator

Sunday, April 21, 2002 ● 2 P.M.
Brothers College Chapel
Concert in Commemoration of the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide
Elizabeth Kalfayan with the Encore Trio

Sunday, April 14, 2002
Annual One-day Guided Trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

Tuesday, April 9, 2002 ● 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Baldwin Gymnasium
Yom HaShoah Commemoration: Film: “Daring to Resist”
A “rare portrait of three teenage girls fighting genocide, taking risks they never dreamed possible…despite losing their families to the Nazis, these young women chose resistance, rather than submission, and helped keep others alive.”
Speaker: Martha Goell Lubell, Producer/Director of the film

Monday, March 4, 2002 ● 7:00 p.m.
University Center Room 107
Conversations with Witnesses: Hans Massaquoi
Author of Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany

Sunday, Mar. 17, 2002 ● 3 pm
Learning Center Room 28
Zamir: Jewish Voices Return to Poland
The story of an American Jewish Choral group’s “musical tour” of cities in Eastern Europe.
Speaker: Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman, Professor of music and education, Gratz College; President of the Zamir Foundation

Sunday, Mar. 3, 2002 ● 3 pm
Learning Center Room 28
The Tenth Dancer
“A rare window on women’s lives in Cambodia….Under Pol Pot over 90% of the artists were killed…one in ten dancers survived. This is the story of the tenth dancer and her relationship with one pupil.”
Speaker: Dr. Eileen Blumenthal, Professor of Theater History & Criticism, Writer on Western & Asian Performing Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002 ● 3 p.m.
Learning Center Room 28
The Last Klezmer
The story of Leopold Kozlowski, “the last active Klezmer musician trained in the original, prewar tradition…he emerged from the experience [of the Holocaust] devoted to keeping alive his cultural heritage and Klezmer music.”
Speaker: Dr. Allan Nadler, Director Jewish Studies Program, Drew University

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002 ● 3 p.m.
Learning Center Room 28
Making A Killing
A “compelling detective story about one family’s 50 year quest to recover their missing art collection, set against a backdrop of murder, greed and corruption.”
Speaker: Dr. Lucille A. Roussin, Adjunct Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School; Founder & Director: Holocaust Restitution Claims Practicum

Fall 2001

Monday, Nov 19, 2001 ● 4:00 pm
University Center Room 104
Conversations With Witnesses
Jack & Ina Polak, authors of Steal A Pencil for Me, will describe how they met,
their subsequent love affair in Westerbork concentration camp, and their
clandestine exchange of love letters while in Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen.
Book will be available for purchase.
Open to Drew faculty, staff, students, Center Members, and Educators only.

Thursday, Nov 15, 2001 ● 7:00 pm
University Center Room 107
Lecture by Loung Ung
Child survivor of the Cambodian Genocide and author of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, will discuss her book and experiences.

Thursday, Nov 1, 2001 ● 8:30 a.m.
Baldwin Gym
Ninth Annual Conference Commemorating Kristallnacht
Expressing the Inexpressible: Art of the Holocaust
Keynote speaker: Dr. James E. Young author of The Uncanny Arts of Holocaust Memory. Other speakers include: Ann Weiss, Dr. Nelly S. Toll, Arie A. Galles, and Norman Kleeblatt.
Registration: $45.00 per person, $25.00 for Senior Citizens & non-Drew students.

Monday, Oct 22, 2001 ● 4:00 pm
University Center Room 104
Conversations With Witnesses: Johanna Reiss
A Dutch Hidden Child, author of award winning children’s book The Upstairs Room.

Sunday, Oct 21, 2001 ● 2:00 pm
JCC, West Orange
Bente Kahan Theater Performance
A musical monodrama about five Jewish women in Theresienstadt.
Co-sponsored by the Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study And the Holocaust Remembrance & Education Council of MetroWest
Registration: $14.00 Center & MetroWest Members/Students/Seniors; $18.00 General Public.

Wednesdays: Sept 12, Oct. 10, & Nov. 14 ● 1:00 pm
Wendel Room, Mead Hall
Writing Workshop
Leave-a-Legacy Writing Workshop for Holocaust Survivors, by invitation only.

Spring 2001

Monday, April 23 ● 7:00 pm
University Center Room 107
The Armenian Genocide: Art as Resistance in Countering Genocide Denial
By viewing the multi-media work of Armenian-American artist Robert Barsamian, this presentation will discuss the connections between the Armenian Genocide and the politics of denial and the importance of artistic representation and memory. Guest Speaker: Dr. Joyce Apsel, historian and attorney; founder and executive director of RightsWorks, a non-profit human rights educational project; vice-president of the Association of Genocide Scholars; teaches at New York University and Drew University Caspersen School of Graduate Studies: Politics of Denial, Fall 2000.

Tuesday, April 17 ● 10:00 am
Baldwin Gymnasium
Yom HaShoah Commemoration: The Extraordinary and Unprecedented Story of the Kindertransports.
Film: My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransport. Introduction and commentary by filmmaker Melissa Hacker, whose mother was in the Kindertransport; with testimonials from other invited members of the Kindertransport.

Tuesday, April 10 ● 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Wendel Room
Conversations with Witnesses
Speakers: William T. Kenny and Richard J. Tisch, members of the 42nd “Rainbow” Division, who participated in the liberation of Dachau on April 29, 1945. Excerpts from the video The Trail of the Rainbow will be shown.

Tuesday, April 3 ● 7:00 pm
Founders Room, Mead Hall
An Evening with Isabella
A dramatic reading by Isabella Leitner from her powerful and highly acclaimed memoir
Isabella: From Auschwitz to Freedom.
Co-sponsored by the Caspersen School of Graduate Study.

Sunday, February 25 ● 2:00pm
Brothers College Chapel
Celebration of the Life of Imre Farkass

Fall 2000

Wednesday, November 8, 2000 ● 9 AM – 5 PM
Baldwin Gym
Eighth Annual All-day Conference: “Uses and Abuses of Language in Holocaust/Genocide: Facing a Challenge Still With Us Today”
Registration: $35.00 in advance; $40.00 at the door.
No Charge to the Drew Community

Tuesday, October 3, 2000 ● 7-9:30 PM
University Center Room 107
The Triumph of Evil
Documentary Film on Rwanda indicting the United Nations, the United States, and other western countries for failing to recognize the Genocide going on before their very eyes.
Commentary by Dr. Douglas Simon, Professor of Political Science, Drew University

Tuesday, September 26, 2000 ●7-9:30 PM
University Center Room 107
A Visitor From the Living
Filmed interview with the International Red Cross official who was sent to evaluate Theresienstadt and who refused to acknowledge the “Big Lie” being perpetrated by the Nazis. Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann tries relentlessly to make him admit the truth.
Commentary by a representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross

Tuesday, September 19, 2000 ● 7-9:30 PM
University Center Room 107
The Führer Gives a City to the Jews
Nazi propaganda film about the “model concentration camp,” Theresienstadt, originally made to deceive Red Cross visitors and only recently re-assembled from fragments.
Commentary by Leopold Lowy, survivor of the camp and contributor to Vedem, the secret magazine created by the boys of Terezín (the original Czech name for what the Germans re-named Theresienstadt)

Spring 2000

Sunday, May 7, 2000
Drew Cabaret: Special Benefit for the Center for Holocaust Study

Wednesday, May 3, 2000
Location & Time TBA
Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Wednesday, April 5, 2000
Location & Time TBA
Annual Nozick Lecture: Dr. Hubert Locke
“Looking Toward the Future: Holocaust/Genocide Education in the 21st Century”

Sunday, March 26, 2000
Annual one-day field trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

Sunday – Tuesday, Mar. 13-15, 2000
Graduate School Colloquium: Irish Famine
Co-Sponsored by Drew University Graduate School and Center for Holocaust Study

Fall 1999

Mondays, November 15, 22, 29 and December 6, 1999
Wendell Room, Mead Hall
Leave-a-Legacy Writing Workshops for Survivors
Registration Limited

Thursday, November 4, 1999 ● 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Baldwin Gymnasium
Seventh Annual One-Day Conference: The American Experience of the Holocaust
Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Robert M. Morgenthau, District Attorney for New York County
Registration: $30 in advance; $35 at the door

Wednesday, November 3, 1999 ● 7:30 p.m.
Learning Center Room 28
Film: “From Swastika to Jim Crow” (1999)
A film about Jewish refugee scholars from Nazi Germany who served on the faculties of Black colleges in the southern U.S. Lori Cheatle, filmmaker, will lead a post-film discussion.

Thursday, October 28, 1999 ● 7:30 p.m.
University Center Room 107
A Reading: Memory & Mourning: Second Generation American Writers and the Literary Residue of the Holocaust
Novelists Thane Rosenbaum and Melvin Bukiet read from their latest works: Second Hand Smoke and Signs and Wonders.

Thursday, October 14, 1999 ● 6-9 p.m.
Baldwin Gym
Drew Interfaith Forum: “If Not Now, When? Religion, Reconciliation and the New Millennium”
Jewish, Christian and Muslim speakers; moderator Dr. Allan Nadler, Director of Drew’s Program in Jewish Studies.

Tuesday, September 28, 1999 ● 4 p.m. “Refugee Narratives” ● 7 p.m. “Kosovo Political Violence & the Refugee Experience”
University Center Room 107
Multi-Cultural Awareness Week

Wednesday, September 22, 1999 ● 7:30 p.m.
Learning Center Room 28
Film: Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass
A powerful and provocative psychodrama about one American family’s response to Kristallnacht, starring Mandy Patinkin and Elizabeth McGovern