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Against a global context of rising antisemitism and increasing levels of disinformation and hate speech, Holocaust education and remembrance are more urgent than ever. An accurate accounting of what happened before, during and after the Holocaust is integral to the process of healing and reconstituting individuals, community and systems of justice.

Holocaust Remembrance Week events at JMU will take place in January 2022. Join the conversation on social media using #JMUHolocaustRemembrance.

Join us for the events below to learn more about the past, present and future of Holocaust Remembrance and what you can do to create a more just world.

For more information, email civic@jmu.edu.

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Public Keynote Address: Dr. Oren Stier, "The Stakes of Holocaust Commemoration: Some Lessons for the 21st Century"

Join us for a public talk by Dr. Oren Stier, who will speak on "The Stakes of Holocaust Commemoration: Some Lessons for the 21st Century."

Holocaust memorialization takes a variety of forms. The first public commemorations of the Shoah were held even before World War II ended, and the culture of Holocaust remembrance has evolved ever since. Using examples from the US and Europe, this multimedia talk will ask what the public history of the Holocaust and its memory can teach us about civic engagement and today’s memorial landscape beyond the memory of World War II.

January 31st, 5 p.m., Wilson Hall Auditorium, James Madison University

Public Parking: Please park in the Mason Street Parking Deck on levels 3 through 5. Parking permit will NOT be necessary during the hours of 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm on January 31.

Registration REQUIRED. Click here to register.

Dr. Oren Baruch Stier is Director of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program and Professor of Religious Studies in the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs at Florida International University, where he also directs the Jewish Studies Certificate Program. The author or co-editor of three books, his research addresses Holocaust testimony, Jewish memory, Holocaust education, and the material and visual culture of the Shoah and its remembrance. Stier was a Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and has presented talks and workshops at the Association of Holocaust Organizations, TOLI (The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights), the Anne Frank Center, NY, and at many academic and community institutions. In 2020-21 he served on a Florida Department of Education expert group writing new statewide standards for Holocaust education. Stier teaches and lectures widely on the memory and representation of the Shoah as well as on issues in religion and violence and contemporary Jewish studies.

American Sign Language Interpreters will live translate the key note address.

Thank you for your interest in Holocaust programming.  If you would like to support future programs like this one, please direct your donation to the Department of History giving site. Under “Special Gift Instructions” on the Form, write “For Holocaust Studies and Education programming.”  Your donation will be directed to future Holocaust Studies Programming.

Sponsored by:  The Office of the Provost at JMU, JMU Civic, JMU College of Arts and Letters, JMU Libraries, the Gandhi Center for Nonviolence, JMU History and The Cohen Center for the Humanities at JMU.

Events & Resources for Holocaust Remembrance Week @JMU
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Jojo Rabbit: Film Screening and Discussion

Join JMU Civic, JMU Libraries and campus Hillel for a film screening of the Academy Award-winning "Jojo Rabbit" on January 25, 2022 at 6:00 pm in Grafton-Stovall Theatre. Hillel students will lead a discussion following the film.

 

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Out of the Darkness: A Holocaust Remembrance Day Exhibition Featuring Jewish Artists in the Madison Art Collection

In this special exhibition, the Lisanby Museum features the works of Ben Shahn and Marc Chagall, artists who incorporated their Jewish culture in their artwork. Through the Hebrew lettering and religious themes in Shahn’s activist artwork and the bright, colorful abstraction of Hasidic life in Chagall’s paintings, we invite you to explore how both artists processed the tragedies of the Holocaust as well as their internal reflection on faith.

Out of the Darkness: A Holocaust Remembrance Day Exhibition Featuring Jewish Artists in the Madison Art Collection offers a space of contemplation for all and a visual journey of persecution, resilience, and, ultimately, hope.

Exhibition curated and designed by Jennifer Weiss, Class of '22 and president of the JMU Hillel Counselorship. Graphic design by Shane Michaelson, Class of '24.

There is no admission fee for this exhibition, and parking passes may be arranged by contacting JMU Parking Services (Phone: 540.568.3300; located in the Champions Drive Parking Deck (280 Champions Dr.)

 

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In Memory: The Holocaust and Society

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, JMU Libraries has created a book display, In Memory: The Holocaust and Society for January 2022 created by Dr. Maura Hametz of JMU History and Malia Willey, Humanities Librarian.

 

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Words, Music, Memory

Now on display at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts courtesy of the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University, Words, Music, Memory: (Re)presenting Voices of the Holocaust is a ten-panel traveling exhibit and accompanying digital gallery guide that highlights links along the chain of commemoration that connects the past with the present and generation to generation.

The Cohen Center for the Humanities will be sponsoring a talkback session with curator Adina Langer, composer Lori Laitman, soprano Sheena Ramirez, and artists Julia Guevara and Martha Hemmingway at 6pm on Friday, January 28th. During this interactive presentation and Q&A, you will learn about the history of the poets and the genesis of the program. At 7pm, Dr. Sheena Ramirez (soprano), Dr. Jeanette Zyko (oboe/English horn), and Jeremiah Padilla will present a lecture-recital of Holocaust commemorative works by composers Lori Laitman and Laurence Sherr. Both events are free and open to the public and will take place at the Forbes Center Recital Hall.

Listen: Sheena Ramirez and Adina Langer join the Cohen Center for the Humanities at JMU to discuss their work with music and the Holocaust.

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