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  • Portraying Gus Gutman

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    Gustav “Gus” Gutman left Germany with his parents and grandmother in 1939, when he was four years old. His father had been imprisoned during Kristallnacht, a pogrom against Jews which took place on November 9-10, 1938 in Nazi Germany and Austria. During that time, Gus, his mother and grandmother were confined to their attic after Nazis took over the rest of their home. His father was released after promising that his family would leave Germany. They stayed with Gutman’s uncle in England while they awaited permission to go to the United States, eventually settling in Chicago. Gus later earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Roosevelt University and his master's degree from Loyola before taking a job at 3M in St. Paul. He and his wife, Greta, raised three children. A play Gus wrote about his experience, called “Guests of the City,” was produced in his hometown of Hildesheim in 2005; he played his father on stage in a theater where his parents had been season subscribers until Jews were banned. Gus passed away on January 11, 2014 at the age of 78. Show less
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  • Portraying Memories - Felix de la Concha Play all

    In February 2013, Felix de la Concha, a prominent Spanish artist, collaborated with CHGS to include Twin Cities Holocaust survivors in his latest portrait series, "Portraying Memories: Portraits and Conversations with Survivors of the Shoah."

    De la Concha painted portraits of survivors of the Shoah (Holocaust) from all over the world. While posing, his subjects talked about their lives and shared their testimonies of survival. These sessions were recorded and depict the portrait's transformation from a blank canvas to the finished piece, providing the viewer with a powerful and emotionally charged, multidimensional representation of the encounter with his sitters.

    Eight local survivors participated in the project: their portraits and testimony appear on the CHGS YouTube channel along with the 31 other survivors who sat with Felix between 2007 and 2013. The entire project can be viewed by clicking the link below:

    http://www.chgs.umn.edu/museum/memorials/bosnia/index.html
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  • International Symposium: "Contested Past, Contested Present: Social Memories and Human Rights in Post-Communist Europe" Play all

    An international symposium on "Contested Past, Contested Present: Social Memories and Human Rights in Post-Communist Europe" took place at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities on March 4-6. It was organized by the IAS Collaborative "Reframing Mass Violence", and sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, among other supporters.

    Overall, the event foregrounded issues of how long a transition lasts, what are ways contested pasts are conceptualized and dealt with, legally, commemoratively, and artistically, and how memories can be and are at times used for political purposes. The symposium also highlighted a need to balance contested memories, interpretations of the past with long-term policies that are not merely cosmetic and mechanistic, but often demand a true reevaluation of a country's history. However, this demands interest and a willingness to do so by the communities in the states themselves. Arguably, the race for EU accession and externally shaped Transitional Justice policies may have resulted in speedy formal establishment of institutions to this effect, but equally seems to have in some instances created a space for hegemonic and reductionist narratives to take hold.
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  • International Colloquium: Bystanders, Rescuers or Perpetrators? The Neutrals and the Shoah Play all

    This conference covered the current state of the discussion regarding the neutral countries' policies and reactions to Nazi anti-Jewish policies and Jewish refugees. Topics addressed were the genesis and long-lasting effects of rescue myths, approaches to Holocaust education in neutral countries and Holocaust memory politics in neutral countries.
    Centro Sefarad-Israel,Madrid, Spain
    November 24-26, 2014
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  • Genocide and its Aftermaths: Lessons from Rwanda Play all

    On April 16, 17 & 19, the Institute for Global Studies, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Human Rights Program held a series of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide that took the lives of an estimated 500,000-1,000,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The events included a public conference, a student conference, and a K-16 teacher workshop. The objectives of the commemorative events were: promoting public understanding of what happened in Rwanda, discussing the immediate responses of the international community to the violence, and analyzing the long-term consequences that the cataclysmic failure to prevent the genocide had on international policy and action.

    The public conference, Genocide and its Aftermath: Lessons from Rwanda, was designed to bring together research and praxis. Academics, activists and diplomats led a public exploration of what we have learned from the genocide in Rwanda and how we have been affected by, and should use, that knowledge to create more effective methods of intervention. Themes of the panels included: representations of atrocity, immediate aftermaths, transitional justice and its impacts, and preventing genocide and mass atrocity.
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  • Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe Play all

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

    Conveners: Alejandro Baer Sociology, Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies (CLA); Joachim Savelsberg, Sociology (CLA); Kathryn Sikkink, Political Science (CLA); Barbara Frey, Human Rights Program (CLA).
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  • Anti-Semitism Then and Now Play all

    Is there a new antisemitism? A growing body of reports and research centers claim that a new strain of antisemitism is sweeping the globe. Five renowned scholars in the field of antisemitism studies will discuss historic antisemitism, its long term after effects and contemporary manifestations in Europe and the US.

    Convened by Alejandro Baer, Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Klaas van der Sanden, Interim Director, Center of Austrian Studies.

    Sponsored by: the Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Austrian Studies, the Institute for Global Studies, European Studies Consortium, German and European Studies Center, and the Jewish Community Relations Council
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  • Representing Genocide: Media, Law, and Scholarship Play all

    The symposium addressed journalistic, judicial and social scientific depictions of atrocities with a focus on cases of the Holocaust, Darfur, and Rwanda. It explored the intersections between these different discursive fields and case studies to shed light on the increasing tension between the local and global representations and memories of mass murder.
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  • Badzin Lecture Series

    The Bernard and Fern Badzin Lecture Series presents nationally and internationally recognized speakers on issues related to the Holocaust and other genocides.
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  • CHGS Lectures Play all

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  • Ohanessian Chair Lecture Play all

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