Events

Making Global Connections

We host a range of programs about Holocaust memory and its ongoing impact across, as well as relevancy to, societies around the world through annual commemorations, special events, our NEH colloquia series, and lectures about our originally researched exhibitions. Scroll below for a list of our upcoming events as well as recorded programs.


Spring 2021 Virtual Events

Under Siege Again? Holocaust Distortion and the Rise of Hate Crimes Against Jews
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:00pm EST
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To commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination and concentration camp, join us for a conversation about how antisemitism at the international, national, and regional levels fuels Holocaust distortion, as well as the challenges in prosecuting religiously-based hate crimes locally. Featuring Michael Brovner, Chief of the Queens County District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Bureau in New York City, and Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

This event is co-sponsored by the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College; the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College; the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at the US Military Academy at West Point; the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center in White Plains; the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance & Education at Rockland Community College; and the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

Educator Workshop: Defining and Teaching Genocide Part 1
Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 10:00am EST
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What is genocide? The word, coined by Raphael Lemkin, describes the mass murder of the Armenians in World War I and what took place during the Holocaust. The word was created to ensure that those who committed the crimes that took place during these events could be fully prosecuted under the crime of genocide. The definition was also to be applied as a warning to prevent future atrocities. This workshop will explore the definition of the word, how it has been used to help teachers educate their students about genocide, and how it relates to the Holocaust and future and past mass atrocities. We will also explore rationale for teaching genocide and share resources to help you achieve your goals. 1.5 Contact hours available through the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center. For more information, please contact Jodi Elowitz at jelowitz@cincyhhc.org

Sponsored by the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota; the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College, and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, Cincinnati.

Oppression and Resistance in America’s World War II Concentration Camps
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12:00pm EST
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Many historians and Japanese Americans cite the loss of US citizenship rights as the biggest injustice of the camps, and many believe cooperation and not resistance was the norm. Join Dr. Gary Okihiro, Professor Emeritus of international and public affairs at Columbia University and a Visiting Professor of American studies at Yale University, as he outlines the nature of the oppression in that historical experience, and the resistance posed to those oppressive acts. This lecture is part of the 2020-21 Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities Colloquium entitled, “Internment & Resistance: Confronting Mass Detention and Dehumanization,” and is presented in partnership with the Asian American / Asian Research Institute-CUNY and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, Cincinnati.

Italian Internment During World War II and the Limits of Racism in America 
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 12:00pm EST
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Even before the United States and Italy went to war, various fascist and anti-fascist efforts impacted Italian Americans. During the war over a half a million Italian citizens living in the United States (not American citizens) had to register as enemy aliens, thousands were forced to resettle, and a small number were interned. In the same era Italian soldiers and merchant marines were imprisoned throughout the United States. Well before the war with Italy would end the United States government lifted restrictions on Italian citizens in this country and, later still, the status of many Italian POWs also changed. The differing ways Italians and Italian Americans were treated in the United States were not only influenced by political concerns but also by practices of xenophobia and racism, a point made especially clear in comparison to the experiences of Japanese Americans. And yet, better understanding the multiple realities of Italians in the United States in this era helps complicate our sense of how race and ethnicity shapes experiences in wartime and in peace. Dr. Laura Ruberto, Humanities professor at Berkeley City College, will reflect on how political pressure, cultural visibility, and an emerging position of whiteness helped build public acceptance of this immigrant community. This lecture is part of the 2020-21 Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities Colloquium entitled, “Internment & Resistance: Confronting Mass Detention and Dehumanization,” and is presented in partnership with the Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College-CUNY and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, Cincinnati.

Graphic Internment 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 12:00pm EST
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Join two faculty members from Queensborough Community College’s English Department for a conversation about the internment of Japanese-Americans in the United States during WWII. John Yi, Lecturer, will discuss QCC’s 2020-21 Common Read text, George Takei’s graphic novel, They Called Us Enemy, while Dr. Aliza Atik, Associate Professor, will review Mine Okubo’s Prisoner 13660. This lecture is part of the 2020-21 Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities Colloquium entitled, “Internment & Resistance: Confronting Mass Detention and Dehumanization and both books are related to the KHC’s original exhibition, “The Concentration Camps: Inside the Nazi System of Incarceration and Genocide.” This event is co-sponsored by Queensborough Community College’s Art & Design Department and the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL).

La Convivencia: Exploring Sephardic Music’s Traditions of Peace and Coexistence
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 12:10pm EST
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Featuring Merima Ključo, accordion, and Jelena Milušić, voice, with guest artist Mirna Lekić, piano

The musical project, La Convivencia, is inspired by the powerful message of coexistence. It is based on Sephardic traditions of different countries visited by Sephardic Jews, traveling through history after the expulsion from Spain. La Convivencia contains three parts:

– A cycle of five songs based on traditional Sephardic melodies and lyrics.
– A cycle of five songs dedicated to Flory Jagoda, the Bosnian expert in the field of Sephardic music.
– Movements from Ključo’s acclaimed composition, “The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book,” with guest pianist Mirna Lekić.

Used to peaceful coexistence, Sephardic Jews observed the traditions of their home countries, and infused Jewish culture into the music of their adopted lands. This resulted in musical similarities. For example, Bosnians and Sephardic Jews use the same scales and rhythms. They share the same emotion in their songs, the same pleasures, and the same pain. In the end they share the same country, the same customs, the same food… and they learn from each other. La Convivencia reminds us that we need to do more in emphasizing the values of respect across all faiths, and it inspires us to be peaceful ambassadors of its message of acceptance for all. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Music at Queensborough Community College and the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC).

A Prisoner’s Voice: Poetry of Psychological Resistance
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 12:00pm EDT

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Farewell, Auschwitz provides a glimpse into prisoner life in one of the darkest chapters of human history, and brings to life the power of music and poetry to bring light to despair. Krystyna Zywulska was a Polish political prisoner at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland from 1943 to her escape in 1945. While imprisoned, Zywulska wrote lyrics and set them to familiar folk, classical, and popular tunes from the period, and prisoners performed the resulting songs and shared the words as a means of coping with the horrors of the camp. Before imprisonment, Zywulska had not written a single song; Nazi oppression appears to have inspired her creative blossoming.

Farewell, Auschwitz: Music by Jake Heggie; Text from poetry of Krystyna Zywulska, written at Auschwitz, 1943-1945; Jennifer Gliere, soprano, Roz Woll, mezzo-soprano, Steven Dahlke, baritone, Mirna Lekić, piano.

This event is part of the 2020-21 Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities Colloquium entitled, “Internment & Resistance: Confronting Mass Detention and Dehumanization.” This event is co-sponsored by the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) and presented in partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, Cincinnati.

Fall 2020 Event Recordings

How was it Possible?: Introduction to the Holocaust
Recorded on
Thursday, October 15, 2020
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How was the Holocaust possible? This program will provide an introduction to the Holocaust through an exploration of the factors leading to the rise of Nazism. Jodi Elowitz, Director of Education and Engagement at the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, will discuss the origins of the Holocaust, including the aftermath of World War I and the impact of antisemitism and nationalism in the rise of Nazism and its spread throughout Europe. If you’ve ever wondered how the events of World War II and the Holocaust began, this program will help answer those questions and demonstrate the need for all of us to be vigilant in the face of hatred today. Presented in partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Poetry of Psychological Resistance at Auschwitz: The Words of Krystyna Zywulska
Recorded on Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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Dr. Barbara Milewski, Associate Professor of Music at Swartmore College, presents her research on the remarkable life and resistance poetry of Krystyna Zywulska, a Polish political prisoner at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland from 1943 until her escape in 1945. While imprisoned at Auschwitz, Zywulska wrote dozens of poems and songs, which were shared among camp prisoners, and which use a multi-layered approach of satire, stark realism, and optimism to paint a vivid picture of life in Auschwitz. Zywulska’s poetry helped to provide some solace of the heart to camp prisoners, played a role in her survival, and shines a light on the complex world of oppressors, the oppressed, and artistic instruments of psychological resistance, testimony, and hope.

Nuremberg Laws: How the Nazis Were Influenced by U.S. Jim Crow Laws
Recorded on
Thursday, October 22, 2020
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Learn about the intersections between the Nuremberg Laws in Nazi Germany and eugenics laws and Jim Crow practices in the United States in this program featuring Tom White, Coordinator of Educational Outreach for the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire. White will discuss how the Nazis looked to discriminatory policies in the United States, including the Jim Crow Laws, as they constructed their own racial policies targeting Jews during the Holocaust. Presented in partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

In the Moment: A Discussion About the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
Recorded on Thursday, November 5, 2020

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As Armenia and Azerbaijan clash over the embattled region of Nagorno-Karabakh, hundreds have died in the most serious escalation of fighting in years. According to the Associated Press, the Armenian military continues to rely mostly on aging Soviet-built weapons, while Azerbaijan has revamped its arsenal with attack drones and long-range multiple rocket systems supplied by its neighbor and ally, Turkey. Many Armenian-Americans have called on the U.S. government to condemn Azerbaijan and Turkey for the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, fearing there is an attempt to continue what was started in the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Join Verjine Adanalian, attorney and third-generation Armenian Genocide descendant, for a discussion about this complex conflict, as well as why Americans should be informed about it. Presented in partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center and the World Affairs Council – Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky.

Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration: November 1938 as a Turning Point?
Recorded on Tuesday, November 10, 2020
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Join Dr. Peter Hayes for the 12th Frederick M. Schweitzer Lecture, “November 1938 as a Turning Point?”. Dr. Hayes’ talk focuses on the November 1938 incident known as Kristallnacht, when Nazis in Germany set fire to synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools, and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. In the aftermath of Kristallnacht, also called the “Night of Broken Glass,” approximately 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps. There is a short performance by the West Point Jewish Chapel Choir before the lecture. This year’s event is co-sponsored by the KHC; the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College; and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Point Academy.

Holocaust Speaker Series: Rosette Teitel
Recorded on Wednesday, November 11, 2020
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This series features Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors sharing stories of life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Rosette Teitel, a Holocaust survivor, was born in France, and hidden by Catholic farmers while her mother was a part of the French Underground. Unaware of her Jewish heritage until she was older, she discusses her struggle with her identity, her mother’s resistance experience, and life during wartime. Presented by the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center in partnership with the KHC and Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Sponsored by Margaret and Michael Valentine.

Creating a Concentration Camp Society: How Governments Push for Mass Detention and How People Resist
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 12:00pm EST

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The development of the German concentration camp system reveals how ruling parties engineer mass detention of civilians without trial. While the horrors of Nazi extermination camps remain unique in history, the first several years of German concentration camps parallel how governments in other places and times have adopted mass detention for similar political purposes. Join Andrea Pitzer, author and journalist, for a discussion about what gives rise to camps, including why their use expanded exponentially in the last decade, and what strategies have been successful in opposing them. Presented in partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center.

Holocaust Speaker Series: Ellen Bottner
Recorded on Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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This series features Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors sharing stories of life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Ellen Bottner, a Holocaust survivor, grew up in Germany under the Third Reich. She describes her experiences on the Kindertransport, life under refuge with a foster family in England, the fate of her extended family during the Holocaust, and reflections about intolerance in the world today. Presented by the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center in partnership with the KHC and Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Sponsored by Margaret and Michael Valentine.

Contain and Control: The American Obsession with the Black Body
Recorded on Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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An overview of the ways the bodies of Black Americans have been represented in the dominant (white) American culture from slavery to the current moment of mass incarceration and over-policing reveals the tension between an impulse to destroy and the desire to exploit. In American imagery and reality, Black bodies are trapped by the cruel paradox of being treated as simultaneously expendable and profitable. Dr. Agnieszka Tuszynska, Associate Professor of English at Queensborough Community College, offers examples from visual culture, literature, and legal history to illustrate how myths and stereotypes about Black people have been used to justify various forms of control and containment of Black lives. Presented in partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center.

Acknowledgement and Survivance: The Impact of the Past and Ongoing Legacy in our Culture Now
Recorded on November 20, 2020
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In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, join Gina Adams (Ojibwa, Lakota, Irish, and Lithuanian descent), artist and Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in discussion with Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota), Director of Institutional Advancement at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the co-curator of the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center’s past exhibition, Survivance & Sovereignty on Turtle Island. This conversation focuses on Adams’s “Broken Treaties Project,” and how it intertwines history, culture, and memory. Artist and curator will also be in dialogue about the meaning of survival through remembrance, the significance of expressing it artistically, and its relevance to Holocaust education today. Presented by the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center and the Museum & Gallery Studies Program in the Art & Design Department at QCC in partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center; the Peace & Conflict Studies Programs at the University of Manitoba; and the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota.