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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education


Spring 2007


January 8, 7:00 p.m., KAB Art Auditorium, Room 111
Curator’s Lecture

Irvin D. Ungar is Curator of the traveling exhibition Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk, which will be on view in the UNI Gallery of Art.  An Opening Reception will follow.


January 29, 10:00 a.m.
UNI Holocaust Remembrance and Education Series 

Live radio interview with Deborah Lipstadt on KHKE.


February 7, 2007, 7:00 p.m., Lang Auditorium

“History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving”

presented by Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Director of the Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Deborah Lipstadt will speak about her libel trial in London against David Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right-wing extremist.  Lipstadt's defense team demonstrated that all of Irving’s claims about the Holocaust being a myth were based on lies and distortions. 


February 15, 7:00 p.m., CEEE Auditorium / Lecture

Dr. Racelle Weiman, Executive Director, Institute for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue at Temple University in Philadelphia, will present a lecture in conjunction with the Dr. Seuss Wants You!exhibition at the UNI Museum.



April 16, 2007, 7:00 p.m., Lang Auditorium


Award-winning voice play written and performed by Henry Greenspan. The play explores the experience of living after the Holocaust. Dr. Greenspan is professor at the University of Michigan; playwright; author of On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Recounting and Life History and, with Agi Rubin, Reflections: Auschwitz, Memory, and a Life Recreated.

The performance is followed by a book signing and open reception. Sponsored by the College of Education. The event is free and open to the public.


April 10th at 10 a.m. 
Live radio interview with Henry Greenspan on KHKE.



Jan 8 — Mar 1, 2007  UNI Gallery of Art

Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk

An art exhibition and historical survey of the work of Arthur Szyk, a Polish immigrant to the U.S., who in the 1940s created propaganda art to call the world’s attention to Nazi atrocities in Europe while simultaneously advocating for social justice and civil liberties in America.


Jan.-May, 2007  UNI Museum / History Exhibit

“Dr. Seuss wants you!”

A traveling exhibition created by the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education and Thomas More College to present a little-known aspect of the works of Theodor Seuss Geisel – his numerous political cartoons and war-time efforts to address American isolationism, racism, and anti-Semitism.


These exhibitions represent a partnership between UNI Museums and the UNI Gallery of Art under the project title Illuminations of the Holocaust, which is sponsored in part by Humanities Iowa and Veridian Credit Union.


Film Series at the Hearst Center for the Arts

January 23, 7:00 p.m., Hearst Center for the Arts

Triumph of the Will (1935)

One of the best-known examples of propaganda in film history,Triumph of the Will documents the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremburg.  Using an array of cinematic techniques, director Leni Riefenstahl portrays Germany’s return to greatness and the adoration of Adolph Hitler (who is listed in the credits as one of the producers).  In German, with English subtitles. Running time: 120 minutes.


February 22, 7:00 p.m., Hearst Center for the Arts

Why We Fight (1943)

Director Frank Capra was commissioned to produce a series of films to explain the government’s policy to U.S. troops.  Among the many talents collaborating in the production of these seven films--of which we will show “The Battle of Russia”--were director John Huston, journalist William Shirer, and the Disney Studios.  Running time: 83 minutes.


March 29, 7:00 p.m., Hearst Center for the Arts

The Nasty Girl (1991)

Directed by Michael Verhoeven, this film is based on the true story of a young woman in a German town who discovers, while writing an essay for a contest, that the clergy and businessmen who, she was told, had stood up to Nazi terror, had in fact acted quite differently.  As she continues her research, she and her family become the targets of abuse and threats.  In German, with English subtitles.  Running time: 94 minutes.  Adult language and content.

All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, please visit <> or call 319-273-2725.


Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony

April 16, 2007, 6:00 – 6:40 p.m., Central Ballroom A, Maucker Union 

Yom Ha’Shoah Commemoration

Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, organized in collaboration with the Sons of Jacob Synagogue in Waterloo. The ceremony will involve participants of different faiths and backgrounds. We will light candles to pay tribute to the victims, liberators and rescuers of the Holocaust as well as victims of other genocides. The event is free and open to the public.

Fall 2007

Concert Performance

September 16, 2007   2:00 p.m., Davis Hall, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

Chamber Music Concert presented in conjunction with Music from the End of Time

Hindemith: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Haas: Suite for Piano, Op. 13
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

This performance continues the successful chamber music collaboration between Jason Weinberger and WCFSO Principal Cello Jonathan Chenoweth. Jason and Jonathan, along with guests Sean Botkin (piano) and WCFSO co-concertmaster Anita Tucker, will revisit the unusual story surrounding the genesis of Olivier Messiaen’s 1941 masterpiece Quartet for the End of Time. A special lighting and sound environment in Davis Hall will combine with Messiaen’s deeply spiritual music to transport the audience to the work’s first performance at the Stalag VIIIA prisoner-of-war camp in Germany. The program will also feature shorter works by important Holocaust-era composers including Pavel Haas, a gifted Jewish musician who perished at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944.

Tickets are $12.00 and may be purchased by calling (319) 273-4TIX or at



October 17, 2007, 7:00 p.m., Schindler Education Center 244/245

"Resistance as a Response to German Oppression:  A Comparative Approach"

Nechama Tec, Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Stamford, Connecticut, will discuss her current research project, a comparative examination of Jewish and non-Jewish resistance groups under German occupation. She will describe how this project grew out of her Holocaust research and teaching. The focus of this presentation will be on pervasive views about Jewish resistance and why the validity of these views can be determined only through systematic comparative research of Jewish and non-Jewish resistance groups, their differences and similarities, and the conditions under which they emerged.  


"Jewish Survival Through Work and Bribery: The Case of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps"

Christopher R. Browning, Frank Porter Graham Professor of History, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, will examine the survival strategies of the Jews in the region of Wierzbnik-Starachowice who bribed German officials to create factory jobs in the Starachowice steel and munitions plants, then bribed German officials again to obtain the individual work cards for themselves and their families that spared them from deportation to Treblinka. Work and bribery were thus essential means of survival for those who were incarcerated in the Starachowice factory slave labor camps between October 1942 and July 1944.


October 18, 2007, 7:00 p.m., Schindler Education Center 244/245
Public Discussion Forum with Holocaust Scholars Nechama Tec and Christopher Browning

Using their current projects on Jewish and non-Jewish resistance and on the Starachowice Slave Labor Camps, the two scholars will describe how their disciplines of sociology and history inform their research. They will also discuss the problems they have confronted in using oral testimony and written records to understand the Holocaust, as well as their collaborative efforts on a new book in which they use a series of letters to shed light on both the victims and the perpetrators of the Holocaust.  


November 6, 2007, 7:00 p.m.,  Seerley Hall 115

RESCHEDULED FOR: November 8, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Seerley Hall 115

“Holocaust Memory and Jewish Identity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Ukrainian Shtetls 
Anna Kushkova, Ethnology Department, “Petersburg Judaica” Center, European University at St. Petersburg, Russia, will discuss life and culture of the shtetls (Yiddish for “little towns”) and their importance for the identity of Eastern European Jews. Using materials collected through field research conducted from 2004 through 2007 in three former shtetls in Ukraine, she will also explore how the current residents of these communities remember and document the Holocaust in narrative practices, and how their narratives are modified for different audiences --such as Jewish charity organizations, local authorities, and researchers—in the post-Soviet era.


Film Series: Resistance during the Holocaust

September 27, 2007   7:00 p.m.  Hearst Center for the Arts
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days  (2005)
This is the true story of one of the members of White Rose, a German student-led underground resistance movement in Munich, is brought to thrilling life in this multi-award winning drama. Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl’s life: a heart-stopping journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence. In German with English subtitles.  Running time: 117 minutes.


October 25, 2007    7:00 p.m.  Hearst Center for the Arts
Unlikely Heroes (2003)
Produced by Oscar-winning Moriah Films of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, this documentary is a moving and fascinating look at lesser-known profiles in courage: a rabbi's son disguised as a high-ranking Nazi, a therapist teaching children to secretly draw and paint to escape the camp’s horrors, Polish sisters in Auschwitz smuggling gunpowder from a munitions factory to blow up a crematorium, a young French boy surviving by performing songs for fellow Jews and Nazis alike who later changed his name to Robert Clary, of "Hogan's Heroes" fame. Directed by Richard Trank. Running time: 120 minutes.


November 29, 2007    6:00 p.m.  Hearst Center for the Arts
Uprising (2001)
In the first American film to dramatize the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943, where an underground resistance movement of Polish Jews held off the Nazis longer than did the entire country of Poland, noted director Jon Avnet maintains a sense of courage and hope amidst the palpable horror of the Ghetto, combining physical and historical accuracy with intimate character details. Hank Azaria leads an all-star cast including David Schwimmer, Leelee Sobieski, Donald Sutherland and Jon Voight.  Running time: 180 minutes.


All events except the September 16 concert are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit or call 319 273-2725.


Series poster and brochure designed by Roy R. Behrens, Graphic Design Program, UNI Department of Art. Holocaust image copyright © by Roy R. Behrens.