Annual Scholars’ Conference: 2014 Conference

The 44th Annual Scholars’ Conference
on the Holocaust and the Churches

Remembering for the Future:
Armenia, Auschwitz and Beyond
March 8-11, 2014
Los Angeles, California

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2014 Eternal Flame Award Recipient, Dr. Stephen D. Smith

2014 Eternal Flame Award Recipient, Dr. Stephen D. Smith

Dr. Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education (right) with Dr. Marcia Sachs Littell, VP, Annual Scholars’ Conference.

A Gathering of Some of the Conference Participants

A Gathering of Some of the Conference Participants

Scholars’ Conference Group – Prof. Richard Hovannisian, UCLA with Prof. Richard Dekmejian, USC (center) (Back) Dennis Klein, Kean University; Edward Gaffney, Valparaiso University School of Law; Marc Mamigonian, Nat’l Assoc. for Armenian Studies & Research; Stefan Ionescu, Chapman University (Front) Ishkhan Chifjian, Hamburg University; Lillian Hussong, Richard Stockton College; Arda Melkonian, UCLA; Rubina Peroomian, UCLA; Hovanissian, Dekmejian; Doris Melkonian, UCLA; Khachtur Gasparyan, Yereven State Medical University; Ludmilla Leibman, Boston University + Educational Bridge Project; Sona Haroutyunian, University of Venice; Mariam Frangulyan.

Henry B. Morgenthau, IV

Henry B. Morgenthau, IV

Henry B. Morgenthau, IV – Great Grandson of Henry Morgenthau, Sr., who was a lawyer, investor & leader in the Reform Jewish community in New York + US Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire (1913-1916); he resigned due to his opposition of the Armenian Genocide.

Henry Knight, President, Annual Scholars’ Conference.

Henry Knight, President, Annual Scholars’ Conference.

Sunday Evening Public Program – “Sexual Abuse of Women in the Holocaust”

Sunday Evening Public Program – “Sexual Abuse of Women in the Holocaust”

Sunday Evening Public Program – Speakers included: Lois Hecht Oppenheim, AJU; Rochelle Saidel, Remember the Women Institute; Sonja Hedgepeth, Middle Tennessee State University.

Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

David Patterson, University of Texas, Dallas; Michael Berenbaum, Host Chairman, Annual Scholars’ Conference & Professor, AJU & Sigi Ziering Institute; Richard L. Rubenstein, University of Bridgeport. Click on image to view full photo.

Renee Firestone, Public Speaker & Holocaust Survivor (Auschwitz).

Renee Firestone, Public Speaker & Holocaust Survivor (Auschwitz).

Rubina Peroomian, UCLA

Rubina Peroomian, UCLA

Rubina Peroomian, UCLA, speaks at the conference.

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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”
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The 44th Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches
Remembering for the Future: Armenia, Auschwitz and Beyond American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California on March 8-11, 2014. Two graduate students from the Holocaust Studies Program will be presenting papers. read more


Article Published by a PhD Student in the Holocaust Studies Program
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.” read more