Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education

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05/08/2024

To commemorate the 79th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day), Chapman University's Center for American War Letters Archives and Oskar Schindler Archive collaborated on "Remembering the Liberation of N**i Concentration Camps," a new exhibit highlighting materials from liberators and survivors of N**i concentration camps.

This exhibit is available for viewing in the Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Szneer and Lubenewski Families' Papers - Piecing Together Fragments in the Archive 11/04/2023

Leopold Szneer was 16 years old when he was arrested during Kristallnacht and sent to Dachau.

In a new blog post, Oskar Schindler archivist Alec Kirkwood explores interesting finds in the Szneer and Lubenewski family papers and sheds light on their value for both research and visual commemoration.

Learn more by clicking on the link below, and hear more about Cantor Szneer's experiences by attending our Interfaith Service Commemorating Kristallnacht at 7 p.m. on November 7 in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel.

Szneer and Lubenewski Families' Papers - Piecing Together Fragments in the Archive “…there is something utterly mysterious in old photographs, that they are almost designed to be lost, they’re in an album which vanishes in an attic or in a box, and if they come to light they do accidentally, you stumble upon them. The way in which these stray pictures cross your paths, it ha...

Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education event details a hero’s inspiring story — The Panther Newspaper 09/28/2023

"Ms. Donner is as gifted a speaker as she is as a writer. Instead of feeling like I was listening to her in a webinar, It felt like we were sitting together in a room and having a conversation.” (Marilyn Harran)

Read more about the event in this week's edition of The Panther.

View the presentation on Youtube: youtube.com/therodgerscenter

Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education event details a hero’s inspiring story — The Panther Newspaper Rebecca Donner’s Sept. 12 lecture transported readers into the life of Mildred Harnack, an American who helped raise awareness of Hitler’s actions during World War II.

09/08/2023

Join us on Tuesday, September 12 at 7 pm for Rebecca Donner’s Zoom presentation on her book, “All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler.”

More info and Zoom link at:
https://events.chapman.edu/91773

07/14/2023

https://asbarez.com/professor-richard-hovannisian-preeminent-historian-and-scholar-passes-away/

It is with immense sadness we share that pre-eminent scholar and historian, our dear friend, Richard Hovannisian has passed. His contributions to Armenian Studies, his dedication to the recognition of the Armenian genocide, and his commitment to its memory have inspired generations of scholars and thousands of students.

As Marilyn Harran noted, "The world has lost a giant, as a scholar and educator but even more as a human being." He will be greatly missed.

04/28/2023

Happening now!

In honor of Oskar Schindler’s birthday, we will be showcasing items from several collections housed in the Oskar Schindler Archive.

Doors will be open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

04/24/2023

In honor of Oskar Schindler’s birthday, we will be showcasing materials from the Oskar Schindler collection and the Leopold and Mila Page collection in the Oskar Schindler Archive.

Also available for viewing will be permanent exhibits on Oskar and Emilie Schindler, Leopold and Mila Page, and Leon Leyson.

Join us in viewing materials from the most complete collection in the world of primary and secondary resources on the life and times of Holocaust rescuers Oskar and Emilie Schindler.

April 28 from 1 - 4 pm
Oskar Schindler Archive
Joyce and Saul Brandman Survivors Room
LL 405, located on the 4th floor of the Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University

04/17/2023

Shout Truth to the World
The Secret Archives of the Warsaw Ghetto
Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto

Special Recorded Presentation
Roberta Grossman
Award-winning producer, director, and writer of the documentary “Who Will Write Our History”

Http://events.Chapman.edu/88874

04/10/2023

Join us next week for our An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance. This year's commemoration will be at 7 pm on April 18, and will include musical tributes, the lighting of the Candles of Remembrance, and a special message from Roberta Grossman, award-winning producer, director and writer of the documentary "Who Will Write Our Story."

For more information, including where to park, visit: https://events.chapman.edu/88874

01/31/2023

Join Lyric Opera of Orange County for their final performance of Jake Heggie’s “Two Remain” tonight at the Yost Theatre in Santa Ana. This opera, sung in English, tells the compelling, true accounts of Krsytyna Zywulska, a political prisoner hiding her Jewish identity, and Gad Beck, who experienced persecution under Paragraph 175 and whose first love, Manfred, was murdered in Auschwitz.

The Rodgers Center is proud to support this production by underwriting the cost of admission for Chapman University opera students.

12/03/2022

It is with incredible sadness that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend Justice Richard Fybel. He was surrounded by his family when he passed peacefully early this morning.

We remember with great appreciation the role Justice Fybel played at Chapman University, serving for many years as a member of the Board of Visitors for the Rodgers Center. The son of Holocaust survivors, he was extraordinarily dedicated to Holocaust education and remembrance. Along with attending most of our lectures and events, Justice Fybel was the guest speaker at our 2013 commemoration of Kristallnacht and spoke about "The Night that Changed My Mother’s Life." In 2004, Justice Fybel and his siblings generously created the Ruth and Ernest Fybel Fund for Literature on Children of the Holocaust, an endowed fund named in honor of their parents.

We keep his family in our thoughts. May his memory be a blessing.

Life? or Theater?: A Compilation of Artwork by Charlotte Salomon 12/01/2022

Missed Monica Bohm-Duchen's presentation on "Life? or Theater?", the extraordinary collection of works by Charlotte Salomon? The recording is now available on YouTube (youtube.com/TheRodgersCenter).

Learn more about Charlotte Salomon and her artwork in Hannah Smith's post on The Voice of Wilkinson blog.

Life? or Theater?: A Compilation of Artwork by Charlotte Salomon Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education welcomed scholar Monica Bohm-Duchen to speak about Life? or Theater?: a compilation of artwork by Charlotte Salomon, a talented Berlin-born artist who, at the age of twenty-six and five months p...

Photos from Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education's post 11/08/2022

It is with immense sadness that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend, Engelina Billauer. May her memory be a blessing.

We will remember her kindness and her dedication to keeping the memories of Holocaust witnesses alive. Through her video testimony, and virtual and in-person talks, Engelina touched the lives of countless students, including Hailey Shi and Kyla Korkowski, whose artworks are based on her testimony.

View Engelina's testimony online at https://youtu.be/aPR0q5WFoxc

Timeline photos 11/04/2022

For the 15th year, Chapman University gathers as an interfaith community to commemorate Kristallnacht.

On November 8 at 7 pm in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Jeffrey Kopstein, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine will bring his disciplinary expertise as a political scientist and his wide-ranging knowledge of the history of anti-Jewish violence to bear on the events of Kristallnacht.

An Interfaith Service of Remembrance for Kristallnacht 11/02/2022

For the 15th year, Chapman University gathers as an interfaith community to commemorate Kristallnacht.

On November 8 at 7 pm in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Jeffrey Kopstein, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine will bring his disciplinary expertise as a political scientist and his wide-ranging knowledge of the history of anti-Jewish violence to bear on the events of Kristallnacht.

An Interfaith Service of Remembrance for Kristallnacht For the 15th year, Chapman University gathers as an interfaith community to commemorate Kristallnacht. We remember those targeted by the antisemitic violence that swept across Germany and Austria on November 9-10, 1938, and we honor the courageous few who dared to stand with the persecuted and defy....

10/27/2022

Join us for a FREE screening of the full-length animated film “Charlotte” TONIGHT at 7 PM in the Chapman Auditorium. Jennifer Keene will moderate a discussion with the film’s producer, Julia Rosenberg, who will take audience questions following the screening.

Visit events.chapman.edu/88152 for more details and information about free parking.

Screening of "Charlotte" 10/24/2022

View the trailer for "Charlotte" and then join us in the Chapman Auditorium on October 27 at 7 pm for a screening of the full-length animated film. Producer Julia Rosenberg will discuss the film with moderator and Dean of Wilkinson College - Chapman University, Jennifer Keene.

Visit https://events.chapman.edu/88152 for more details, including information about free parking.

Screening of "Charlotte" The animated drama Charlotte tells the true story of Charlotte Salomon, a young German-Jewish artist who came of age in Berlin on the eve of the Second World War. Fiercely imaginative and deeply gifted, Charlotte dreamt of becoming an artist. But the world around her was changing quickly and dangero...

Charlotte Salomon: A Life Before and After Auschwitz 10/22/2022

ONLINE EVENT: Join us Tuesday, October 25 for an online presentation by Monica Bohm-Duchen. The presentation, which begins at 7 pm, will included a Q&A session with the audience.

Charlotte Salomon: A Life Before and After Auschwitz Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943) a hugely talented Berlin-born artist who, at the age of twenty-six and five months pregnant, was murdered at Auschwitz. Her main body of work, a sequence of nearly 800 gouache images entitled Leben? Oder Theater? (Life? Or Theatre?), created while seeking refuge in the....

Screening of "Three Minutes: A Lengthening" 09/19/2022

Free screening tomorrow night of the critically acclaimed documentary "Three Minutes: A Lengthening."

Visit https://events.chapman.edu/87985 for more information, including how to register for free parking.

Screening of "Three Minutes: A Lengthening" Conversation following the screening with Bianca Stigter, director of Three Minutes— A Lengthening and Glenn Kurtz, Presidential Fellow and author of Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film. Moderated by Stephen Galloway, Dean of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts...

09/12/2022

The west coast university premiere of "Three Minutes - A Lengthening" will take place in the Chapman Auditorium (Memorial Hall, Chapman University) at 7 pm on September 20.

This screening is free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Elegant film 'Three Minutes' shows Polish town before it was erased by the Holocaust 09/08/2022

Join us on September 20 at 7 PM for the west coast university premiere of "Three Minutes - A Lengthening," a film John Power, NPR's critic-at-large, describes as a "transfixing film that evokes a vanished world, explores historical memory and ponders film's ability to bring the past to life."

Conversation following the screening with director Bianca Stigter and author Glenn Kurtz, moderated by Stephen Galloway, Dean of the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

Elegant film 'Three Minutes' shows Polish town before it was erased by the Holocaust Bianca Stigter's documentary, Three Minutes: A Lengthening, brings the past to life with an almost archaeological gaze.

09/07/2022

The RCHE September Newsletter is available. Make sure you sign up for our e-mailing list to get event notices and center updates delivered directly to your inbox. https://mailchi.mp/c2417a034f09/september-22

04/29/2022

Thank you for joining us earlier this week for our Evening of Holocaust Remembrance. If you were not able to join us live, either virtually or in-person, the program is now available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qAQ-FOjYpf0

04/28/2022

"You told your story and I didn't just listen--I truly heard
My memories are now added to yours, and others will hear
Because I heard you."

It is with incredible sadness that we share the passing of Holocaust survivor and former president of The 1939 Society, Gertrude Goetz. Her video testimony inspired many students over the years, including top-placing student poets Ashton Carroll (2014) and Shiri Kaplan (2021). We hope you will take the time to listen to her story and may her memory be a blessing. https://youtu.be/VyIDdmOiOhE

(Excerpt of poem by Ashton Carroll based on the testimony of Gertrude Goetz)
Read Ashton's complete poem athttps://www.chapman.edu/research/institutes-and-centers/holocaust-education/_files/docs/contest-entries/ashton-carroll.pdf.pdf

Read Shiri Kaplan's poem athttps://www.chapman.edu/research/institutes-and-centers/holocaust-education/_files/docs/contest-entries/PDFs%20for%20Web/shiri-kaplan.pdf

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