Upcoming Events

WallfischAppalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies invites the public to a presentation by Anita Lasker-Wallfisch (London, England), one of the few remaining survivors of the Women’s Orchestra at Auschwitz. Her talk will take place at Grandfather Mountain Ballroom, Room 137, in ASU’s Plemmons Student Union (263 Locust Street) on Wednesday, July 25. The talk will begin at 10:00 am
InkmanThe Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies welcomes the public to a presentation by Prof. Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto) entitled “Last Yiddish Heroes: Lost And Found Songs of Soviet Jews During WW II.” It will take place at Summit Trail Solarium, Room 118, in ASU’s Plemmons Student Union (263 Locust Street) on Wednesday, July 25. The talk will begin at 7:00 pm. The program includes performances of selected songs such as “Der vekhter in di shtern” (Girls of Chuvashia) and “Ikh lig lebn pulyemyot” (My Machine Gun) by ASU student vocalist Sydra Yarnell accompanied by Wake Forest University pianist Prof. Joanne Inkman
BrundibarASU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies invites the public to a performance of passages of the children’s opera Brundibár in the Nazi-established ghetto and camp of Terezin and a presentation by Ms. Tamar Grinshpon, the daughter of one of the child actors, Ela Weissberger, z’’l. The events will take place at the Recital Hall of the Broyhill Music Center (813 Rivers Street, on the ASU campus) on Thursday, July 26. The musical performance will begin at 10:00 am; the talk by Ms. Grinshpon at 10:30 am.
AuschwitzCenter Summer Symposium on the Holocaust and Music (July 2018)

The 17th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on “Remembering the Holocaust” will be held from July 21-26, 2018, on the campus of Appalachian State University. This year’s symposium explores the multifold connections between the Holocaust and music, tracing its abuses by this genocide's perpetrators and the many uses by its victims, also as a form of spiritual resistance.

The week-long symposium will bring internationally and nationally acclaimed scholars, authors and educators to Boone. The event’s faculty and speakers include Stephanie Kaye from the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Israel, Dr. Anna Shternshis, the Al and Malka Green Associate Professor of Yiddish Studies and the director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada, and Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, one of the few survivors of the women's orchestra at Auschwitz-Birkenau. For more information, contact the Center at 828.262.2311, email or see our symposium website.
WeinbergInternationally-renowned Holocaust Scholar and Editor of Hitler's Second Book at ASU (September 2018)

On Thursday, September 6, internationally-noted Holocaust scholar and diplomatic historian Dr. Gerhard L. Weinberg, the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of History at UNC-Chapel Hill, will give an evening lecture entitled “Adolf Hitler and the United States: Views, Plans, and Policies and the 'Jewish Question'” It will begin at 7:00 pm (place to be determined). Prof. Weinberg escaped Nazi Germany in 1938, served in the U.S. army during the occupation of Japan, and became a prominent specialist in diplomatic and Holocaust history during a long and impressive career. Among his many influential books are the German and English editions of Adolf Hitler's previously unpublished sequel to Mein Kampf, which Weinberg discovered when working on a project to microfilm confiscated Nazi state and party documents in Alexandria, Virginia, in the late 1950s. The lecture is free of charge and no tickets are required. For more information, email holocaust@appstate.eduor call 828.262.2311.
The Center is pleased to invite the ASU and broader High Country communities to a public lecture by Jerusalem-based Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi on Monday, November 5. The lecture will focus on “Jewish Photography in Nazi Germany.” Prof. Ashkenazi, a UC Berkeley-trained film studies scholar, is the chairman of the Richard Koebner Center for German History at the Hebrew University, Israel. The lecture will start at 7:00 pm (place to be determined). It is free of charge and no tickets are required. The Center will also organize a research colloquium with Prof. Ashkenazi. For more information, call 828.262.2311.