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Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) promotes academic research, education and public awareness on the Shoah, other genocides and current forms of mass violence. Your generous support is key to maintaining the important work of the Center, advancing the hightest quality of scholarship, programs, and educational resources.

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  • Student Opportunities

    CHGS guides and mentors undergraduate and graduate students by organizing courses and workshops, offering grants and fellowships and providing unique opportunities for interaction with leading experts in the field. To find out more click here.

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  • Professional and Educational Resources

    CHGS supports educators through interactive workshops and institutes, facilitated by leading experts of Holocaust and genocide education. CHGS's website offers a myriad of resources for teaching age appropriate lessons about the Holocaust and genocide. To learn more click here.

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  • HGMV Workshop, Thu April 16: Holocaust Commemoration in Turkey and Spain

    Thursday, April 16
    HGMV Workshop

    Yagmur Karakaya and Alejandro Baer:
    "Remembering to Forget? Holocaust Commemoration in Turkey and Spain"

    710 Social Sciences

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    As a consequence of diverse but converging transnational efforts many countries around the world have gradually introduced an annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, celebrated with a state-sponsored memorial ceremony. How do these transnational top-down politics of memory translate into the designated national settings? Does promoting public awareness and remembrance of the Holocaust affect societies' understandings, attitudes and responses towards past and current forms of mass violence and human rights violations? Preliminary findings of two case studies - Turkey and Spain- will be presented.

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  • Armenian Genocide Centennial | CHGS events in commemoration of the 100th anniversary, April 23-25

    Facebook image-2 copy.pngAs we approach the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Program and the Institute for Global Studies will be hosting three days of events to commemorate this centennial. The events will include the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Lecture featuring Professor Bedross Der Matossian, which is open to the public (April 23), a student conference, entitled "One Hundred Years of Genocide" (April 24), open to the public, and a K-16 teacher workshop (April 25).

    The objectives of these events are to promote public understanding of the genocide and the fates of those who lost their lives and those who escaped. The events will also analyze responses by the international community, and discuss the long-term implications for international policy and actions to prevent and respond to genocide.

    Thursday, April 23, 7:00pm
    Bedross Der Matossian, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    "The Armenian Genocide Historiography on the Eve of the Centennial: From Continuity to Contingency"

    Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Humphrey Forum
    open to the public

    Friday, April 24, 9:00am - 4:00pm
    100 Years of Genocide - Student Conference

    Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 25
    open to the public

    Saturday, April 25, 8:45am - 3:00pm
    World War I and the Armenian Genocide - Teacher Workshop

    1210 Heller Hall

    Events organized by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Human Rights Program, Institute for Global Studies, and Ohanessian Chair. Made possible by the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.

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  • Chinese Scholar to give talk April 13: "Jews in Modern China"

    Xu Xin (Nanjing University, China), "Jews in Modern China"
    Monday, April 13, 5:00pm
    3M Auditorium
    Carlson School of Management
    University of Minnesota
    Register here


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  • World-leading expert in Holocaust Art and Nazi art plundering to speak at the Weisman, April 14

    April 14, 7pm
    (light reception to precede talk, 6:15pm)
    Yehudit Shendar
    Retired Deputy Director and Senior Art Curator, Yad Vashem
    "The Insatiable Pursuit of Art: Nazi Art Looting -- Perpetrators, Victims, Provenance Researchers"
    Weisman Art Museum
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    In describing the plunder of art by the Third Reich in his book Nazi Looting, Gerald Aalders writes: "Never in history has a collection so great been amassed with so little scruple."

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