In honor of the Spring publication of Bringing the Dark to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe, co-edited by Joanna Michlic and John-Paul Himka, the IHGMS is very pleased to host a roundtable discussion of Holocaust reception in post-communist Europe , with the co-editors and one of their esteemed authors, Omer Bartov. The roundtable will be moderated by James Young, Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst. Admission is free, but seating is limited to 100. A reception and book-signing will follow.
Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University and chair of the department of History. He was born and raised in Israel and received his BA degree from Tel Aviv University. He was awarded his D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1983, and taught at Tel Aviv University until 1989. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include The Eastern Front, 1941-45 (1985), Hitler's Army (1991), Murder in Our Midst (1996), Mirrors of Destruction (2000), Germany's War and the Holocaust (2003), The "Jew" in Cinema (2005), and Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine (2007). His books have been translated into many languages. Bartov has also written for such magazines as The New Republic, The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and other European and Israeli journals. He is now completing a new book, The Voice of Your Brother's Blood: Buczacz, Biography of a Town, to be published with Simon & Schuster in the next couple of years.
John-Paul Himka is Professor of History at the University of Alberta. He served as co-editor for history for The Encyclopedia of Ukraine, Vols. 3-5. He has also written four monographs on Ukrainian history and edited or co-edited six other books. Currently he is working on Ukrainians and the Holocaust. His 2009 Mohyla lecture was published by Heritage Press (Saskatoon) as Ukrainians, Jews, and the Holocaust: Divergent Memories. In 2011 he received the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research.
Joanna Beata Michlic is a social and cultural historian, and founder and Director of HBI (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute) Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust at Brandeis University. Her publications include Neighbors Respond: The Controversy about Jedwabne (2004), co-edited with Antony Polonsky; and Poland's Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present (2006), and the forthcoming Bringing the Dark to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe, co-edited with John-Paul Himka (2013). She is also the editor of the forthcoming Jewish Families in Europe, 1939-Present: History, Representation, and Memory (2014). Her two current research topics are the history of rescuers of Jews and East European Jewish childhood, 1945-1950.
Catherine Portuges is Professor of Comparative Literature, Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, and Curator of the annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her books include Cinemas in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989 (with Peter Hames, Temple, 2013); Gendered Subjects (with M. Culley, Routledge, re-issued 2012); and Screen Memories: the Hungarian Cinema of Márta Mészáros (Indiana, 1993). Her most recent essays appear in Bringing the Dark to Light: the Reception of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe (Nebraska 2013); Companion to Historical Film (Wiley-Blackwell 2013); Cinema's Alchemist: The Films of Péter Forgács (Minnesota 2012); Blackwell Companion to East European Cinema (Wiley-Blackwell 2012); The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema (Brandeis 2012); and Hollywood's Chosen People: The Jewish Experience in American Cinema (2011). She was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for "The Subjective Lens: Post-Holocaust Jewish Identities in Hungarian Cinema;" the Pro Cultura Hungarica Medal for her contributions to Hungarian Cinema (Republic of Hungary, 2009); and the Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Teaching (2010). She is a frequent keynote lecturer at international conferences and invited programmer, curator, consultant, and delegate for international film series and festivals.