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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education

June 1, 2011 (Volume 1, Issue 7)

University of Northern Iowa

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 Volume 1  •  Issue 7  •  June 1, 2011


Teaching About the Holocaust and the Iowa Core Curriculum
Wednesday, June 15, 8:00-5:30
Innovative Teaching and Technology Center, UNI

Workshop funded and led by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for Iowa teachers of social studies. 


The front pages of 15 American newspapers printed between 1933 and 1946 have been packaged into an educational resource about the Holocaust. Upstart Ideas created The Holocaust: A Remembrance with assistance from RetroGraphics Publishing, an American company that reproduces archived newspapers and other memorabilia. “A resource like this serves as a tool to educate and also to refute some of the misconceptions, lies and distortions about the Holocaust, mainly that no one knew what was happening,” says Michael Eglash, president and founding partner of Upstart Ideas. Copies of The Holocaust: A Remembrance can be ordered Click here to read “Front-Page Proof,” Joshua Hamerman’s review in The Jerusalem Post of the book.

Holocaust education state profile: South Dakota

Like many states, South Dakota has no legislation on the teaching of the Holocaust. The current content standards for social studies and for language arts contain no explicit references to the Holocaust. For the most recent statement of standards, supporting skills and examples, go to


 Note: Issue 8 (June 15, 2011) will contain a set of articles on the arrest and extradition to The Hague of Ratko Mladic.

North Sudan Takes Contested Town on South Border
The northern Sudanese army has seized a strategic town along Sudan’s contested north-south border in a serious military escalation that has the potential of igniting an all-out civil war, Western officials said on May 22. The southern part of Sudan is gearing up to declare independence in July and both northern and southern Sudan claim Abyei, making it one of the most combustible issues between the two sides. The Abyei area produces a small amount of oil but more than that, it has become a potent, emotional symbol for both northern and southern Sudanese. It has been called Sudan’s Jerusalem because of the difficulties of resolving its status. Read more:

Germans Delve into Sins of Nazi Grandparents
Germans have for decades confronted the Nazi era head-on, paying billions in compensation, meticulously teaching Third Reich history in school, and building memorials to victims. But most Germans have skirted their own possible family involvement in Nazi atrocities. Now, more than 65 years after the end of Hitler's regime, an increasing number of Germans are trying to pierce the family secrets. Read more:

Demjanjuk in Munich (Op-Ed Piece)
LAST week a German court in Munich found John Demjanjuk guilty of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder, one for each of the Jews exterminated during the six months that he worked as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Poland. The Demjanjuk trial will probably be the last Holocaust war crimes trial to grab the world’s attention.

Coincidentally, this year is the 50th anniversary of the trial of Adolf Eichmann, a case that, in its significance, appears to dwarf the Demjanjuk proceedings. But while Eichmann did play a larger role in the Holocaust than Mr. Demjanjuk, we must resist the conclusion that one is more significant than the other. Indeed, the Demjanjuk trial, as much as the Eichmann case, has volumes to teach us about the complex relationship between genocide and justice. Read more: http://www

Denying Nazi Charges, Renault Family Members Seek Redress from France
Nearly 70 years after Louis Renault died in a French prison, accused of having collaborated with the Nazis, the pioneering automaker’s grandchildren are seeking to restore his reputation — and gain compensation for what they say was the illegal confiscation of his car company by the state. Family members have seized on a new law that allows individuals to challenge the constitutionality of government actions in the courts. Read more:

Holocaust Survivors Again Seek Insurance Claims
Sixty-six years after she survived the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, Renee Firestone is still trying to find out what became of an insurance policy that she suspects her father, who died in the Holocaust, took out from an Italian insurer before the war. Ms. Firestone, 87, expected resistance from the insurance companies that fielded claims from many thousands of Holocaust survivors and their heirs. What she did not foresee, said Ms. Firestone, a naturalized American citizen from Czechoslovakia who became a fashion designer in Los Angeles, was the opposition from her own government — including the State Department and Congress — to her getting her day in court. Read more: http://www

Judges Hearing Karadžic Case at ICTY Visit Sarajevo
Judges at the United Nations tribunal conducting the genocide trial of the wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžic today began a five-day site visit to Sarajevo, the subject of a notorious and protracted siege during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. Read more: http://www .asp?NewsID=38412&Cr=Bosnia&Cr1=

Serbia State TV Apologises for Milosevic-Era Propaganda
Two decades after its reporting helped fuel the worst bloodshed in Europe since the second world war, Serbia's state-run television has apologised to viewers throughout the former Yugoslavia for serving as the key propaganda tool of Slobodan Milosevic in the 1990s. Radio Television of Serbia— or RTS—said in a statement posted on its website that the station's programmes were "almost constantly and heavily abused" by Milosevic's regime with the aim of discrediting his political and ethnic opponents and spreading the official propaganda. The broadcaster "apologises to the citizens of Serbia and those of neighbouring countries who were subject to insult, slander and what would now be termed as hate speech", the statement added. Read more:

Responsibility to Protect: The Lessons of Libya
For those who back muscular humanitarian intervention, both the words and deeds of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi provided absolute moral clarity. “Come out of your homes, attack [the opposition] in their dens,” he told his supporters on February 22nd. He called the protesters “cockroaches” and “rats” who did not deserve to live: language chillingly reminiscent of the broadcasts of Radio Mille Collines, which spurred on the perpetrators of Rwanda’s genocide in 1994. As he spoke, his forces had set their sights on Benghazi, their adversaries’ stronghold. According to Human Rights Watch, a New York-based group, government forces had already killed 233 people in the preceding week. A bloodbath beckoned, in a city of 700,000 people. The United Nations Security Council invoked a fateful formula, urging the regime to meet its “responsibility to protect” its people. On March 17th the council, “expressing its determination to ensure the protection of civilians”, ordered air strikes. Read more:

ECCC to Start Landmark Trial on June 27
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has set June 27 as the start date for a highly-anticipated trial of four top former Khmer Rouge leaders accused of genocide and other crimes in the 1970s. The defendants are "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, former foreign minister Ieng Sary, his wife and ex-social affairs minister Ieng Thirith, and former head of state Khieu Samphan. The four face charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and related crimes under Cambodian law over the deaths of up to two million people from starvation, overwork and execution during the movement's 1975-19 rule. The genocide charges relate specifically to the deaths of Vietnamese people and ethnic Cham Muslims under the totalitarian regime. Read more: http://www .rnw .nl/international-justice/article/eccc-start-landmark-trial-june-27

Top Rwanda Genocide Suspect Seized in Congo
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested one of the masterminds of Rwanda's 1994 genocide, a United Nations court handling their cases said on Wednesday, May 25. The Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said Bernard Munyagishari, a former Hutu militia leader, was wanted on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, including rape. Read more:  

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