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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education

June 15, 2011 (Volume 1, Issue 8)

University of Northern Iowa

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 Volume 1  •  Issue 8  •  June 15, 2011


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.


World ORT, founded in 1880 and now the world's largest Jewish education and vocational training non-governmental organization, has two valuable resources for teaching the Holocaust: “Learning about the Holocaust through Art” and the newly-launched “Music and the Holocaust.” “Music and the Holocaust” features more than 100 recordings and more than 300 articles written by a team of 20 academics, researchers and survivors.

The Documentation Center of Cambodia, established in 1997, is collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to increase genocide education in Cambodian schools. A History of Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979), published by the Center in 2007, and other materials will be the basis for teacher training. During the period 2011-2013, some 1,600 teachers receive training on methodology for teaching Democratic Kampuchea history. In addition, training will be offered to foundation-year lecturers at around 200 higher education institutions. The website of the Documentation Center of Cambodia provides access to a wide range of materials for teachers anywhere who are interested in educating students about the Cambodian Genocide.


The Persistence of Hate
A recent study on the persistence of anti-Semitism in Germany: Communities that murdered their Jewish populations during the 14th-century Black Death pogroms were more likely to demonstrate a violent hatred of Jews nearly 600 years later. A culture of intolerance can be very persistent indeed. The authors of the study, Nico Voigtländer of UCLA and Joachim Voth of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain, compared medieval anti-Semitism to more recent animosity toward Jews, the researchers combine historical records from Germania Judaica, which documented the Jewish communities of the Holy Roman Empire, with data on the rise of anti-Semitism under Hitler, collected in Klaus-Dieter Alicke's Encyclopaedia of Jewish Communities in German-speaking Areas. Read more...

Hans Keilson, Novelist of Life in Nazi-Run Europe, Dies at 101
Hans Keilson, a German-born psychoanalyst who won literary fame at the very end of his long life when two of his long-forgotten works of fiction, set in Nazi-occupied Europe, were republished to great acclaim, died on May 31 in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Read more...

Mietek Pemper, 91, Camp Inmate Who Compiled Schindler’s List
Mietek Pemper, who died in Augsburg, Germany, on June 7, was a Jewish prisoner from Krakow who had been forced to be the secretary of Amon Goeth, commandant of the Plaszow concentration camp. Goeth personally murdered hundreds during the course of World War II, and Mr. Pemper regarded his assignment as a death sentence. So Mr. Pemper, with nothing to lose, plotted against Mr. Goeth. His acts of defiance included typing the names on what became known as Schindler’s List, a roster of labor camp workers who were supposedly essential to the German war effort and who were thus spared almost certain extermination. Read more...

Geriatric and Genocidal: How Many Nazi War Criminals Are Still at Large?
Now that a German court has convicted John Demjanjuk of participating in the murder of more than 28,000 Jews at World War II death camps, how many Nazi war criminals are still at large? Probably hundreds. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group based in Los Angeles, publishes an annual report on the investigation, indictment, extradition, denaturalization and conviction of Nazi war criminals worldwide. Read more...

Tracing Holland’s Forgotten Kindertransport
The transportation of about 10,000 Jewish children to England aboard the Kindertransport is a well-known, if tragically short, episode in the years preceding the Holocaust. But what Miriam Keesing has discovered after three years of dogged research at The Hague is a story much less known—that of Holland’s brief role as a haven for Jewish children. Read more...

Amnesty International: Rwanda “Misusing Genocide Law to Curb Dissent”
Amnesty International called on Rwanda to stop using a law aimed preventing "genocide ideology" to stifle dissent and charge critics and journalists. The London-based watchdog said it was "concerned that despite Rwanda’s recognition of the shortcomings of the genocide ideology law, the authorities continue to use it to prosecute government critics, including journalists." Read more...

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