Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Students talking at Graduate Conference

2013-2014 Events

Free and Open to the Public

17 April, 2014
7:30 p.m. Tilton Hall, University Center

On Truth and Memoirs: The Case of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Army
Taner Akçam

Scholars of the Armenian Genocide and the Turkish media are embroiled in a vigorous debate over the authenticity of a single memoir. The memoir was written by an Armenian man, Sarkis Torossian, a member of the Ottoman military, who left after learning of the murder of his family by the Ottoman regime. Professor Taner Ak çam (Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, Clark University) will provide an overview of why and how this one document has become the focus of so much discussion.


2 April, 2014
4:15 p.m. Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House

Antisemitism and Catholicism in Postwar Poland

Brian Porter-Szűcs
Professor Brian Porter-Szűcs (University of Michigan) will talk about Polish antisemitism after 1945 drawing on his new book Poland in the Modern World: Beyond Martyrdom, which moves beyond the familiar emphasis on Polish tragedy and suffering, and contextualize modern Polish history within a global framework.


13 March, 2014
7:30 p.m. Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House

Lies, Truth, and Fiction: The Holocaust in Literature

Ruth Franklin
Ruth Franklin, Contributing Editor at the New Republic, will explore the limits of the statement, "Literature is art and memoir is fact" in the context of Holocaust memoirs and literature.  Can literature help us understand the truth of atrocity?  Is memoir as straightforward and truthful as it seems at first glance?  Franklin first explored these ideas in her 2011 book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction.  Her lecture is part of the "Critical History" Lecture series exploring "Truth in History."


13 November, 2013
4:15 p.m. Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House

The Nature of German Anti-Semitism during the Third Reich 

Thomas Kohut

Professor Thomas Kohut (Williams College) will analyze the psychological nature of German antisemitism using findings from his current research as well as his recent book, A German Generation: An Experiential History of the Twentieth Century.