Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week 2019 will take place April 1-5. Featured events include the launch of the digital archive, Gideon Klein presentation, Morton Lecture, survivor lecture commemorating the 80th anniversary of the kindertransport, a special lecture on genocide, and a student-led commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.
April 1, Raytheon Amphitheater
5:30-7 pm: 25 Years After the Rwandan Genocide: Challenges and Responses in the Prevention of Genocide
Adama Dieng, United Nations Under-Secretary-General
Adama Dieng (Senegal) is the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and former Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Adama Dieng holds degrees in Law from Dakar University and International Law from the Research Centre of The Hague Academy. He started his legal career in Senegal where he held several positions before becoming Registrar of the Supreme Court of Senegal. From 1990 to 2000, he served as Secretary-General of the Geneva based International Commission of Jurists. He has been Board Member of various institutions including the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Africa Leadership Forum, and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law. Adama Dieng was the driving force behind the establishment of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights and also drafted the African Convention to fight corruption.
April 2, 2019 Raytheon Amphitheater
6 pm: Launch of Holocaust Awareness Committee Digital Archives
Presentation of Gideon Klein Project
6:45-7:30: Reception and Book Signing
7:30-9 pm: Morton Lecture with Prof. Omer Bartov “Anatomy of a Genocide: Lessons of Studying Mass Murder from Below”
Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University. He is the author of Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz, along with several other well-respected scholarly works on the Holocaust and genocide, including Germany’s War and the Holocaust: Disputed Histories and Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine. He has written for The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and The New York Times Book Review. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
April 3, Renaissance Park 909
12 noon-1:30 pm: Survivor talk with Gerald Holton
“How One Teenager and Thousands of Other Boys and Girls Escaped from the Nazis via the Kindertransport”
In March, 1938, Austria handed itself over enthusiastically to Hitler and his henchmen. Gerald Holton, a boy aged 15, living in Vienna, evaded the murderous Nazis. That was made possible by the British Quakers, who had set up an escape route for 10,000 largely Jewish youngsters, by using a special set of trains (labeled Kindertransport) to England–a bright star in that dark period. Once in England, young Holton tried frantically to bring his endangered parents out of Austria. He succeeded by finding a loophole in the essential embargo against older persons hoping to come to England. His parents arrived shortly before WWII broke out. During the war all refugees in England who had come with German/Austrian passports were thought to include spies. So in June 1940 they were rounded up and put into detention camps. By great good luck, the Holton family was just then on its way to the United States. On arriving in the USA, young Holton, like many such refugees, was given the chance to get a college education. This ultimately led him to become a physics professor at Harvard University.
April 5, 2nd floor, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute
12 noon – 1:30 pm: “Reflections on the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda: A Student-Led Symposium”
Political Science Senior Capstone students present their signature work on the genocide in Rwanda. This is an opportunity to listen to, engage, and meet with learners on campus. Followed by a Q&A session.