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2022 Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week Events
Gideon Klein Presentation | Syncopating Freedom: The Third Reich’s Use of Jazz as Propaganda
A Discussion and Performance
Featuring: Zachary Richmond, 2021-2022 Gideon Klein Scholar
Zachary Richmond ’21-‘22 is a 5th year student in the Music Industry program in the College of Arts, Media and Design. He has focused his curriculum and co-ops on the field of music rights and representation. He is also a drummer and participates in various ensembles at Northeastern such as Jazz Ensemble and Fusion Ensemble.
Philip N. Backstrom Jr. Survivor Lecture
Featuring: Dr. Agnes Kaposi, MBE, RFEng
An advocate for Social Justice, Anti-Prejudice and Equality, Dr. Kaposi is a Hungarian-born British engineer, educator and author. In 2020, she published her autobiography Yellow Star-Red Star about her life as a child in Hungary before and during the Second World War and under Communist rule, and her subsequent escape to Britain. She earned her PhD in Computer Aided Design and led the electrical engineering department at what is now London South Bank University and consulted in engineering around the world. She became the third woman in UK history to have been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2021, Queen Elizabeth awarded her the honor of Member of the British Empire for her work in Holocaust education.
Robert Salomon Morton Lecture | From Holocaust Denial to Holocaust Distortion: The State-sponsored Attack on the Memory of the Holocaust in Poland
Featuring: Jan Grabowski, Professor of History, University of Ottawa
Most of us are familiar with Holocaust denial. Pure and undiluted Holocaust denial is today, however, very much a fringe phenomenon. Unfortunately, denying the facts of the extermination of European Jews has recently been replaced with Holocaust distortion. In Poland, and in other countries of Eastern and Central Europe, it entails admitting that the Holocaust happened while denying, against the historical evidence, the wide-spread complicity of the members of one’s own national or ethnic community in the event.
In Poland, the state-sponsored Holocaust distortion has reached an alarming stage.
Jan Grabowski is a Professor of History at the University of Ottawa and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His interests focus on the Holocaust in Poland and, more specifically, on the relations between Jews and Poles during the war. Professor Grabowski’s book, Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland has been awarded the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for 2014. In 2018 he co-edited and co-authored Dalej jest noc, to be published later this year in English. His most recent book, On Duty: The Role of the Polish “Blue” Police in the Holocaust, was published in Poland in March 2020.
Third Generation Student Presentation and Discussion
Featuring: Randall Evers, Leaving Auschwitz: The George Evers Story
Join us for a presentation by Randall Evers (Economics ’22) about his late grandfather George, a Holocaust survivor, and listen to a recording of George telling his story in his own words. Refreshments will be provided.
Student and Faculty Visit to the Armenian Heritage Park
Join us for a guided visit to the Armenian Heritage Park, a memorial to the Armenian Genocide. We will meet at the Sculpture. The visit will be guided by Barbara Tellalian and Don Tellalian, the architects of the Armenian Heritage Park.
Northeastern Student and Faculty Lunch Seminar
Featuring: Nicole Fox, After Genocide: Memory and Reconciliation in Rwanda
HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE AWARENESS WEEK EVENTS ARE SPONSORED BY THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES, THE JEWISH STUDIES PROGRAM, THE HUMANITIES CENTER, THE HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE AWARENESS COMMITTEE, AND THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST.
Previous Sponsored Events
Nazis of Copley Square: The Forgotten History of the Christian Front 1939-1945
Featuring: Charles Gallagher, S.J., Associate Professor of History, Boston College
When: Monday, March 21, 2022
In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust
Featuring: Jeffrey Veidlinger, Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
When: Monday, February 28, 2022
Co-sponsored by the Department of History
Links to recordings above!
Plunder, Reparations and Restorative Justice
Featuring: Menachem Kaiser, author of Plunder; Professor Margaret Burnham, NUSL
Asian Americans in a Multi-Racial and Multi-Religious Democracy
Featuring: Rabbi Mira Rivera, Professor Philip Thai, Professor Matt Lee, and Professor Lily Song
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