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Fall 2017

 

 

October 24, 2017

Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture: Recent Holocaust Scholarhsip in Light of the Work of Raul Hilberg, Dan Michman, Yad Vashem

Waterman Bldg 338 (Memorial Lounge) 7:00-9:00pm

“Getting it Right, Getting it Wrong: Recent Holocaust Scholarship in Light of the Work of Raul Hilberg”

Speaker: Dan Michman, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

In this lecture, Professor Michman will reflect on Raul Hilberg's two basic conceptualizations of the Holocaust and its protagonists, and how these might be better understood in view of Michman’s own research on a number of aspects of Holocaust history, e.g, ghettos, Jewish Councils, religious life, and economic persecution. In addition, Michman will examine how some important dimensions of Hilberg’s work, including that about the early phase of Nazi anti-Jewish policy and about the German railroad during the war, have been ignored by scholars such as Timothy Snyder, Mark Mazower, and Donald Bloxham, leading them to miss essential aspects of the Holocaust.

Dan Michman is Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studiesat Yad Vashem. He is also Emeritus Professor of Modern Jewish History, Chair of the Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research and Incumbent of the Abraham and Edita Spiegel Family Chair in Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University. He was born in Amsterdam in 1947 and came to Israel as a child in 1957, when his father, Joseph Michman (then: Melkman) was appointed General Director of Yad Vashem. After his military service, he studied Jewish history and Hebrew linguistics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he earned his doctorate in 1978 by writing a dissertation on “Jewish Refugees from Germany in The Netherlands, 1933–1940.” In 1976 he joined the faculty of the Department of Jewish History at Bar-Ilan University, teaching and researching in the field of modern Jewish history in general and in the Shoah in particular. During the 1980s, he also devised a comprehensive academic course on Shoah history for the Open University of Israel, which was translated later into Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian. Professor Michman has published numerous books and articles in a variety of languages on the history of Dutch and Belgian Jewry, Israeli society, and mostly on various aspects of the Shoah—historiography, ghettos, Jewish Councils, and Jewish leadership, Jewish religious life, problems of Jewish refugees and migration, resistance, Western Europe, the survivors, the impact of the Shoah on Israeli society and religious Jewry, and more. Professor Michman has been involved with Yad Vashem’s scholarly and educational activities since the early 1980s, is on the editorial board of Yad Vashem Studies since the mid 1990s, and served as Chief Historian from 2000 to 2011. He is a member of editorial boards of several scholarly journals and of academic boards of institutionsin Israel and abroad.

The annual Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture is supported by a generous gift from Jerold D. Jacobson, Esquire, of New York CIty, UVM Class of 1962, and his wife Gertraude Holle-Suppa.

 

October 19, 2017

An Evening with Art Spiegelman

Music Bldg - A200 Recital Hall 7:00-9:00pm

Directions to the UVM Recital Hall and information about parking can be found at the following link:

https://www.uvm.edu/laneseries/directions_and_parking

Free and Open to the Public

No Advance Registration Necessary

Please join us October 19, 2017 for an evening of conversation with legendary cartoonist, Art Spiegelman. In an onstage interview and presentation, Spiegelman will discuss his extensive body of work, including his award winning graphic novel Maus, and share his perspectives on the history of comics and use of comics in non-fiction storytelling. The event will conclude with an audience question and answer session.

Signed copies of Spiegelman's books Co-Mix: ARetrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, Breakdown and Si Lewen's Parade will be available for purchase.

Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus—which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content. In his lecture, “What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?” Spiegelman takes his audience on a chronological tour of the evolution of comics, all the while explaining the value of this medium and why it should not be ignored. He believes that in our post-literate culture the importance of the comic is on the rise, for “comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not in holograms, and people thinkin bursts of language, not in paragraphs.”

Having rejected his father’s aspirations for him to become a dentist, Art Spiegelman studied cartooning in high school and began drawing professionally at age 15. He went on to study art and philosophy at Harpur College before becoming part of the underground comix subculture of the 60s and 70s. As creative consultant for Topps Bubble Gum Co. from 1965-1987, Spiegelman created Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids and other novelty items, and taught history and aesthetics of comics at the School for Visual Arts in New York from 1979-1986. In 2007 he was a Heyman Fellow of the Humanities at Columbia University where he taught a Masters of the Comics seminar. In 1980, Spiegelman founded RAW, the acclaimed avant-garde comics magazine, with his wife, Françoise Mouly—Maus was originally serialized in the pages of RAW. Before being published by Pantheon, who have published many of his subsequent works including an illustrated version of the 1928 lost classic, The Wild Party, by Joseph Moncure March.

Sponsored by the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, the Department of German and Russian, and the Jewish Studies Program

Supported by the Richard Ader/Paul Konigsberg Endowment for the UVM Center for Holocaust Studies

Presented in Cooperation with the Vermont Folklife Center’s Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium

October 18, 2017

Conference: Raul Hilberg und die Holocaust-Historiographie

Berlin, Germany 12:00pm to 12:00 pm

International Conference
Raul Hilberg und die Holocaust-Historiographie

Berlin, Germany, October 18-20, 2017

The main language of this conference will be German

Sponsored by the Center for Research in Contemporary History(ZZF), Potsdam, Germany, with financial support from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn.

Co-Sponsors:
Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, University of Vermont
Fritz Bauer Institute, Frankfurt
Jena Center for 20th Century History
Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, USHMM, Washington
Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ), Munich

Information at the ZZF website:

http://zzf-potsdam.de/de/veranstaltungen/raul-hilberg-die-holocaust-historiographie-eine-tagung-aus-anlass-seines-10

The conference is open to the public, but advance registration is required. Please direct any questions to the organizer of the conference, Dr.Rene Schlott of the Center for Research in Contemporary History, Potsdam, Germany: schlott@zzf-pdm.de

 

Spring 2017

 

April 25, 2017

From Humanitarian Reelief to Holocaust Rescue: Tracy STrong Jr., The Vichy Internment Camps, and LeChambon, lecture by Christopher R. Browning, UNC-Chapil Hill

Venue TBA 7:00-9:00pm

From Humanitarian Relief to Holocaust Rescue: Tracy Strong Jr., the Vichy Internment Camps, and Le Chambon

Lecture by Christopher R. Browning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Venue and details TBA

This lecture will honor the retirement of Francis R. Nicosia from UVM

Supported by the Richard Ader/Paul Konigsberg Endowment for the UVM Center for Holocaust Studies

 

April 23, 2017

Film and Discussion: Lost Town

Lafayette L207 4:00-7:00pm

In observance of Holocaust Memorial Day, a screening of the documentary film “Lost Town,” featuring a Q&A with Avrom Bendavid-Val, author of ”The Lost Town Book” and central figure in the film. 

'Lost Town' tells the story of one man's obsessive search to get closer to his deceased father by uncovering the story of his family's town of Trochenbrod. First made famous by Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Everything Is Illuminated', Trochenbrod was the only all-Jewish town to ever exist outside of Palestine. Trochenbrod's 5000 Jews were obliterated by the Nazis, except for 33 townspeople who escaped the massacre there. This personal search triggers a resurgence of interest in the town and reconnects the few remaining survivors who hadn't seen each other in over 60 years. “Lost Town” utilizes contemporary documentary footage, original animation, and survivor testimonials to tell the story of how far one will go to claim their sense of identity.
For more on the film, please visit follow the following link:
http://www.7thart.com/films/Lost-Town

Supported by the Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professorship in Holocaust Studies

 

April 12, 2017

Jewish Religious Response to the Holocaust, Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture by Richard Sugarman, University of Vermont

Waterman Bldg 338 (Memorial Lounge) 7:30-9:30 pm

Jewish Religious Responses to the Holocaust, Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture by Richard Sugarman, University of Vermont

This lecture will explore some of the ways that religious Jewish life was affected and responded to during the time of the Holocaust. There is a specific literature dealing with rabbinic responses to urgent questions that were asked at the time. Raul Hilberg found this to be among the most difficult and emotionally disturbing genres of Holocaust literature. This literature is quite spare in English translation. It features questions that were asked in the Kovno ghetto to which Rav Ephraim Oshry responded. The overall theme of this questioning concerned what was permissible and not permissible under such dire and often unprecedented circumstances. When was it possibleto “endanger oneself to save another”? May a person save himself by causing the death of a fellow Jew? The implications ranged from what the Jewish counsel was allowed to do when it had a finite number of “exemptioncards that would permit someone to survive for a while longer while working as a slave laborer.” This question was radicalized in Auschwitz whereRav Tzvi Hirsch Meisels was asked by a Jewish father if he was allowed tosave the life of his own son if he knew that this would lead to the deathof another Jewish boy? Rabbi Oshry and Meisels were the two best known surviving Jewish legal authorities to survive the war and to come to America. What these kinds of questions highlight is a level of conscience that arose from Jewish religious sources. This does not mean that the responses given were meant to go beyond the situations in which they arose.

The victims also looked to religious authorities for guidance before, during, and after the war. The question concerning the Warsaw ghetto uprising, which began on the first night of Passover 1943, involved violent resistance. One of the leading remaining sages in Warsaw, Rav Menachem Ziemba’s, affirmative response to the uprising may well have made it possible for the remaining inhabitants to wage their militant fight whose outcome for most was not uncertain. What was required of Jews who had even limited resources to rescue their endangered brothers and sisters? This was a questionthat Rabbi Michael Dov Ber Weissmandel asked, and to which he responded, for the last remaining active Yeshiva in Slovakia and all of Europe. It was Rabbit Weissmandel who was personally responsible, along with the Slovakian working group, for postponing the deportations to the death camps from Slovakia for two years.

The more one learns about the Holocaust, the more responsible one is for transmitting its lessons. What are the moral and religious lessons that apply in our time?

 

 


April 5, 2017

Lecture by Richard Wolin, CUNY Graduate Center

Martin Heidegger and the Far Right in Contemporary Europe, lecture by Richard Wolin,

Waterman Bldg 338 (Memorial Lounge)

Throughout contemporary Europe, far right parties are threatening to tip the political balance from democracy to new forms of autocracy. Among the intellectuals who have nurtured the ideology underlying the new political authoritarianism, the German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s doctrines and ideas have played a central role. These linkages are especially disturbing in light of the recent publication of Heidegger’s Black Notebooks, which demonstrate his unstinting support for National Socialism and its agenda of genocidal imperialism. 

Richard Wolin is Distinguished Professor of History, Political Science and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Among his books are: Heidegger’s Children: Hannah Arendt, Karl Löwith, Hans Jonas, and Herbert MarcuseThe Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism, and The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural Revolution and the Legacy of the 1960s, which was listed by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2012. He frequently writes on intellectual and political topics for the New Republic, The Nation, and Dissent.

Supported by the Richard Ader/Paul Konigsberg Endowment for the UVM Center for Holocaust Studies.


 

Fall 2016

 

November 14, 2016

The Annual Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture

Out of the Limelight or In: Raul Hilberg and the Future of Holocaust Studies

Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338)

The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture is made possible through a generous gift from Jerold D. Jacobson, Esquire, of New York CIty, UVM Class of 1962, and his wife Gertraude Holle-Suppa.

 

October 26, 2016

The Voyage of the St. Louis and American "Refugee" Policy

Lecture by Paul Vincent, Keene State College

Old Mill, John Dewey Lounge (Room 325)

Supported by the Henry and Lili Altschuler Endowment

 

October 15, 2016

Concert: Guy Mendilow Ensemble

UVM Recital Hall

Supported by the Kinsler Endowment for Holocaust Studies at UVM

 

September 18, 2016

Symposium: Psychiatry in the Third Reich

Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338)

Sponsors: UVM Miller Center for Holocaust Studies
The Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professorship in Holocaust Studies
UVM College of Arts and Sciences
UVM College of Medicine
Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families
UVM Department of Psychiatry
Howard Center

Conveners:
G. Scott Waterman, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, UVM College of Medicine
Alan E. Steinweis, Professor of History and Miller Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies, UVM

Speakers:
Sheila Faith Weiss, Clarkson University
Volker Roelcke, University of Giessen
Robert Althoff, University of Vermont
James Hudziak, University of Vermont
Peter Zachar, Auburn University Montgomery
John Sadler, University of Texas Southwestern

 

Spring 2016

 

May 15, 2016

Film: Samuel Bak: The Art of Speaking about the Unspeakable

Fleming Museum

 

May 3, 2016

The Pink Triangle: LGBTQ People and the Holocaust

UVM Hillel, 80 Colchester Avenue

 

May 2, 2016

German Attitudes toward the Holocaust: A Personal View

OZ Synagogue, Burlington

This event is sponsored by Ohavi Zeek Synagogue 188 N. Prospect Street, Burlington

David Scrase
Former Director, UVM Center for Holocaust Studies

 

April 18, 2016

Raul Hilberg and the Beginnings of Holocaust Scholarship

Lecture by Magnus Brechtken, Inst for Contemporary History, Munich

Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338)

 

April 17, 2016

Film: Samuel Bak: Painter of Questions

Film screening in connection with the ongoing exhibition “Samuel Bak: Survival and Memory"

Fleming Museum

 

April 6, 2016

Holocaust Survivor as Master Artist: Samuel Bak's Images of the Past and Present

Lecture by Jeffrey Diefendorf, University of New Hampshire

Sponsored by the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies and the Fleming Museum, co-sponsored by the Russian and East European Studies Program.

Fleming Museum

 

March 28, 2016

The Phantom Holocaust of Soviet Cinema

Lecture by Olga Gershenson, Univ of Mass, Amherst

Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338

 

March 20, 2016

Film: Samuel Bak: The Art of Speaking about the Unspeakable

Fleming Museum

Visit the Fleming Museum website for details

 

March 17, 2016

Children in Terezín, lunchtime talk by Anna Hajkova, Univ of Warwick

OZ Synagogue, 188 N. Prospect Street, Burlington

Anna Hajkova's talk is sponsored by the Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professorship of Holocaust Studies at UVM.

 

March 16, 2016

A Children’s Opera in the Holocaust: Staging Brundibár

Anna Hajkova, University of Warwick, UK

Sponsored by the Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professorship of Holocaust Studies

 

March 28, 2016

The Phantom Holocaust of Soviet Cinema

Olga Gershenson, Univ of Mass, Amherst

Underwritten by the Henry and Lili Altschuler Endowment Co-sponsored by the Russian and East European Studies Program

 

April 6, 2016

Holocaust Survivor as Master Artist: Samuel Bak's Images of the Past and Present

Jeffrey Diefendorf, University of New Hampshire

Sponsored by the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies and the Fleming Museum Co-sponsored by the Russian and East European Studies Program

 

April 18, 2016

Raul Hilberg and the Beginnings of Holocaust Scholarship

Lecture by Magnus Brechtken, Institute for Contemporary History, Munich

Sponsored by the Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professorship of Holocaust Studies

 

Fall 2015

October 6, 2015

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

Noah Isenberg, The New School

Underwritten by the Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professorship for Holocaust Studies Fund and Miller Endowment

 

October 7-8, 2015

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lion Feuchtwangers Deutung der nationalsozialistischen Judenverfolgung
Sophia Dafinger, University of Augsburg

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

“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

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

Underwritten by the Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professorship of Holocaust Studies at UVM.

October 16, 2015

Mixed Marriages in Nazi Germany

Maximilian Strnad, University of Munich

Underwritten by The Richard Ader/Paul Konigsberg Endowment for the UVM Center for Holocaust Studies

 

November 2, 2015

The Annual Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture

Jewish Refugees in Portugal, 1940-45

Marion Kaplan, New York University

The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture is made possible through a generous gift from Jerold D. Jacobson, Esquire, of New York City, UVM Class of 1962

 

November 12, 2015

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

Underwritten by the Kinsler Endowment for Holocaust Studies at UVM

Co-sponsored by the Russian and East European Studies Program

 

Spring 2015

 

Monday, March 9, 2015

On the Margins of the Holocaust: Hunting Down the Jews in Poland

Jan Grabowski, University of Ottawa

Underwritten by the Altschuler Endowment for Holocaust Studies.
Co-sponsored by the UVM Russian and East European Program.

 

Monday,  March 30, 2015

Annual Harry H. Kahn Memorial Lecture:

Forgetting and Remembering the Nazi Past in Munich: Observations from Up Close

Alan E. Steinweis, University of Vermont

Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian

 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Story Behind the Sandcastle Girls: The Centennial of the Slaughter You Know Next to Nothing About 

Chris Bohjalian

Sponsored by the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies and the Middle East Studies Program.

 

April 14, 2015

Annual Yom Hashoah Lecture

Grief: A History of the World’s First Holocaust Liberation Photograph

David Shneer, University of Colorado

Underwritten by the Richard Ader/Paul Konigsberg Endowment for the UVM Center for Holocaust Studies

 

April 18-19, 2015

The Seventh Miller Symposium

Responses in the Middle East to National Socialism and the Holocaust, 1933-1945

Contemporary Reactions in the Middle East to Nazism and the Holocaust: Scholarship and the "War of Narratives"
Gilbert Achcar, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Get out of Mosul, Hajj Amin: Iraqi Elites, Iraqi Jews, and Nazism
Orit Bashkin, University of Chicago

Demon and Heretic: Intellectual Representations of Hitler and Nazism in the Egyptian Public Sphere, 1938-1945”
Israel Gershoni, Tel Aviv University

Rescue or Rejection: Facts and Myths about Turkey and the Holocaust
Corry Guttstadt, University of Hamburg

Defining the Nation and its Other: Discussing Nazi Ideology in Syria and Lebanon during the 1930s
Götz Nordbruch, Georg Eckert Institut-Leibnitz Institut, Braunschweig

The Persecution of the Jews in Germany in Egyptian and Palestinian Public Discourses: A Comparative Perspective
Esther Webman, Tel Aviv University

Underwritten by the Carolyn and Leonard Miller Distinguished Professorship for Holocaust Studies, and co-sponsored by the UVM Middle East Studies Program.

 

April 20, 2015

Symposium

Nazi Looting, the Monuments Men, and Art Restitution Today

Nazi-Era Looting and Restitution: The Saga Continues
Dr. Sharon Flescher, Executive Director, International Foundation for Art Research, New York

From Art Historian to Art Sleuth: Conducting Nazi-era Provenance Research at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Dr. Victoria Reed, Sadler Curator for Provenance Research, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Five Uncomfortable and Difficult Topics Relating to the Restitution of Nazi Looted Art
Prof. Jonathan Petropoulos, John V. Croul Professor of European History, Claremont McKenna College

Symposium organizers: Anthony Grudin and Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio (both of the UVM Department of Art and Art History

Sponsored by: Department of Art and Art History, UVM Humanities Center, the Robert Hull Fleming Museum, and the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies.

 

Fall 2014

September 15, 2014

The German Resistance to Hitler and the Persecution of the Jews

Peter Hoffmann, McGill University

Underwritten by the Kinsler Holocaust Endowment Fund

 

October 27, 2014

The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture

The Nazis, Their Wars, and the Fate of the Jews 1938-1945

David Cesarani, Royal Holloway, University of London

Underwritten by the Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professorship of Holocaust Studies Fund

 

November 3, 2014

Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

Wendy Lower, Claremont McKenna College

Underwritten by the Richard Ader/Paul Konigsberg Endowment for the UVM Center for Holocaust Studies

 

November 13, 2014

African Claims After Genocide and German Memory Politics

Reinhart Koessler, Director, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, University of Freiburg

Underwritten by The Leonard & Carolyn Miller Holocaust Studies Endowment

Spring 2014

March 31, 2014

Recent Trends in Holocaust Research in Italy

Franklin H. Adler, Macalester College

 

April 7, 2014

On the Peripheries of the Holocaust: Killings and Pillage of Jews by their Neighbors in Occupied Poland

Jan T. Gross, Princeton University

Underwritten by the Ader/Konigsberg Endowment for Holocaust Studies at UVM

 

April 28, 2014

Yom Hashoah Lecture

Religion, Race and Emotion: The Aryan Jesus in Nazi Germany

Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College

Underwritten by the Henry and Lili Altschuler Endowment at UVM

 

May 21-24, 2014

Silence after Violence

Conference at the University of Free State, South Africa, co-sponsored by the UVM Miller Center for Holocaust Studies

 

Fall 2013

September 30 - October 2, 2013

Conference held at the Center for Research in Contemporary History (ZZF), Potsdam, Germany

German Society under National Socialism: Viewpoints and Perspectives

(Die deutsche Gesellschaft im Nationalsozialismus. Forschungspositionen und -perspektiven)

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research in Contemporary History (ZZF), Potsdam and the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont.

Organizers: Winfried Süß (Potsdam), Rüdiger Hachtmann (Potsdam), Thomas Schaarschmidt (Potsdam), Alan E. Steinweis (Vermont).

Conference Program (PDF), Feature about the Conference (in German), Conference Report (in German)

 

October 8, 2013

Zionist Responses to Nazism in the Jewish Community in Palestine

Mark Gelber, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel

 

October 28, 2013

The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First News of the Holocaust

Richard Breitman, American University

The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture is made possible through a generous gift from Jerold D. Jacobson, Esquire, of New York City, UVM Class of 1962

 

November 5, 2013

Richard Wagner in the Third Reich

Pamela Potter, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Summer 2013

July 11-13, 2013

Conference held at the Jena Center for 20th Century History, University of Jena, Germany

Ethnic Minorities and Holocaust Memory: A Global Perspective

Co-sponsored by the Jena Center for 20th Century History, the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont, the Chair for Transatlantic Cultural History at the University of Augsburg, and the European Network for Contemporary History (EURHISTXX).

Organizers: Norbert Frei (Jena), Jacob Eder (Jena), Philipp Gassert (Augsburg), Alan E. Steinweis (Vermont).

Link here to flyer and full program for the conference

 

Spring 2013

February 22, 2013

Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf: Toward a Scholarly Edition

Edith Raim, Institute for Contemporary History, Munich

 

March 18, 2013

The Memory of War and Atrocity in Contemporary French Politics

John Flower, University of Kent at Canterbury

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages

 

March 22, 2013

German Intelligence and the Holocaust

Katrin Paehler, Illinois State University

 

April 8, 2013

Yom Hashoah Lecture

Photography, Jews, and the Holocaust: The Eclipse of a Field

Michael Berkowitz, University College London

Underwritten by the Henry and Lili Altschuler Endowment

 

April 15, 2013

The Annual Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture

German Churches and the Holocaust: Assessing the Argument for Complicity

Robert P. Ericksen, Pacific Lutheran University

The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture is made possible through a generous gift from Jerold D. Jacobson, Esquire, of New York City, UVM Class of 1962

 

April 23, 2013

The 24th Harry H. Kahn Memorial Lecture

Christine Becker

"When Suddenly Tomorrow Is Another Day." German-Jewish Writer Jurek Becker: His Life and Literary Legacy

Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian

 

 

Fall 2012

September 14, 2012

Laughter and Amusement in Confinement: Jewish Culture in the Westerbork Nazi Transit Camp in Holland, 1942-44

David Barnouw, Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam

Lecture in honor of Cecelia Dry upon her retirement from UVM, with financial support from the employees of UVM Student Financial Services

 

October 17, 2012

Vichy and the Holocaust: New Perspectives on History and Memory

Henry Rousso, Institut d'histoire du temps présent, Paris

Underwritten by the Ader/Konigsberg Endowment for Holocaust Studies at UVM

Co-sponsored by the Department of History, UVM

November 16, 2012

Recent Trends in Holocaust Research in the Netherlands

David Barnouw, Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies (NIOD), Amsterdam (Fall 2012: Visiting Professor at the University of Vermont)

 

Spring 2012

January 4-5, 2012

Conference held on the campus of the University of Haifa, Israel

Global Holocaust? Memories of the Destruction of the European Jews in Global Context (II)

Co-Organized by the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont, the Chair for Transatlantic Cultural History at the University of Augsburg, the Bucerius Institute for Contemporary German History and Society at the University of Haifa, and the Center for German and European Studies at the University of Haifa.

Download Conference Program (PDF)

Download Conference Summary (PDF) -- in German

 

April 2, 2012

The Harry H. Kahn Memorial Lecture

Primo Levi, Tadeusz Borowski, and the Historical Auschwitz

Jonathan Huener, University of Vermont

Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian

 

April 4, 2012

Grounds for Murder: The Local Participation of The German Army in the Holocaust

Waitman W. Beorn, Loyola University, New Orleans

Organized in cooperation with Army ROTC at UVM, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

 

April 18-19, 2012

Yom HaShoah Observance: Three Events Featuring Henry Greenspan

Invisible Audiences: "Performing" a Play in Theresienstadt

How Survivors Became Fashionable: Holocaust Survivors in the American Imagination

Remnants

Underwritten by the Ader/Konigsberg Endowment for Holocaust Studies at UVM, and co-sponsored by Temple Sinai, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Ahavath Gerim Synagogue, UVM Hillel

 

April 22, 2012

The Sixth Miller Symposium

The German People and the Persecution of the Jews

Richard S. Levy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Frank Bajohr, Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte, Hamburg

Peter Fritzsche, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Wolf Gruner, University of Southern California

Atina Grossmann, Cooper Union

Doris Bergen, University of Toronto

 

Fall 2011

October 10, 17, and 24, 2011

Perpetrators and Victims: Reassessing the "Final Solution"

Three lectures by Christopher R. Browning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Adolf Hitler and the Decisions for the Final Solution

Revisiting the Holocaust Perpetrators: Why Did They Kill? (The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture)

Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony: The Case of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps

Underwritten by the Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professorship in Holocaust Studies

The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture is made possible through a generous gift from Jerold D. Jacobson, Esquire, of New York City, UVM Class of 1962.

 

October 28, 2011

"Holocaust Angst": The Federal Republic of Germany and Holocaust Memory in the United States

Jacob S. Eder, University of Pennsylvania

Underwritten by the Henry and Lili Altschuler Endowment

 

November 3, 2011

The Jews of Montreal: A Community in Transition

Pierre Anctil, University of Ottawa

Underwritten by the Kinsler Endowment for Holocaust Studies at UVM

Co-Sponsored by the UVM Canadian Studies Program

 

Summer 2011

June 10-11, 2011

Conference held on the campus of the University of Augsburg, Germany

Global Holocaust? Memories of the Destruction of the European Jews in Global Context

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Co-Organized by the Chair for Transatlantic Cultural History at the University of Augsburg and the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont, with financial support from the Foundation for German-American Academic Relations (SDAW)

 

Spring 2011

 

February 24, 2011

Lecture held at the Vermont Law School

Judging Auschwitz: Murder, Genocide, and the Challenges of Legal Interpretation

Devin Pendas, Boston College

Co-sponsored by the Vermont Law School

 

March 16, 2011

Avant-Garde and Anti-Judaism in the Romantic Age: The Case of Ferdinand Olivier’s "Family Tree of Neo-German Art" (1823)

Cordula Grewe, Columbia University

Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian and the European Studies Program

 

March 17, 22, and 24, 2011

The Long Shadow of the Nazi Perpetrator over 20th-Century German Art

Three Lectures by Paul B. Jaskot, DePaul University

The Nazi Party’s Strategic Use of Art History and Antisemitism in the Weimar Republic: The Case of Heinrich Wölfflin

The Importance of the Perpetrator in Postwar Germany: Gerhard Richter and the Banality of the Nazi Past in Art

The Fear of the Perpetrator in a Nazi Present: Libeskind’s Jewish Museum and its Transformation after Reunification

Underwritten by the Leonard and Carolyn Miller Visiting Distinguished Professorship in Holocaust Studies

 

March 25, 2011

Interrogating the Map, Visualizing the Archive: Analyzing the Spaces and Buildings of Auschwitz

A Roundtable Discussion

  • Chester Harvey, Middlebury College

  • Jonathan Huener, University of Vermont

  • Paul B. Jaskot, DePaul University

  • Anne Kelly Knowles, Middlebury College

 

March 31, 2011

The Harry H. Kahn Memorial Lecture

Truth and Consequences: Issues in Holocaust Family Memoir

Irene Kacandes, Dartmouth College

Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian

 

April 14, 2011

Lev Raphael reads from his book My Germany

Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian

 

 

April 28, 2011

Holocaust Memorial/Yom Hashoah Lecture

Surviving the Holocaust: One Family's Story

Ronald J. Berger, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

 

 

Fall 2010

October 4, 2010

Inside Nazi Germany: Consular Reports on the Third Reich and the Persecution of the Jews

Frank Bajohr, Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte, Hamburg

 

October 6, 2010

No War, No Peace: The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk and the Armenian Genocide

Aram Yengoyan, University of California, Davis

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Don and Carole Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series

 

October 14, 2010

Controversies and Consistencies in Holocaust Education: A Review of Research on Teaching

Simone Schweber, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Welcoming Remarks by Senator Bernie Sanders, Member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council

Co-sponsored by the Department of Education and the College of Education and Social Services, UVM, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Keynote address for the Regional Holocaust Education Summit held at UVM, Oct. 13-15, 2010, sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

 

October 26, 2010

Preoccupied by the Occupation: French Memories and Reactions to the Dark Years of the Nazi Presence

John Flower, University of Kent at Canterbury

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and the Don and Carole Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series

November 1, 2010

The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture

Globalizing Anti-Semitism: Nazi Germany's Arabic Language Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust

Jeffrey Herf, University of Maryland

The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture is made possible through a generous gift from Jerold D. Jacobson, Esquire, of New York City, UVM Class of 1962.

 

November 15, 2010

The Memory of Child Survivors: Documents, Memoir, Auto-Fiction

Yehudi Lindeman, McGill University

 

Spring 2010

 

February 19, 2010

Geographies of the Holocaust

Anne K. Knowles, Middlebury College

March 17, 2010

Writing as Freedom, Writing as Testimony: Judaism and Writing in Twentieth Century Italy

Sergio Parussa, Wellesley College

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, cosponsored by the Center for Holocaust Studies.

March 28, 2010

Symposium

Breeding Better Germans and Vermonters: Nazi and American Eugenics in History and Memory

  • Nancy Gallagher, author of Breeding Better Vermonters: The Eugenics Project in the Green Mountain State
  • Lutz Kaelber, UVM
  • Patricia Heberer, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

 

April 19, 2010

The Harry H. Kahn Memorial Lecture

Gender, Witness, and Remembrance in Ruth Klueger's Still Alive and Judy Chicago's Holocaust Project

Kathrin M. Bower, University of Richmond

Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian

 

April 27, 2010

Holding on to Humanity: The Terezín Performance of Verdi's Requiem and its Place in Postwar Memory

Anna Hájková, University of Toronto

Sponsored by the Center for Holocaust Studies at UVM in association with a performance of the Verdi Requiem by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 1, 2010. Both the concert and the lecture were parts of a larger program, Terezin Remembered, that took place at various venues in Burlington during the last week of April 2010.

 

Fall 2009

October 15, 2009

Locating Nazi Evil: German-Jewish Intellectuals Confront the Crimes of the Third Reich

Steven Aschheim, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

November 2, 2009

Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture

Making Sense of the Murderers: Nazi Perpetrators in Victims' Eyes

Mark Roseman, Indiana University-Bloomington

The Raul Hilberg Memorial Lecture is made possible through a generous gift from Jerold D. Jacobson, Esquire, of New York City, UVM Class of 1962.

November 18, 2009

Criminals with Doctorates: An SS Officer in the Killing Fields of Russia, as Reported by the Novelist Jonathan Littell

Henry Lea, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian and co-sponsored by the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies.

 

 

 

 

 

Miller Symposium, 2009

The Law in Nazi Germany

Konrad H. Jarausch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Douglas G. Morris, Federal Defenders of New York

Harry Reicher, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Touro Law School

Raphael Gross, Juedisches Museum/Frankfurt am Main, Leo Baeck Institute/London

Kenneth F. Ledford, Case Western Reserve University

 

2009

The Evolving Study of Antisemitism

Robert Chazan, New York University

 

2009

The Darfur Genocide: How We Can End It

John Prendergast, Co-Chair, ENOUGH Project

 

Hilberg Lecture, 2008

The Failure(s) of Ethics: The Holocaust and Its Reverberations

John Roth, Claremont McKenna College

 

2008

Pope Pius XII and World War II

Gerhard L. Weinberg, Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

2008

The Netherlands and the German Occupation: Myth and Reality

David Barnouw, War Documentation Center (Amsterdam)

 

2008

Comradeship and Sex in Hitler's Military

Geoffrey Giles, University of Florida

 

2008

Remembering Raul Hilberg

Saul Friedlaender, University of California, Los Angeles
Christopher R. Browning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Hilberg Lecture, 2007

Feigning Resistance to Nazism: The Case of Singer Lotte Lehmann

Michael Kater, York University

 

2007

Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany

Peter Fritzsche, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Hilberg Lecture, 2006

‘Oneself as Another’: Identification  and Mourning in Writing about Victims of the Holocaust

Susan Suleiman, Harvard University

 

2006

Germany and the Jewish World: History as a Trap

Michael Wolffsohn, University of the Bundeswehr, Munich

 

2006

Nuremberg's Secret Legacy: The Alllied Prison at Spandau

Norman Goda, Ohio University

 

Miller Symposium, 2006

Jewish Life in Nazi Germany

Michael Brenner, University of Munich

Avraham Barkai, Leo Baeck Institute and Yad Vashem

Marion Kaplan, New York University

Konrad Kwiet, University of Macquarie

Jurgen Matthaus, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Beate Meyer, Institute for the History of German Jews, Hamburg

 

Hilberg Lecture 2005

Jews in Nazi Historical Scholarship

Claudia Koonz, Duke University

 

Hilberg Lecture 2004

Two Sides of a Coin: 'Aryan' Health and Racial Persecution

Jill Stephenson, University of Edinburgh

 

Miller Symposium 2004

The Arts in Nazi Germany

Michael Kater, York University

Pamela Potter, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jonathan Petropoulos, Claremont-Mckenna College

Eric Rentschler, Harvard University

Alan E. Steinweis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Frank Trommler, University of Pennsylvania

 

2004

A Blind Eye and Dirty Hands: The Wehrmacht’s Crimes in the East, 1941-1945

Geoffrey Megargee, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

 

2003

Forgotten Places of Persecution:  German Municipalities and the Holocaust

Wolf Gruner, Webster University

 

Hilberg Lecture, 2002

Two Popes and the Holocaust: An Examination of the Controversy

Susan Zuccotti

 

Miller Symposium, 2002

Business and Industry in Nazi Germany

Michael Thad Allen, Georgia Tech

Gerald Feldman, University of California, Berkeley

Peter Hayes, Northwestern University

Harold James, Princeton University

Simon Reich, University of Pittsburgh

 

Hilberg Lecture, 2001

Hitler's 'Prophecy' and the 'Final Solution'

Ian Kershaw, University of Sheffield

 

Hilberg Lecture, 2000

The Holocaust: From Event and Experience to Memory and Representation

Omer Bartov, Brown University

 

Miller Symposium, 2000

Medicine and Medical Ethics in Nazi Germany

Garland E. Allen, Washington University

Henry Friedlander, Brooklyn College

William Seidelman, Univ of Toronto

Robert Proctor, Pennsylvania State University

Michael Burleigh, University of Cardiff

Michael Kater , York University

 

Hilberg Lecture, 1999

The German Resistance Movement and the Holocaust

Hans Mommsen, University of Bochum

 

Hilberg Lecture, 1998

Culture and Context: The Shoah, The Germans and Us

Peter Hayes, Northwestern Univeristy

 

Hilberg Lecture, 1997

Investigating and Prosecuting Nazi War Criminals

Allan Ryan, Jr.

 

Hilberg Lecture, 1996

Crossing the Line in Nazi Genocide: On Becoming and Being a Professional Killer

Gerhard L. Weinberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Hilberg Lecture, 1995

The Demise of the German Mandarins: The German University and the Jews (1933-1939)

Saul Friedlander, UCLA

 

Hilberg Lecture, 1994

The Tower of Life at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum: Restoring a Vanished Shtetl

Yaffa Eliach, Brooklyn College

 

Hilberg Lecture, 1993

Is the Holocaust Explicable?

Yehuda Bauer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

Hilberg Lecture, 1992

The Face of the Perpetrators

Christopher R. Browning, Pacific Lutheran University

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