Simon Wiesenthal, Nazi Hunter: The Man who Refused to Forget

The annual Lipman Lecture
Dr. Tom Segev
Thursday, Feb. 24, 7:00 pm, Pugh Center

Tom Segev is an Israeli historian, author and active journalist in the prestigious Israeli newspaper Haaretz. He has a PhD in history from Boston University and taught as a visiting professor at Rutgers University, University of Calfornia Berkeley, and Northwestern University. He is the author of many books including The Seventh Million: Israelis and the Holocaust; 1967: Israel, the War and the Year That Transformed the Middle East, and, most recently, his bestselling volume on the famous Nazi Hunter: Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends. The last book has been translated into several languages, received rave reviews and was listed by Dwight Garner of the New York Times as one of the top ten books of 2010.

Tom Segev will discuss his book as well as topics related to the Holocaust, Israel, and current affairs in the Middle East.

Holocaust Memory and Trauma in Film

Tuesday, March 29 — The Reader

Wednesday, March 30 — The Pawnbroker

Thursday, March 31 — Everything is Illuminated

Screenings will take place at 6:30 pm in Diamond 141. Each screening will be followed by a discussion.

This film series has been organized by students in Prof. Audrey Brunetaux’s course, “Holocaust Memory and Trauma.”


Not a Silent Generation: Post-War American Jews and the Memory of the Holocaust

The annual Berger Family Holocaust Lecture
Dr. Hasia R. Diner, New York University
Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 pm, Pugh Center

In the immediate years following the end of World War II, American Jews, through their communal institutions, went about the process of creating  a memorial culture which hallowed the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Text by text, artifact by artifact, and act by act, they experimented with words and deeds to both remember those who had been so ruthlessly killed and to affect changes in the Jewish world and in America. Rather than avoiding the catastrophe, as so many historians have asserted, American Jews considered themselves obliged to remember and to tell themselves, their children and the larger American world about what had happened.

Hasia Diner is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, where she directs the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History.  She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2010-11.  Her recent book, We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962, won the 2010 National Jewish Book Award for American Jewish Studies.

Message, Meaning and Form in Holocaust Monuments in Israel

Dr. Batya Brutin
Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 pm, Pugh Center

Clemens Kalischer: Displaced Persons

January 13 – June 12, Colby Museum of Art

In 1947 and 1948, Clemens Kalischer (b. 1921, Germany) photographed World War II refugees from Europe as they awaited immigration processing in New York City. These photographs became Kalischer’s Displaced Persons series, one of his first assignments as a young photojournalist. Having entered the United States via the same route in 1942, Kalischer understood his subjects well. Drawn from the Lunder Collection, this selection from the series shows travelers in varying states of weariness and expectancy at the threshold of a new life.

Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 pm — Artist’s talk with Clemens Kalischer
Upper Jetté Galleries, Colby Museum of Art


Susan Hiller: The J. Street Project

March 3 – June 12, Colby Museum of Art

After noticing a street in Berlin called Judenstrasse (Jews Street) in 2002, the artist Susan Hiller spent three years attempting to document all the places in Germany whose names still showed evidence of their former Jewish inhabitants. The J. Street Project includes an installation of 303 photographs, a 67-minute video, and a map and book documenting these sites.