Upcoming Programs & Events

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 7:30pm

IN SEARCH OF SUCHOMEL IN CLAUDE LANZMANN'S SHOAH: CONSTRUCTING THE HOLOCAUST PERPETRATOR BETWEEN THE OUTTAKES AND THE FINISHED FILM

Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival

Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival and UMass IHGMS present "In Search of Suchomel in Claude Lanzmann's Shoah: Constructing the Holocaust Perpetrator between the Outtakes and the Finished Film." Erin McGlothlin (German & Jewish Studies, Washington Univeristy) offers poignant new insights into Lanzmann’s monumental Holocaust documentary, based upon extensive research on the hundreds of hours of outtakes in the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Followed by a screening of

CLAUDE LANZMANN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH

(2015, dir Adam Benzine, UK, 58 min; Academy Award nominee, Documentary Short Subject).

The 92-year-old French journalist, philosopher and filmmaker reflects on the trials and tribulations he faced during the 12-year journey to make his Holocaust masterpiece, Shoah (1985).  In this special Director's Cut, Lanzmann discusses the challenges of tracking down Nazi officials and traumatized death camp survivors, fighting in the French Resistance as a teenager, his relationship with philosophers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and his hopes and expectations for the future in this intimate portrait.

Co-sponsored by UMass Institute for Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies.

Introduction by Jonathan Skolnik (UMass).

137 Isenberg School of Management


Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 4:30pm

ON HOLOCAUST MEMORY, FAMILY, AND EMPATHY


Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:00pm

THE MANY DEATHS OF JEW SÜSS: THE NOTORIOUS TRIAL AND EXECUTION OF AN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY COURT JEW

Joseph Süss Oppenheimer, also known as "Jew Süss," is one of the most iconic figures in the history of anti-Semitism. In 1733, Oppenheimer became the "court Jew" of the duke of the small German state of Württemberg. When his patron the duke died unexpectedly four years later, local authorities arrested Oppenheimer, put him on trial, and eventually hanged him in front of a large crowd just outside Stuttgart. He is most often remembered today through a vicious Nazi propaganda movie made about him in 1940 at the behest of Joseph Goebbels.  In this talk, Professor Yair Mintzker will discuss his compelling new account of Oppenheimer's notorious trial, the unusual method he adopted in writing it, and the relevance of the story of "Jew Süss" in modern America.

SPEAKER:  Professor Yair Mintzker is the author of The Defortification of the German City, 1689-1866 (2012), which tells the story of the metamorphosis of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German cities from walled to defortified (open) places. His second book, The Many Deaths of Jew Süss (2017), is a retelling of the trial and execution of Joseph Süss Oppenheimer, the notorious “Jew Süss.”


Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

THE ORIGINAL SIN OF EUROPE'S DARK TWENTIETH CENTURY: (RE) INTEGRATING THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE INTO EUROPEAN AND WORLD HISTORY

Our knowledge of the Armenian Genocide and of what it meant for the world at the time has been expanding rapidly in recent years. Stefan Ihrig shows that it also provoked intense debates in Germany after World War I – to such an extent that we can clearly identify a larger and true genocide debate taking place there over the course of a few years. Many Germans came to the wrong conclusions though: for German nationalists and the Nazis the Armenian Genocide presented core lessons on ethnic policies and the international order. By virtue of its reception and the debates it provoked the Armenian Genocide, thus was part of the prehistory of the Shoah. What does this mean for our understanding of the twentieth century? In this lecture Ihrig will develop some ideas on how we must rethink some core notions of the history of the last century.