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Saints and Liars: American Relief and Rescue Workers during the Nazi Era

Thursday, October 18, 5:00 PM

Harris Hall 108

A number of Americans — Quakers, Unitarians, Jews, secular people — traveled around the globe to offer relief and to rescue victims of Nazi Germany and its allies. Who were these intrepid souls who perceived possibilities for action where so many of their fellow citizens saw none? What did they accomplish and how? Exploring the experiences of Americans who undertook these initiatives and the imperiled people they helped, Professor Debórah Dwork (Senior Research Scholar and Founding Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University) opens a window on the derring-do and the daily grind of desperate rescue operations.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies; for additional information, visit their website.

Did Gender Matter during the Holocaust?

Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Annual Lecture

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 4:00 PM

Marion Kaplan is the Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York University and author of Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany. One of three books by Kaplan to have won the National Jewish Book Award, this volume, published in 1998, was among the first to explore how gender influenced individual and collective Jewish responses to Nazi policy. Since then, research on gender and the Holocaust has proliferated. Join us as Kaplan discusses the state of the field before and since the release of her pivotal and seminal work. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Americans and the Holocaust: An Exhibition at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Tuesday, March 6, 5:00 PM, Harris Hall 108 (1881 Sheridan Road)

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, along with the Department of History, is pleased to celebrate the work of our colleague Daniel Greene, who is curating a new exhibition on Americans’ responses to the Holocaust at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Greene will discuss the exhibition and his contributions to it.

This lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception.

The Criminalization of Kindness: Forced Migration and Sanctuary from World War II until the Present

Tuesday, January 30, 5:00 PM in Harris Hall 108

A Polish refugee family in Warsaw, September 1939

The Holocaust Educational Foundation, in partnership with the Buffett Institute for Global Studies and the Department of History, is pleased to present the panel discussion “The Criminalization of Kindness: Forced Migration and Sanctuary from World War II until the Present.” The panel will feature Prof. Galya Ben-Arieh, “Sanctuary, Solidarity, and Sanctions: Civilian Assistance for Refugees and State Responses in the U.S. and Italy”; Benjamin Frommer, “Emigration, Flight, and Internal Resettlement during the Holocaust”; and Lauren Stokes, “Sanctuary Evanston: Refugees in The Daily Northwestern, from the 1930s to Now.”

This lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

Apply for the 2018 Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University (HEF of NU) is pleased to invite applications for fellowships to participate in the 23rd Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization from June 25 – July 6, 2018 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. HEF of NU’s renowned Summer Institute is an intensive two-week course of study designed to broaden and deepen the background knowledge of current and prospective Holocaust educators. Over the past two decades the Summer Institute at Northwestern has graduated more than 500 scholars who have gone on to teach about the Holocaust at universities around the world. The program is open to faculty and graduate students who are planning to teach Holocaust-related courses at institutions of higher education.  We welcome applications from those who are new to the field and experienced scholars looking to broaden their interdisciplinary perspective. Every year, HEF of NU accepts approximately 25 Fellows. Fellowships cover the costs of room, board, and tuition. Fellowships do not cover travel or assigned books.

All applications must be received by February 15, 2018.

The Institute is taught by leading scholars in the field. Topics include: the religious history of European Jewry; the history of the Holocaust; the Holocaust in art, film and literature; gender during and after the Holocaust; Jewish responses to persecution; recent methodological and historiographical approaches to the Holocaust; and Holocaust pedagogy.  Faculty for the 2017 Summer Institute are: Professors Roger Brooks, Christopher Browning, Sarah Cushman, Benjamin Frommer, Daniel Greene, Sabine Hake, Dagmar Herzog, Paul Jaskot, George Mastroianni, Juergen Matthaus, Erin McGlothlin, and Barry Trachtenberg.

By February 15, 2018, applicants should submit electronically: (1) a letter explaining their interest and experience in Holocaust studies and their plans for teaching a Holocaust course, (2) a curriculum vitae, and, (3) in the case of graduate students and recent PhDs, a letter of recommendation.  Applications should be submitted using the online form; letters of recommendation should be emailed with the subject line “Summer Institute 2018 Recommendation for Name of Student″ to: hef@northwestern.edu

Apply for a Sharon Abramson Research Grant

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University (HEF) is pleased to announce the 2018 Sharon Abramson Research Grant competition.  HEF will award five grants of up to $4,000 to support research related to the Holocaust of European Jewry. Graduate students in PhD programs who have completed their qualifying exams and university/college faculty at all levels whose research centers on the Holocaust are eligible for this grant. We encourage applications in all disciplines. Grants are for support of activities to be conducted between June 2018 and June 2019.  All applications must be received by February 1, 2018.

To apply please upload the following application materials using this online form:

  • A project statement (1500 word max.)
  • The applicant’s CV (4 pages max.)
  • A budget or indication of how the funds would be spent
  • Two letters of recommendation (emailed separately by recommenders to hef@northwestern.edu with the subject line “Sharon Abramson Research Grant Recommendation for Name of Applicant”)

HEF will notify awardees in March 2018.

Click here for a list of past recipients.

Representing Queer Lives under Nazism: Two Films, Twenty Years

Aimee and Jaguar screening: Thursday, Nov. 2, 6:30 PM

Panel discussion: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 8:15 PM

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, in partnership with Northwestern Hillel, the Women’s Center, and the department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, is pleased to present a panel discussion, “Representing Queer Lives under Nazism: Two Films, Twenty Years.” The panel discussion will feature Profs. Sarah M. Cushman, Danny M. Cohen, and Phyllis Lassner discussing two films, Bent and Aimee and Jaguar, that focus on the lives of LGBT individuals during the Third Reich. This event will take place in the Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201) at 8:15 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Polish “Blue Police” and the Extermination of the Polish Jews, 1939 – 1945

Monday, October 23 at 5:00 PM, Harris Hall 108

The Chabraja Center for Historical Studies and the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University present a lecture by Prof. Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa), “Polish ‘Blue Police’ and the Extermination of the Polish Jews, 1939 – 1945.”

The Polish “Blue” Police were created by the Germans shortly after the conquest of Poland.  The organization, which numbered some 20,000 officers was, from the early days of the occupation, responsible for the enforcement of various German regulations directed against the Polish Jews such as branding, restrictions on the usage of public transportation, curfews, registration of Jewish property, supervision of Jewish forced labor as well as the resettlement of Jews into the ghettos. (more…)

HEF Statement after Charlottesville

As an organization that advances education about the Holocaust, the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University strongly condemns the recent white supremacist terrorist attack in Charlottesville. We call out the lack of leadership from the highest levels, which has fostered an environment that continues to embolden antisemitic, racial, ethnic, and gender-based hatred and discrimination. As part of the hard work of rooting out bigotry in our daily lives, we encourage all to speak out against racist extremism, oppose policies that strip recent civil rights gains, and examine the incipient bias that permeates our society.