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Past Programs & Events

Mar 4, 2013

Ilan Stavans Talks About His New Graphic Novel: El Illuminado

Discussion of a compelling mystery of southwestern Spanish secrets. Book signing and reception afterwards.

Dec 5, 2012

Student-docents Training Workshop at the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

We're very pleased to announce the second Student-docent Training Workshop from 3:00 to 4:30, at the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  In this workshop for high school and university students, we will offer a training session for students interested in learning how to lead their student peers through the Institute’s permanent Holocaust teaching exhibition, “A Reason to Remember: Roth, Germany, 1933-1942." This workshop will introduce students to the exhibition and its origins and will encourage further study and training in order to become student tour facilitators.

Upon completing the session, students will receive a certificate of completion and an invitation to bring their classes and teachers back to the Institute for a tour. Students who earn the certificate should contact their school administrators about receiving credit toward community service.

This workshop is free of charge, and light refreshments will be served. For inquiries and registration, please call 413.835.0221 or send an e-mail to

For further information about the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst and its permanent exhibition, “A Reason to Remember: Roth, Germany, 1933-1942,” please visit:

Nov 28, 2012

Out of Brownsville

Encounters with Nobel Laureates and Other Jewish Writers

The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst and The Department of English at UMass Amherst are very pleased to present Jules Chametzky, Professor Emeritus of English and Judaic Studies reading and discussing his new book OUT OF BROWNSVILLE:  Encounters with Nobel Laureates and Other Jewish Writers.  Wine and Cheese Reception to follow.

Oct 9, 2012

Memory, War and Translation: In Diamond Square by Mercè Rodoreda

A Lecture by Peter Bush

From the vantage point of the 1950s, Mercè Rodoreda’s heroine recounts her harsh experience in Barcelona of the coming of the Second Republic, civil war and dictatorship. In Diamond Square is a working-class woman’s narrative of resilience and devastation on the home front. Peter Bush discusses the challenges of translating this classic of Catalan literature and the way a translator’s reading can trigger personal sets of memories to nourish what is a third re-writing in English.

In Diamond Square will be published by Virago (Little Brown) in March 2013.

Peter Bush works in Barcelona as a freelance literary translator. He was awarded the Valle-Inclán Literary Translation Prize for his translation of Juan Goytisolo's The Marx Family Saga. Recent translations from Spanish include Ramón del Valle-Inclán’s Tirano Banderas, Queen Cocaine by Nuria Amat, Exiled From Almost Everywhere by Juan Goytisolo, Celestina by Fernando de Rojas, and The Havana Fever by Leonardo Padura.  From Catalan, Bush has translated The Enormity of the Tragedy by Quim Monzó and A Not So Perfect Crime by Teresa Solana. He was Professor of Literary Translation at Middlesex University and at the University of East Anglia where he directed the British Centre for Literary Translation. He teaches a course on literary translation and the publishing industry as visiting professor at the University of Málaga. 

Oct 1, 2012

The Berke Family Collection of Nuremberg Deposition Papers

This collection contains nearly 600 pages of depositions, photos, and German war records gathered by American soldiers and prosecutors as the Allies pushed through Germany in 1945.  They include dozens of first-person eye-witness accounts by German soldiers and their commanders of Nazi war-crimes against Jews and other victims of the Third Reich. Originally donated to Kent State University in 2002, the original copies are now archived at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

In honor of the 100th Birthday Anniversary of her father, David M. Berke, Cathy Berke Abrams is donating a copy of these deposition papers to the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with the intention of making this material as widely available to scholars and researchers as possible.  Toward this end, the gift of these papers by the Berke Family is accompanied by a fund to digitize the entire collection, which will then be posted for all researchers on the Institute'’s web-site.

In October 2012, (a specific date will soon be announced) Professor Lawrence Douglas of Amherst College, author of The Memory of Judgment (Yale University Press), will give a lecture on the value of these deposition papers for historical understanding of the Holocaust, followed by a reception honoring Cathy Berke Abrams and the Berke Family for the gift of these papers.