Holocaust Commemoration

The Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont has scheduled some amazing events and speakers for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Click here to learn more about UVM's world renowned "Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies."

 

Events for the 2015 Fall Semester

 

"Casablanca," Hitler’s Refugees, and the Hollywood Screen

Time: Tuesday, October 6th - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338) 
Description: “Such Much?” Casablanca, Hitler’s Refugees, and the Hollywood Screen

This presentation by Professor Noah Isenberg serves as the keynote lecture for the conference "Exil und Shoah/ Exile and the Holocaust," which will continue on the UVM campus over the following two days..

 

Exil und Shoah / Exile and the Holocaust, Day One

Time: Wednesday, October 7th - 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Davis Center, Livak Ballroom 
Description: Conference: Exil und Shoah / Exile and the Holocaust

Conveners:
Bettina Bannasch (University of Augsburg) and Alan E. Steinweis (University of Vermont), in cooperation with Helga Schreckenberger (University of Vermont).

 

Schedule for Day One

9:30 am: Welcome and Introduction
Alan E. Steinweis, University of Vermont and Bettina Bannasch, University of Augsburg

10:00 am: Ein Exilant unter Exilanten. Raul Hilbergs frühe Jahre in den USA 1939-1961
René Schlott, Center for Research in Contemporary History, Potsdam

11:00 am: Write and Resist: Ernst Fraenkel and Franz Neumann on the Role of Natural Law in Fighting Nazi Tyranny
Douglas G. Morris, Federal Defenders of New York, Inc.

2:00 pm: Friedrich Pollock and the Rethinking of Anti-Semitism in American Exile, 1939-1945
Philipp Lenhard, University of Munich

3:00 pm: William G. Niederland und die Ursprünge des "Überlebenden-Syndroms"
Claudia Moisel, University of Munich

4:30 pm: “When the Facts about Auschwitz Came Through...” - Der traumatische Einbruch der Shoah ins Exil: von den ersten Berichten und Zeugnissen (1942/43) hin zum Versuch, Vernichtung in Sprache zu fassen
Primus-Heinz Kucher, University of Klagenfurt

5:30 pm: “Ungerettet gerettet”: die Shoah in der Exillyrik 
Helga Schreckenberger, University of Vermont

 

Exil und Shoah / Exile and the Holocaust, Day Two

Time: Thursday, October 8th - 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Davis Center, Livak Ballroom 
Description: Conference: Exil und Shoah / Exile and the Holocaust

Conveners:
Bettina Bannasch (University of Augsburg) and Alan E. Steinweis (University of Vermont), in cooperation with Helga Schreckenberger (University of Vermont).

 

Schedule for Day Two

9:30 am: “Wir sind absolut und ganz im Exil” – Exil als conditio humana in der Essayistik Margarete Susmans
Gerhild Rochus, University of Augsburg

10:30 am: Re-Interpretationen Shylocks. Alexander Granachs Briefe aus dem Exil Mona Körte, Center for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin

12:00 pm: Lion Feuchtwangers Deutung der nationalsozialistischen Judenverfolgung Sophia Dafinger, University of Augsburg

3:00 pm: Exilliteratur als Literatur des Überlebens: zum Beispiel Peter Weiss 
Doerte Bischoff, University of Hamburg

4:00 pm: “Der mit den sechs Millionen gestorben ist...” - Groteske Narrative der Verweigerung: Identität und Begrifflichkeiten des Exils am Beispiel Edgar Hilsenraths
Anna Zachmann, University of Augsburg

5:30 pm: Nirgendwo war Heimat (2012): Die Rezeption der Shoah in Stefanie Zweigs Exilromanen 
Natalie Eppelsheimer, Middlebury College

 

Mixed Marriages in Nazi Germany

Time: Friday, October 16th - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Old Mill, Jost Conference A500 
Description: Seminar with Maximilian Strnad, University of Munich

Most of the German Jews who were liberated in Spring 1945 were "intermarried" to non-Jewish spouses. Intermarriage provided many German Jews with the opportunity to survive the Holocaust, as their deportation was suspended until shortly before the end of war. The history of German Jews in the late stages of the Holocaust is, therefore, to a significant extent the history of the mixed marriages. This lecture will provide an overview of the very special situation of these intermarried Jews and their family members, the latter of whom were also persecuted because of their status as being closely related to Jews.

 

Marketing Berlin’s Past

Time: Tuesday, October 20th - 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Billings Library, North Lounge 
Description: "Ich bin auch ein Berliner - - Marketing a Heavy Past: Re-shaping Berlin’s Identity through Diversification," lecture by Andrea Mehrländer.

The talk reflects on how Berlin, chronically underfunded, has been dealing with the burdens of the past (World War II; a divided Berlin from 1961-1989) beyond the renowned Holocaust Memorial, making up for an overstretched budget with numerous small creative projects and by encouraging the city's ethnic groups to flourish and share their identities.

 

Jewish Refugees in Portugal, 1940-45

Time: Monday, November 2nd - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338) 
Description: The Annual Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture

Marion Kaplan, New York University

This talk will examine the difficult escapes of Jews from Central Europe and their sojourn in Portugal as they waited to sail onward. Many fled to France, but once the Germans invaded in June 1940, Jews joined the mass exodus towards Spain and Portugal. Their frightening odysseys from impending doom to fragile safety, their fearful wait in an oddly peaceful purgatory, and their grateful surprise at the reactions of Portuguese citizens linked up with more personal, private agonies.

 

Jews in Hiding in Poland and Germany during the Holocaust

Time: Thursday, November 12th - 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338) 
Description: Survival Underground: Jews in Hiding in Poland and Germany during the Holocaust

A mini-symposium featuring Natalia Aleksiun, Touro College, and Susanna Schrafstetter, University of Vermont