|The Center is pleased to invite the public to an evening lecture entitled "Defiance and Protest: Forgotten Individual Jewish Reactions to the Persecution in Nazi Germany" by the renowned Holocaust scholar Professor Wolf Gruner on Monday, March 19. It will take place from 7:00 until 9:00 pm in Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114. Gruner holds the Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies, is Professor of History at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and is the Founding Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research. He is the author of eight books on the Holocaust, among them his important study of “Jewish Forced Labor under the Nazis. Economic Needs and Nazi Racial Aims” (Cambridge University Press). As all Center events, it is free of charge and no tickets are required. For more information, call 828.262.2311.|
In collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research and The Center for Academic Excellence, Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies will be offering a special workshop to provide the campus community with information on how to utilize the newly-acquired USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive to enhance teaching, learning, and research endeavors on the ASU campus. Facilitated by Professor Wolf Gruner (Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Southern California and Founding Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research), workshop participants will have full access to the Foundation’s Visual History Archive that contains over 54,000 video testimonies of survivors and other eyewitnesses of the Holocaust, the Rwandan, Armenian, Cambodian, and Guatemalan genocides, and the Nanjing Massacre in China. The Shoah Foundation Testimony in Classroom & Research workshop will take place on Tuesday, March 20, from 12:00pm-2:00pm in Room 421, of Belk Library and Information Commons. To register, go to https://workshops.appstate.edu/detail.aspx?key=1662. For more information, call 828.262.2311.
|Dr. Mark Bray (Dartmouth College) will give a lecture entitled “Antifa: The History and Theory of Antifascism” on Thursday, March 29, on the ASU campus. Bray is a historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in Modern Europe, who completed his PhD in Modern European and Women's and Gender History at Rutgers University in 2016. He is the author of The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. The Center is pleased to partner with the ASU Humanities Council in organizing the visit. There will also be a midday colloquium for faculty and advanced students with our guest. For more information, please contact the Council at 828-262-2483 or the Center at 828.262.2311.|
|On Wednesday, April 4, the Center will screen the critically-acclaimed early German postwar film The Murderers Are Among Us (Die Moerder sind unter uns, DEFA 1946). Center director Dr. T. Pegelow Kaplan will introduce the film and evaluate its role in addressing and failing to address the country's recent mass crimes. The screening will take place in 201B Table Rock (part of Blue Ridge Ballroom) on the second floor of Plemmons Student Union (PSU). The program will start at 7:30 pm and is free of charge.|
|The Center will open this year's Yom HaShoah commemorations with a talk by Eliot Nidam, the Head of the Academic Affairs Section of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. Nidam's talk is entitled "Living with the Other: Religious Congregations in France and the Hiding of Jews During the Holocaust" and will take place on April 11, from 7:00 until 9:00 pm in 201 AB Blueridge Ballroom at Plemmons Student Union. The event is free of charge and no tickets are required. For more information, please call the Center at 828.262.2311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Organized with the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.|
|On Thursday, April 12, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), the Center for Judaic Holocaust, and Peace Studies along with the Temple of the High Country and ASU’s Hillel chapter will organize a public reading of the names of European Jews murdered by the Germans and their allies during the Holocaust. Weather permitting, this reading will take place from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm in the outside square between ASU’s Belk Library and the University’s Bookstore in Plemmons Student Union (end of College Street). It is followed by an evening commemoration at the Temple of the High Country.|
|On Thursday, April 19, eminent historian Prof. Konrad H. Jarausch, Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at UNC-Chapel Hill, will give an evening lecture entitled “Broken Lives: How Ordinary German Jews and Gentiles Experienced the Twentieth Century.” It will begin at 7:30 pm in Belk Library Room 114. His talk will also be part of the events co-organized by the Center to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. It is free of charge and no tickets are required. For more information, call 828.262.2311.|