Running and Hiding from The Nazis—A Child Survivor’s Miraculous Escape From The Holocaust: Miriam Klein Kassenoff in Conversation with Center Director Thomas Pegelow Kaplan

While this year’s Rosen symposium on Children during the Holocaust has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies offers a number of online programs that are free of charge and open to the public. 

 The Center invites the public to its first 2020-21 online program, a conversation between child survivor Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff (Florida) and Center Director Dr. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan. The program will start on Monday, July 27, at 7:00 pm on ZOOM. Klein Kassenoff was born in Košice, present-day Slovakia. In 1940, she and her family embarked on a dangerous seven-month long escape through seven European countries until they managed to reach Lisbon and set sail to the U.S. Today, she serves as the Director of the Holocaust Teachers Institute at the University of Miami.

 To get the link for the ZOOM meeting, instructions on how to install ZOOM on a computer or smartphone, and more information about the event, please contact the Center at 828.262.2311 or




Postponed Due to COVID-19 Crisis

19th International Summer Symposium on Children in the Holocaust (July 2020)

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies will hold the 19th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium at Appalachian State University from July 25-30, 2020. This year's symposium will focus on Children in the Holocaust. Participating teachers and general audience members will hear from and have the opportunity to converse with Prof. Michael Berenbaum (American Jewish University), Prof. Gabriel Finder (UVA), Dr. Eva Fogelman (Florida), and Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff (University of Miami) as well as other accomplished Holocaust educators and scholars from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C., and Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. Moreover, several child survivors of the Shoah will give testimony. Attendees will learn how the Nazi regime sought to indoctrinate Gentile children and turn them into supporters of their regime. They will also gain insights into how persecuted Jewish children tried to cope with persecution and, eventually, outright genocidal onslaughts. The presentations and workshops will shed new light on children's complex challenges and struggles under Nazi rule and occupation, in the ghettos and even camps as well as many's resilience and despair.



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German Antisemitism Expert on AfD and Jew HatredinBerlinRepublic

On Tuesday, March 24, the Appalachian State University community is invited to the first S'20 lunch research colloquium of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies. The event will feature the work by Dr. Marcus Funck (Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University of Berlin, Germany), an expert in antisemitism in today's Germany and the Alternative for Germany, a far-right-wing populist party with a strong voelkisch wing that has had stunning election victories across the country in recent years. It will take place from 12:30 until 2:00 pm at the Center conference room in Edwin Duncan Hall, Suite 101-102. To attend and receive the short texts by our distinguished guest, please RSVP by emailing the Center at or calling 828.262.2311. As always, we will servea lunch (free of charge to the participants) and there will be ample opportunity to discuss a range of issues, including participant's own research with our guest.



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Director of the Center for Research on Antisemitism, Berlin, to Speak on Gender and Violence (March 2020)

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, the director of the renowned Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University Berlin, Germany, will give a lecture entitled "Gender, Sex and Violence: Race Defilement in Nazi Germany." It will take place in Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114, on Thursday, March 26, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. Prof. Schüler-Springorum's talk is also the keynote of the Southeast German Studies Workshop that will be held--co-organized by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies--on the ASU campus on March 26-27. Free and open to the public. For more information, see here.



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Presentation by USofC Scholar on Holocaust Memory in Recent German-Jewish Literature

The Center invites the public to a lecture by Prof. Agnes Mueller (University of South Carolina--Columbia) that illuminates the complex issues of "Jewish Absence, Migration, and Holocaust Memory.” The author and co-editor of several books on German-Jewish literature, Prof. Mueller works on German Jewish relations, on contemporary literature and Holocaust memory, on German American relations, and on German poetry after 1945. Her talk will take place in Anne Belk HallRoom 336, on the ASU campus on Thursday, March 26, at 12:30 pm.  Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies at 828.262.2311 or



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Yad Vashem Exhibit "Shoah: How Was it Humanly Possible?" on Display at Belk Library  The noted traveling exhibit "Shoah: How Was it Humanly Possible?" from Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, in Jerusalem will be on display on the first and fourth floors of Belk Library and Information Commons from March 17 until April 17, 2020. The exhibition examines major historical aspects of the Holocaust, beginning with Jewish life in pre-Holocaust Europe and ending with the liberation of Nazi concentration and extermination camps across the continent and the remarkable return to life of the survivors. 

The exhibit comes to ASU as a result of a cooperation between Yad Vashem, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, and Belk Library and Information Commons. In light of the renewed rise of anti-Semitism and racial hatred, white supremacy, and deadly terrorist attacks from Halle, Germany, to Pittsburgh, U.S., to Christchurch, New Zealand, the exhibit could not be more timely. The accompanying program includes a visit and presentation by the 1930-born Holocaust and Auschwitz survivor Dr. Zev Harel. For more information, contact the Center at 828.262.2311 or



Postponed Due to COVID-19 Crisis

Auschwitz Survivor Dr. Zev Harel to Give Testimony During Yom HaShoah Commemoration at ASU

On April 21, at the end of Yom HaShoah, Dr. Zev Harel will speak about his struggles for survival in a Jewish ghetto in Hungary, in the death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Upper Silesia, and in Ebensee, a subcamp of Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria.  His testimony will be the central event of this year's Holocaust Remembrance Day as well as part of the accompanying program of Yad Vashem's travelling exhibit "Shoah: How Was It Humanly Possible?" that will be on display in Belk Library beginning on March 17. Dr. Harel will speak in the Temple of the High Country on 1043 West King Street in Boone. The talk will be part of a longer Yom HaShoah ceremony that will start at 6:30 pm. The event is co-organized by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, the Temple, and ASU's Hillel and AEPi chapters. Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Center at 828.262.2311 or