Past Programs & Events

Jan 31, 2017

Empathy and the Task of the Historian in the Face of Genocide

Speaker: Steve Aschhiem

Information is forthcoming. 


Jan 31, 2017

Empathy and the Task of the Historian in the Face of Genocide

Speaker: Steve Aschhiem

Information is forthcoming. 


Nov 30, 2016

Zionism, Holocaust Survivors, and the Creation of Israel

Avinoam Patt

Avinoam J. Patt is the Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, where he is also director of the Museum of Jewish Civilization.  He received his Ph.D. in Modern European History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University.  His first book, Finding Home and Homeland: Jewish Youth and Zionism in the Aftermath of the Holocaust (published by Wayne State University Press, May 2009) examines the appeal of Zionism for young survivors in Europe in the aftermath of the Holocaust and their role in the creation of the state of Israel.  He is also the co-editor (with Michael Berkowitz) of a collected volume on Jewish Displaced Persons, titled We are Here: New Approaches to the Study of Jewish Displaced Persons in Postwar Germany (Wayne State University Press, February 2010).  He is a contributor to several projects at the USHMM, and is co-author of the recently published source volume, entitled Jewish Responses to Persecution, 1938-1940 (USHMM/Alta Mira Press, September 2011).  He has also published numerous articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles on various topics related to Jewish life and culture before, during, and after the Holocaust. He is co-editor of a forthcoming anthology of recent American Jewish fiction entitled The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction. In Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction (with Mark Shechner and Victoria Aarons, to be published by Wayne State University Press in November 2014).  Patt teaches courses on Modern Jewish History, American Jewish History, Responses to the Holocaust, the History of Zionism and the State of Israel, Jewish film, and Modern Jewish Literature among others.


Nov 16, 2016

Book Launch for James E. Young, The Stages of Memory: Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between

Published by University of Massachusetts Press

James E. Young is founding director of the Institute andEmeritus Distinguished Professor of English and Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has served on juries that selected designs for the 9/11 Memorial and the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. In his new book, The Stages of Memory: Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between, published by University of Massachusetts Press, Young reflects on the expectations that countries bring to their painful memorial debates. 

                                    

A reception with refreshments will precede the book talk, which will begin at 5.

A book sale and signing will follow this program. Thank you to Amherst Books for handling book sales.

New York City Book Event, November 10 at 7 at the 9/11 Memorial Museum: https://www.911memorial.org/events/james-e-young-stages-memory


Nov 14, 2016

You are invited to a presentation by Ruth Ravina, a survivor of the Holocaust from Poland

Ruth Ravina speaks frequently to school and community groups in her home state of New Jersey. She was born in 1937 in Kozienice, Poland. After her parents were taken by the Nazis to a slave labor camp, she remained with her grandparents and cousins. When the ghetto was about to be liquidated, three Jewish girls escaped, taking Ravina with them and bringing her to the home of a Christian Polish family, where she was sheltered for some time. After six months, she was smuggled to her mother inside the slave labor camp. Her mother succeeded in hiding her through two different camps. Her father died in the Buchenwald concentration camp. Ruth Ravina was the only Jewish child from her hometown who survived the war.

Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies
University of Massachusetts Amherst
758 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002


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