After Auschwitz: Holocaust Symposium

Don't miss the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery's show of Holocaust paintings by Fritz Hirschberger—a joint exhibit with the Washington Pavilion. A Saturday, February 7th symposium around the Holocaust exhibitions will culminate in joint gallery receptions and keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Magilow, a former fellow of the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Ten additional scholars and artists from around the country will present and lead discussions on the Holocaust, and Augustana faculty will chair the panel sessions.

Fritz Hirschberger: The Fifth HorsemanFritz Hirschberger: The Fifth Horseman

Fritz Hirschberger (1912-2004) received his artistic training in Germany during the 1930's. As a Jew of Polish descent, he escaped Germany, only to be conscripted into the Polish army, sentenced to a Russian labor camp, then conscripted back into the military to fight in Palestine, North Africa, and later Italy. Most of his family died during the war. Only after decades of suppressing his Holocaust memories, Hirschberger began to confront ideas of history, memory, complicity, and what it means to be a survivor in two large series of paintings: The Fifth Horseman (to be shown at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana College through March 1st) and Indifference—the Sur-Rational Paintings (to be shown at the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center through March 8th).

After Auschwitz: The Memory, Meaning and Representation of the Holocaust Symposium

Saturday, February 7, 2009, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The community is invited to a free, day-long symposium on Saturday, February 7th, in conjunction with  Fritz Hirschberger's painting exhibition. Scholars and artists from across the country will give presentations and lead discussions about issues of understanding, representing, and teaching the Holocaust:

  • how do we remember, teach and study that which is said to be unrepresentable and to be beyond rational explanation?
  • how do artistic productions—visual, literary, theatrical, etc.—shape understanding of the Holocaust?
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum logohow can the Holocaust be re/presented to a contemporary world where genocide is a continuing reality?
  • how have recent genocide and terrorist events shaped or leant urgency to Holocaust studies?
  • what are the implications and weight of bearing witness and the experiences of survivors in the face of producing secondary knowledge and collective memory?

The symposium will culminate in joint gallery receptions of the Holocaust paintings of Fritz Hirschberger and a keynote address by former U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Fellow, Dr. Daniel Magilow, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

This symposium is funded in part by Augustana College’s Mellon Fund Committee, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation; and the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by the generosity of Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller.

Preliminary Schedule:

7:00-8:00 a.m. Conference Registration Center for Visual Arts atrium and Eide/Dalrymple Gallery (30th St. and Grange Ave.)    
8:00-9:45 a.m. Panel 1: History, Memory and the Holocaust: Current Scholarship and Interventions Kresge Recital Hall,
Humanities Center
   
9:45-10:00 a.m. morning break Eide/Dalrymple Gallery    
10:00-11:15 p.m. Panel 2: Teaching the Holocaust Kresge Recital Hall,
Humanities Center
   
11:30-12:30 p.m. lunch break Morrison Commons
dining hall, second floor
   
12:30-2:30 p.m. Panel 3: Understanding the Holocaust through Literature, Language, and Art Kresge Recital Hall,
Humanities Center
   
2:30-3:00 p.m. afternoon break, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery Reception Eide/Dalrymple Gallery (public reception will run 2-5 p.m.)    
3:00-4:15 p.m. Panel 4: Indoctrination, Resistance and Denial: Undergraduate Student Presentations Kresge Recital Hall,
Humanities Center
   
4:15-4:30 p.m. afternoon break, Eide/Dalrymple Gallery Reception Eide/Dalrymple Gallery (public reception will run 2-5 p.m.)    
4:30-5:30 p.m. Keynote: Dr. Daniel Magilow, Univ. of Tennessee (Knoxville) and former Fellow, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Kresge Recital Hall,
Humanities Center

   
5:00-7:00 p.m. evening reception at the
Washington Pavilion
Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center (301 S. Main Ave., downtown Sioux Falls)    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:00-9:45 a.m. Panel 1:
“History, Memory and the Holocaust: Current Scholarship and Interventions,” Dr. Peter Schotten, chair (Kresge Recital Hall, Humanities Center)

  • Dr. Michael Ryan, Professor of Historical Theology (retired), Drew University, “How Hitler Co-opted the Churches and Led the German People to War”
  • Dr. Karl Bahm, Department of Social Inquiry, University of Wisconsin-Superior, “Translating Vergangenheitsbewältigung: On the Merits of a Perpetrator-Focused Memory of Genocide”
  • Dr. Nadja Krämer, Assistant Professor for German, Minnesota State University, Mankato, “What is Torture? – Reflections by Jean Améry and the Contemporary Debate in the United States”
  • Dr. Peter Schotten, Professor of Government & International Affairs, Augustana College, "Adolf Eichmann, Hannah Arendt and the Banality of Reason"

10:00-11:15 a.m. Panel 2:
“Teaching the Holocaust, “ Dr. Geoff Dipple, chair (Kresge Recital Hall, Humanities Center)

  • Dr. Stephen J. Gaies, University of Northern Iowa, "The Necessity and Challenges of Comparing Genocides: Insights from an Upper-Division Undergraduate Genocide Studies Course"
  • Dr. Ulrich Frisse, University of Western Ontario, “Teaching the Holocaust as an academic subject in the 21 Century: Challenges and Opportunities”
  • Dr. Julie Ashworth, Augustana College, "Pieces of Peace: A Collection of Literacy-based Lessons for Young Peacemakers. K-8 lessons focused on teaching social justice and how to create a more peaceful world where diversity and equity are valued.”

12:30-2:30 p.m. Panel 3:
“Understanding the Holocaust through Literature, Language, and Art,” Dr. Murray Haar, chair (Kresge Recital Hall, Humanities Center)

  • Mr. Joseph Steinitz, Doctoral candidate, University of Iowa, “What Do You Mean? Metaphors and Understanding in Holocaust Survivor Testimonies.”
  • Mr. David Bailin, Instructor of Art, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, and Adjunct Professor of Art, Hendrix College, Conway, “The Ten”
  • Dr. Harry F. Thompson, Augustana College, “The Holocaust as Literary Text: Foucault and the Representation of History in The White Hotel and Time’s Arrow”
  • Dr. Gabrielle Popoff, University of Kentucky, “Once upon a time there was an SS officer”: Elsa Morante and the Holocaust”

3:00-4:00 p.m. Panel 4:
"Indoctrination, Resistance and Denial: Undergraduate Student Presentations," Dr. Geoff Dipple (Kresge Recital Hall, Humanities Center)

  • Dan Schoen, "Husseini and Hitler: The Politics of Anti-Semitism and Nationalism in Palestine"
  • Philip Mulder, "Music in the Holocuast: A Symphony of Spiritual Resistance"
  • Nina Dukich, "The Denial of the Holocaust: The Question of Anti-Semitism"
  • Jorgen Lervick, "Hitler's Scientist, Josef Mengele: The Angel of Death"
  • Cari Weinreis, "Everyday Cognition, the Ordinary Individual, and the Mind of Mass Murder"

4:30-5:30 p.m. Keynote address:
Dr. Daniel Magilow, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and former Fellow, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, “After Auschwitz: The Memory, Meaning and Representation of the Holocaust” (Kresge Recital Hall, Humanities Center)