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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education

Dr. Amy Weiss
Annunciation Center - Main Floor

Phone: (973) 290-4351

27th Annual Week of Holocaust Remembrance

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education invites the campus community and public to participate in the 27th Annual Week of Remembrance. This week-long commemoration officially takes place November 6-9, 2017 and includes CSE's annual Kristallnacht commemoration, a documentary film screening and feedback session, and in-class faculty sessions. All programs are free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

Monday, November 6

2:30 – 3:35 p.m.

Holocaust Survivor Testimony
Guest Speaker: Norbert Bikales
Location: Henderson Hall 23
Sponsored by: Professor Maria Checton

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Eugenics, Propaganda, and Persons with Mental/Physical Disorders
Location: Annunciation Center 106
Sponsored by: Professor Christopher Linne

7:30 – 9:15 p.m.

27th Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Shandler, Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University
Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Maud Dahme, Past President of the New Jersey State Board of Education
Musical Performance: Ashrey Choir, Northern New Jersey Regional Jewish Teen Choir
Location: Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center
Sponsored by: Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education


Tuesday, November 7

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Cross the Line: Taking a Step Towards Ending Hatred
Location: Saint Joseph Hall Conference Room
Sponsored by: Clare Ettensohn, Campus Minister, and Jason Greenhouse, Assistant Director of Residence Life
This program is exclusively for CSE students.

4:15 – 6:00 p.m.

From Life to Death: The Role of Theatre in Post-Holocaust Healing
Guest Speaker: Dr. Lindsay Warren, Adjunct Lecturer at the College of New Jersey and history teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School
Sponsored by: Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education/Genocide Study
Location: Drew University, Learning Center, Room 28 (below the Rose Memorial Library)

After liberation, survivors in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons camps participated in a Yiddish theatre group called the Kazet Theatre. 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, rehearsing and performing both traditional Yiddish plays and new, original works, many of which incorporated Holocaust themes, the Kazet Theatre bridged survivors' memories and hopes for the future.

Wednesday, November 8

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Finding Justice After Genocide: Lessons from Rwanda's Gacaca Courts Through the Eyes of Survivors, Judges, and Perpetrators
Location: Dreyfuss Building, Room 105, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Sponsored by: Professor Jordan Nowotny

Eight years after the 1994 genocide, the Rwandan government attempted a grand experiment to find justice for the 800,000 Rwandan lives lost. From 2002 until 2012 almost two million genocide cases were tried in local community courts called gacaca. In 2012 and 2013, Jordan Nowotny traveled to Rwanda to discuss experiences and perspectives on the court's procedural fairness, accomplishments and legacies with survivors, judges, and perpetrators. In this presentation, Professor Nowotny will discuss and share Rwandan views on lessons learned from the Rwandan response to genocide.

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Hitler's Rise and Fall
Location: Santa Maria Hall 21
Sponsored by: Professor Nicole Yanoso

Using documentaries, we will look at how Hitler manipulated Germany and the world in his ascent to power. We will then discuss how he lost it all in 1945.

12:40 – 3:30 p.m.

Film Screening: Woman in Gold
Location: Annunciation Center 109
Sponsored by: Professor Laura Winters

Thursday, November 9

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Building Bridges of Tolerance in Children's Literature, K-6
Location: Annunciation Center 106
Led by: Christine Karl, Nicole Johanson, Jennifer Mele, Rebecca Taggart
Sponsored by: Dr. Deborah Tulloch

Selections of various children's literature will be shared and discussed as part of contemporary anti-bias curricula.

12:45 – 2:25 p.m.

Poetry from the Ashes: An Examination and Discussion of Poetic Voices of the Holocaust
Location: Santa Maria Hall 23
Sponsored by: Professor Margaret Roman

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Malnutrition During and After the Holocaust
Location: Henderson Hall 149
Sponsored by: Professor Christine Meissner

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