An Opera and Symposium Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

January 27th, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death, labour and concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and is the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

On this occasion, the UBC Opera Ensemble (School of Music), the Modern European Studies Program (Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies), UBC Library and the Witnessing Auschwitz International Seminar (Go Global) will join efforts to remember and honour the victims of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and to further interdisciplinary education about the Holocaust. Following a four-day symposium at the UBC Vancouver campus, UBC Opera will stage the Canadian premiere of Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera ‘The Passenger’.

https://auschwitz75.arts.ubc.ca/

UBC Library will house a special exhibit from January 15th to February 28th in The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

The invitation to the symposium is open to all UBC faculty, staff and students, as well as to the general public.

For more information please visit the web page  https://auschwitz75.arts.ubc.ca/

Tickets to the opera “The Passenger” are available at the UBC Opera Ticket Box (https://music.ubc.ca/opera-pasazerka-the-passenger).

Ziegler Lecture Series | Dr.Jacek Lachendro

“Auschwitz. From Liberation to State Museum”

26 September 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Buchanan Penthouse

Dr. Jacek Lachendro
Deputy Head, Auschwitz Birkenau Museum Research Centre

On January 27, 1945 the Red Army took over Auschwitz and liberated a few thousand remaining sick and exhausted prisoners. This lecture addresses the following: medical treatment for liberated prisoners in Soviet field hospitals and the Red Cross hospital, burials of the remains of the last victims of Auschwitz, committee documentation of German atrocities in Auschwitz, the soviet camps for German POWs, the 1945/46 transfer of the territories of Auschwitz to Polish administration, and the establishment of the Museum in 1947.

Information Session for Witnessing Auschwitz International Seminar in Poland (May 2019)

Witnessing Auschwitz International Seminar in Poland (May 2019)

Information sessions are:
Wednesday October 10 – 12pm – Room 1505 – UBC Life Building
Tuesday October 16 – 1pm   – Room 1504 – UBC Life Building

This course will examine representations of the Nazi Holocaust and related aspects of Nazi Germany by focusing on Auschwitz. Auschwitz was a place in which several frequently conflicting agendas of the Third Reich intersected: it was an industrial compound, a concentration camp, a medical research site, and an extermination facility; it served to imprison, terrorize, enslave, and kill. Its operation as well as the so-called “twisted road” that led to it provide a horrific and revealing example of the strange ways in which the Third Reich ruled by a strange mixture of chaos and consent. More importantly, Auschwitz is a site of conflicting memories that raise the question how, and if at all, it can be remembered and commemorated in ways that resist both sentimentalization and the recourse to conventional literary or cinematographic imagery.
For more information please go to the Go Global web site:
https://students.ubc.ca/career/international-experiences/global-seminars/poland-witnessing-auschwitz

2018/2019 CENS Course offerings

2018/2019 CENS Course offerings

CENS 303A 99A (Distance Education)
Representations of the Holocaust

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
A No Scheduled Meeting

UBC SSC link:
https://courses.students.ubc.ca/cs/main?pname=subjarea&tname=subjareas&req=5&dept=CENS&course=303A&section=99A

CENS 303A 99C (Distance Education)
Representations of the Holocaust
(Instructor: Dr. Bozena Karwowska)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
C No Scheduled Meeting

UBC SSC link:
https://courses.students.ubc.ca/cs/main?pname=subjarea&tname=subjareas&req=5&dept=CENS&course=303A&section=99C

CENS 303B 001
Representations of the Holocaust
(Instructor: TBA)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
1  Tue Thu  11:00  12:30 Buchanan  D322

UBC SSC link:
https://courses.students.ubc.ca/cs/main?pname=subjarea&tname=subjareas&req=5&dept=CENS&course=303B&section=001

CENS 303B 99B (Distance Education)
Representations of the Holocaust
(Instructor: Dr. Bozena Karwowska)

Term Day Start Time End Time Building Room
C No Scheduled Meeting

UBC SSC link:
https://courses.students.ubc.ca/cs/main?pname=subjarea&tname=subjareas&req=5&dept=CENS&course=303B&section=99B

We hope you will join us in 2018/19!

Witnessing Auschwitz Student Conference: Sept 14 & 15

Please join us for the Witnessing Auschwitz Student Conference
Sept 14 & 15, Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule (details may change):

Thursday Sept. 14
9:00-9:15—opening
9:15-10:20—Panel #1
10:20-10:30—Break
10:30-11:45—Panel #2
11:45-12:30—Lunch
12:30-1:30—Panel #3
1:30-1:45—Break
1:45-2:45—Panel #4
2:45-3:00—Closing for the day
4pm—Book launch for “The More I Know, The Less I Understand”
5pm—Dr. Setkiewicz lecture

Friday Sept 15
9:00-9:15—opening
9:15-10:20—Panel #1
10:20-10:30—Break
10:30-11:45—Panel #2
11:45-12:30—Lunch
12:30-1:30—Panel #3
1:30-1:45—Break
1:45-2:45—Panel #4
2:45-3:00—Closing

Yad Vashem: After the Uprising

From:
Yad Vashem: After the Uprising: Life Among the Ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto

Even after the 16th of May, 1943, a number of undetected bunkers remained in the area of the former ghetto. It seems that hundreds of Jews still lived among the ruins of the ghetto, even after its official liquidation. Due to the harsh conditions and the presence of Germans in the area, only a small number of these Jews managed to survive for any extended period of time.

The photographs of Henryk Ross (Washington Post)

‘I buried my negatives in the ground in order that there should be some record of our tragedy.’ The photographs of Henryk Ross. Washington Post.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2017/03/06/i-buried-my-negatives-in-the-ground-in-order-that-there-should-be-some-record-of-our-tragedy-henryk-ross/

 

Women in the Third Reich

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:
Women in the Third Reich

https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005205&utm_content=sf59746574

Women played a vital role in Adolf Hitler’s plan to create an ideal German Community (Volksgemeinschaft). Hitler believed a larger, racially purer population would enhance Germany’s military strength and provide settlers to colonize conquered territory in eastern Europe. The Third Reich’s aggressive population policy encouraged “racially pure” women to bear as many “Aryan” children as possible.

Basic information on Auschwitz

http://auschwitz.org/en/press/basic-information-on-auschwitz/

Auschwitz, the  Nazi German concentration and extermination camp, is the most recognizable symbol of the Holocaust and place of genocide in the world. Never, and in no other camp or extermination center did the SS murder such a great number of Jews from nearly all the Nazi occupied Europe. However, many people do not know that Poles constituted nearly 40% of the prisoners registered in the camp and that those incarcerated and murdered there included also: the Roma, Soviet POWs and prisoners of over twenty nationalities. And only experts will know the role Auschwitz was to play in the Nazi German settlement plans of Eastern Europe, which – aside from exterminating the Jews – posited also the destruction of the majority of the Slavic population.

Application deadline for Witnessing Auschwitz 2016

Witnessing Auschwitz is still accepting applications for 2016 program.

Deadline: October 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm

For more information on application process please check:

http://bozenakarwowska.arts.ubc.ca/witnessing-auschwitz/

About the program

Auschwitz was a place in which several frequently conflicting agendas of the Nazi Germany intersected: it was an industrial compound, a concentration camp, a medical research site, and an extermination facility; it served to imprison, terrorize, enslave, and kill. Moreover, Auschwitz is a site of conflicted memories that raises the question how, and if at all, it can be remembered and commemorated in ways that resist both sentimentalization and the recourse to conventional literary or cinematographic imagery. In fact, one of the most pressing issues of the Holocaust studies is the question: how to educate about Nazi crimes when there are no more survivors to share their stories.

This program takes a multi-disciplinary approach and will give you the chance to take part in lectures, seminars and workshops in Poland, where you will have direct access to historical archives, museums, and leading experts in all relevant disciplines related to the Holocaust studies.You will conduct independent studies at sites of mass extermination, as well as research issues related to the Holocaust in the context of social responsibilities of researchers and professionals.

Witnessing Auschwitz

From the Auschwitz – Birkenau website:

Autentyzm – doświadczenie – pamięć. Seminarium badawcze studentów University of British Columbia (MCEAH – Memorial and State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau)

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For more articles please check Prof. Bozena Karwowska website available at http://bozenakarwowska.arts.ubc.ca/witnessing-auschwitz/press/

Please join us for the student conference on Witnessing Auschwitz!

On behalf of the Witnessing Auschwitz program, we cordially invite you to the 2015 Student Conference.

This conference will include student panels centred on the research they conducted whilst in Poland. The Witnessing Auschwitz program was an incredible opportunity in which students from UBC were able to participate in a multi-disciplinary program that allowed them to explore the complicated memory of the Holocaust and the context in which it affects the present.

This year will also include many different speakers.Their topics will be an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust. With the generous sponsorship of the Polish Consulate of Vancouver, this year’s conference also has the pleasure of welcoming the exhibition The World Knew- Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity. It is a 22 panel exhibit which tells of Karski’s lessons for humanity through photographs, documents and testimony.

 

PROGRAM

 

Sept. 10th 4:30 pm

“Life and Extermination of the Warsaw Ghetto”
Ziegler Series lecture by Dr. Jacek Leociak
ST. JOHNS COLLEGE: LECTURE HALL #1080

Sept. 11th 9:00 am

“On the Phenomenon of the Underground Archives of the Warsaw Ghetto”
Ziegler Series lecture by Dr. Jacek Leociak
ST. JOHNS COLLEGE: LECTURE HALL #1080

Sept. 11th 11:50 am

“Jan Karski, Polish Diplomacy and the Holocaust”
Dr. Kryzstof Olendzki
GLOBAL LOUNGE

Sept. 11th 4:15 pm

“ ‘Termite Craze’: The (De)Nazification of Social Insects. The Case of Karl Escherich”
Dr. Geoffrey Winthrop-Young
GLOBAL LOUNGE

 

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