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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education

March 1, 2011 (Volume 1, Issue 1)

University of Northern Iowa


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 Volume 1  •  Issue 1  •  March 1, 2011


Welcome to the inaugural edition of the electronic newsletter news exCHanGE, produced by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Each edition of this newsletter will include announcements, information for educators and a news digest of current events related to the Holocaust, genocide and human rights issues. In future issues, we hope to include links to opinion pieces and other articles written specifically for the readers of news exCHanGE.

We hope you will subscribe to news exCHanGE and help us reach others by bringing this newsletter to the attention of your colleagues, friends and acquaintances. Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome as we try to make news exCHanGE a timely, relevant and thought-provoking publication.

Stephen J. Gaies
Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education


Presentation on South Sudan, the World's Newest Nation

Tuesday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Sabin Hall 2, UNI
Jekow Olieny, a UNI student from Maiwut, South Sudan, will speak and answer questions on the background and significance of the recent vote for independence for South Sudan. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by UNI-STAND.

Presentation on the Congo
Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Curris Business Building 109, UNI
Claude Gatebuke and Kambale Musavuli, from the New York-based organization Friends of the Congo, will speak about current crises in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by UNI-STAND.

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 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has online resources for educators who want to teach about the Holocaust. These include a rationale ("Why teach about the Holocaust?"), guidelines, a list of essential topics, common student questions, as well as lessons, activities and teacher guides.

Google has entered a partnership with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem, to make Yad Vashem’s collection of photographs and documents (more than 130,000 images in full resolution) available (and searchable) on the web.


The Genocide Education Project to Create Rhode Island Curriculum
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities has awarded almost $9,000 to support the creation, for secondary school teachers, of a teaching kit and training workshops on the Armenian Genocide that draw on the experiences of Armenian Genocide survivors who sought asylum in Rhode Island. Read more...

Auschwitz Decays, Prompting Preservation Effort
Auschwitz is crumbling — the world's most powerful and important testament to Nazi Germany's crimes falling victim to age and mass tourism. Now guardians of the memorial site are waging an urgent effort to save what they can before it is too late. Read more...

Maria V. Altmann, Pursuer of Family Klimts, Dies at 94
Maria V. Altmann, a Jewish refugee who in her 80s waged a successful legal battle all the way to the United States Supreme Court to force the Austrian government to return paintings by Gustav Klimt that had been seized from her family by the Nazis, died on Monday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 94. Read more...

Sudan Leader to Accept Secession of South
With the announcement of final voting results, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan said Monday that his government would accept the choice of the long-embattled region of southern Sudan to separate from the north, setting the stage for the creation of the world's newest country this summer. Read more...

Sudan Expels French Medical Aid Group
Sudan has ordered a French medical aid agency out of South Darfur state, accusing the organization of supporting rebel forces and for releasing what it called false rape reports against forces loyal to the Khartoum government, according to state-run media. Read more...

Auschwitz Shifts From Memorializing to Teaching
For nearly 60 years, Auschwitz has told its own story, shaped in the aftermath of the Second World War. Now those in charge of passing along the legacy of this camp insist that Auschwitz needs an update. Its story needs to be retold, in a different way for a different age. Read more...

Rwanda Rebel Callixte Mbarushimana at International Criminal Court
Callixte Mbarushimana, a Rwandan rebel leader accused of "spreading terror" in Democratic Republic of Congo, has appeared before war crimes judges in The Hague. The Hutu rebel leader, yet to enter a formal plea, denies ordering his FDLR fighters to kill and rape civilians. The presence of Hutu rebel groups in DR Congo has been at the heart of years of unrest in the region. Read more...

Congo Colonel Gets 20 Years After Rape Trial
A Congolese court sentenced an army colonel to 20 years in prison Monday, convicting him of crimes against humanity in the highest-profile sexual violence case ever tried in this nation where thousands are brutally raped each year. The mobile court held in the lakeside village of Baraka marks the first time a commanding officer has been tried for such a crime. Read more...

Three guilty of attacking Bosnian war criminal Radislav Krstic
Three Muslim prisoners have been found guilty of a revenge attack on a Bosnian war criminal in Wakefield jail. Radislav Krstic, 62, was serving a 35-year sentence in the jail for his part in the killing of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995 when attacked. Read more...

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