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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education

April 1, 2011 (Volume 1, Issue 3)

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 Volume 1  •  Issue 3  •  April 1, 2011


Congo Event: Film Screenings

Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m. 
Seerley Hall 115, UNI
Screening of two highly-acclaimed documentary films on sexual violence as a tool of war in Congo: “Fighting the Silence: Sexual Violence Against Women in Congo“ and “Weapon of War: Confessions of Rape in Congo.” This event is co-sponsored by UNI- STAND.

April 5 – June 4
Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum (Grout Museum District), Waterloo 
To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, the Grout Museum District and the CHGE are sponsoring an exhibit, “Pursuing Justice: Nuremberg’s Legacy.”. The exhibit was created by the Florida Holocaust Museum. Related events, including a presentation by Gregory S. Gordon, an expert in international humanitarian law and justice, and a film series on the Nuremberg Trials, have been organized. View a poster listing these events as well as information about the exhibit.

Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education Lecture
Monday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall, UNI 
"An Evening with Madame F." performance/lecture by Claudia Stevens. This event is free and open to the public.

Teaching About the Holocaust and the Iowa Core Curriculum
Wednesday, June 15, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 
Innovative Teaching and Technology Center, UNI
Workshop funded and led by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for Iowa teachers of social studies.


The CHGE invites Iowa schools to apply to host, at no cost, a traveling exhibit, “Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose,” created by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation (Davenport, IA) on the lives and experiences of young Jehovah’s Witnesses who suffered due to their refusal to accept Nazi ideology. The exhibit will be available for display for one or two weeks per school in October-November 2011 and in February-March 2012 at each of four middle or high schools in four different school districts.Click here for more information.

Social studies educators and students may be interested in a recent application of satellite imagery in the study of current events. The Satellite Sentinel Project--conceived by George Clooney--combines satellite imagery analysis and field reports with Google's Map Maker technology to deter the resumption of war between North and South Sudan. The Satellite Sentinel Project marks the first sustained, public effort to systematically monitor and report on potential hotspots and threats to security along a border, in near real-time (within 24-36 hours), with the aim of heading off humanitarian disaster and human rights crimes before they occur.

What are the challenges and responsibilities of portraying prominent figures in the Holocaust? Sir Ben Kingsley, who has played a range of Holocaust-related roles, including Simon Wiesenthal in Murderers Among Us, Itzhak Stern in Schindler's List, and Otto Frank in Anne Frank: The Whole Story, recently joined NPR's Scott Simon for a discussion in front of an audience at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Listen to an excerpt.


Still Crusading, but Now on the Inside
For nearly 20 years, since her days as a young war correspondent in Bosnia, Samantha Power has championed the idea that nations have a moral obligation to prevent genocide. Now, from her perch on the National Security Council, she is in a position to make that case to the commander in chief -- and to watch him translate her ideas into action. Read more... 

Chief Plaintiff in Landmark Genocide Case Dies at 95
Martin Marootian, a retired pharmacist who became the chief plaintiff in a landmark class-action suit against New York Life Insurance Company, died Friday of natural causes at his home in San Diego. Read more...

“War Don Don”: A Film About Bringing War Criminals to Justice in Sierra Leone
In 1991, the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) began a bloody insurgency against the government of Sierra Leone. Following an 11-year conflict, the U.N. and the re-instated Sierra Leonean government created a “Special Court” to seek justice against war criminals in a tribunal that combined international and state law. Rebecca Richman Cohen went to the Special Court on a fellowship to work for the defense. When she returned to the country several years later, she brought a film crew. The documentary that resulted from Cohen’s three-year stay is “War Don Don.” Read more...

Exploring the “Bloodlands”
In a new history of the 20th century’s worst crimes, Yale professor Timothy Snyder argues that the genocide of the Jews is only one chapter in a broader story: the targeting and mass murder of civilians between 1932 to 1945 in Eastern Europe -- today’s Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Western Russia and the Baltic States--where an extraordinary 14 million civilians were starved, shot or gassed. It is this concentrated period of mass death -- with the Holocaust as its horrifying crescendo -- that is “the central event” of European history. This vision of European history is already making waves among historians, in part for its very controversial challenge to how we have learned to talk about the Holocaust. Read more...

Israel, UNESCO to Promote Holocaust Education
An agreement was signed on March 7 in Paris between the State of Israel and UNESCO on the establishment of a center within the organization devoted entirely to developing and promoting Holocaust education and combating its denial worldwide. The new center will function in accordance with the resolutions adopted at the UN General Assembly in New York and UNESCO. Read more...

47% of Germans Think Israel Exterminating Palestinians
A think-tank affiliated with Germany’s Social Democratic Party issued a new report last week that revealed high levels of anti-Semitism in Germany, Poland and Hungary, as well as varying manifestations of racism, homophobia and prejudice in eight European countries. Read more...

“Lovely” Kentucky woman accused of horrific war crimes
The arrest of a Croatian woman in small-town Kentucky for alleged war crimes two decades ago in the former Yugoslavia "brings her long run from justice to an end," a U.S. marshal said. A complaint filed by U.S. Attorney James Arehart accuses Basic of committing crimes at three camps in the early 1990s near the majority-Serbian settlement of Cardak in Derventa in Bosnia. Read more...

DR Congo Fighters Sent to ICC as War Crimes Witnesses
Four former Democratic Republic of Congo militia fighters were transferred Sunday to the International Criminal Court in the Hague to appear as witnesses in war crimes trials, officials said. The four, who were being held in prison in Kinshasa, would testify in the trials of militia leaders Thomas Lubanga and Germain Katanga. Read more...

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