News and Events
The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies will be presenting a series of lectures given by our three endowed professors this spring:
March 30th – “‘Does the angel of freedom guard their great dream?’ Poetry and the Holocaust”
Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth
April 6th – “Stolen Art That Was Never Returned”
Dr. Nils Roemer
April 13th – “The Book Thief’s Reply to ‘Why the Jews?’”
Dr. David Patterson
For more information, please click here.
Call for Papers: Journal of Culture and Religion
Journal of Culture and Religion is open to submissions from fields of religious and cultural studies. Cultural studies are understood in their widest sense and encompass media and cultural studies, women’s studies, history, music studies, identity studies, etc. For more information, please visit their website
The 2014 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators at USHMM July 13-15
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host the 2014 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators in two sections this July at the Museum. The English Language Arts section runs July 13-15 and the Social Studies section runs July 16-18. The conference is free of charge and open to secondary educators, community college faculty, and university faculty who are interested in teaching about the Holocaust in core content and methodology courses. Educators of all levels of experience in teaching about the Holocaust are welcomed to attend.
To register online and for more information about the conference, please visit http://www.ushmm.org/educators/professional-events-and-resources/belfer-educators-conference.
Film Screening: “Facing the Nazi Era: Conversations in Southern Germany”
This 2008 documentary by Dallas writer, editor, and filmmaker Lucy McCauley recounts the legacy of WW2 and the Holocaust through the lens of German non-Jews, aged 18 to 84, in a small German town where a re-emerging Jewish community is making efforts to engage the community at large. The film was shown at the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, where it was described as, “A very real and uniquely honest conversation….McCauley has an uncanny ability to draw her subjects in and we, the viewers, benefit from the open and surprisingly candid results.”
McCauley made the film while accompanying her husband, UTD Professor Charles Bambach, on a Fulbright sabbatical. Both McCauley and Bambach will be in attendance for a Q&A discussion following the screening. The event is free and open to the public.
2014 Article Prize Competition - Dapim – Studies on the Holocaust
The academic journal Dapim – Studies on the Holocaust has announced the 2014 Article Prize Competition. Submissions are invited in all areas of Holocaust Studies. A prize of $600 will be awarded to the best article as selected by a panel of judges. The competition is open to graduate students as well as established scholars who are working on the history of the holocaust and its aftermath. Articles may cover the era of the Holocaust broadly from the prewar history to current events, and focus on topics such as Nazi policies against the Jews and other racial and genocidal programs, Jewish responses to Nazism (in and outside of Europe), anti-Semitism, racism, Nazi propaganda, ghettos and camps, European collaboration, war crimes trials, survivor testimony, memorialization and museology, etc.
Guidelines for submission are available at http://holocaust-center.haifa.ac.il/index.php/dapim-journal-studies-on-the-holocaust/33-submission-of-articles
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc., an international non-profit organization headquartered in New York, has an immediate opening for a Historian. Please click here for more information.
After the Danube Ran Red: A Conversation with Holocaust Survivor and Renowned Scholar Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth
Belofsky Fellow Sarah Valente presented “After the Danube Ran Red: A Conversation with Holocaust Survivor and Renowned Scholar Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth” at the "Holocaust in Hungary: 70 Years On" Conference at Florida Gulf Coast University on March 18th.
Documentary Series: "The Story of the Jews"
Simon Schama, a British historian, documentarian, and contributing editor to the Financial Times, is the host for “The Story of the Jews,” a five-part documentary series produced in the United Kingdom for the BBC, and that will air on PBS March 25 and April 1 at 8 p.m. For more information, please click here.
Jessica Braccio, who is currently in her second year of her PhD with a concentration in History of Ideas, has had her article entitled “The Destruction of Jewish Femininity and Motherhood in Auschwitz” published in the current issue of the study and research scientific journal “Holocaust.”
This paper examines Sara Nomberg-Przytyk’s True Tales from a Grotesque Land to show that two very strong motifs emerge: the assault and destruction of Jewish Femininity (and general) and motherhood. The assault on femininity manifests through the degradation of the human body, promoting a loss of dignity, even at times at the hands of other women. Arguably, then, the attacks on femininity are also an attack on motherhood. In both cases the ultimate goal for the Nazis was to destroy Jewish culture.
To supplement my argument, I use the theoretical works of Judith Butler and R.W.Connell in my analysis of the destruction of femininity not only of the Jewish prisoners but also the Jewish guards in Auschwitz. I draw on Butler’s ideas regarding the destruction of gender norms (as they apply to women), as well as R.W. Connell’s views hegemonic and subordinate masculinities as they apply to femininity. The eventual degradation of femininity leads to the destruction of Jewish motherhood. To further explain this phenomenon, I employ the theoretical work of David Patterson, who contends that the Nazis knowingly attacked Jewish motherhood because the Jewish belief in God the Mother is intimately connected to God the Father. To destroy the mother, is thus an attack on the Jewish God. Additionally, the paper shows that the Nazis attempted to eradicate Jewish motherhood by destroying what is most precious to the Jewish people, children.
This program is supported by the Albert Abramson Family Foundation.
Call for Fellows
The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University is inviting applications for fellowships to participate in the nineteenth annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization from June 22 to July 3, 2014, at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. For further information, please visit their website.
24th Annual Conference: Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies
July 20-22, 2014
Please check back periodically for announcements about upcoming events, conferences, and other relevant information.