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HMW 2013

The 27th annual observance of Holocaust Memorial Week was held from April 08 through April 12, 2013
and was one of the strongest programs we've ever attempted. 

All events noted in this program were free and open to the public. 


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Monday, April 8, 4:00 p.m.,
Native American Longhouse, OSU

Film: The “OH” Project – An Oral History, Healing from the Cambodian Genocide

This film provided testimony from Cambodians who lived through the genocide and now reside in  the Portland area.  After the film, Sokho Eath, an OSU graduate and former vice-president of ASOSU, facilitated an audience discussion of the genocide.

This event was organized by the OSU Cambodian Students’ Association

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Alex Hinton

Monday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.,
C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center

Alexander Hinton,
Annihilating Difference:  The Cambodian Genocide

In April 1975, the Khmer Rouge, a Communist insurgency led by Pol Pot, seized control of Cambodia, bringing to an end a five-year civil war.  Between this time and January 1979, when an invasion from Vietnam drove the Khmer Rouge from power, almost two million Cambodians, perhaps more, out of a total population of about eight million, were murdered by the Khmer Rouge or died in the labor camps that millions were forced into as the cities were emptied. The list of groups that were marked for persecution or death by Pol Pot and his followers was very long.

Alexander Hinton discussed the Cambodian Genocide and, more broadly, the issues of why genocides happen.  Hinton is a professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs at Rutgers-Newark and is also the director of the Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights. He is author of the highly acclaimed and honored book, Why did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide (2005), and he has edited a number of collections on the Cambodian Genocide or on the general phenomenon of genocide.

Alex Hinton’s appearance was co-sponsored by the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society

Corvallis City Proclamation

NOTE:   Corvallis Mayor, Julie Manning, opening this event by reading an official city proclamation.  Click the image to the left to read the 2013 City Proclamation or watch the video below.



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Tuesday, April 9, 4:00 p.m.,
Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th, Corvallis

Film: Landscapes of Memory – The Life of Ruth Klüger (in German, with subtitles)

A biopic about the noted Holocaust survivor and memoirist Ruth Klüger.

It is one thing to survive the Holocaust, but quite another to deal with the lasting impact of this experience. This film deals with these issues by revisiting significant places in her life: Vienna, California, Göttingen and Israel. Ruth Klüger also shares her thoughts on her childhood in a Vienna where anti-Semitism was widespread, her life in the States, her motherhood of two American sons, and the culture of commemoration.

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Ruth Klüger


Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.,
C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center

Ruth Klüger, The Shoah in Fiction

Ruth Klüger was born in Vienna in 1931. During the war, she was interned at several camps, including Auschwitz and Theresienstadt. Her memoir, Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered , is well known and much praised. After the war, she came to America, received a Ph.D. at Berkeley, and taught German literature for many years, especially at UC-Irvine, where she is professor emerita.


On April 9, Professor Klüger discussed recent trends in depicting the Holocaust through fiction to a standing room capacity crowd in the LaSells Steward Center.  As a survivor and a noteworthy author and scholar, she brought a special dimension to her review. 

Ruth Klüger’s appearance was co-sponsored by the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society; the OSU School of Writing, Literature and Film; and the Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles


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Peter Hayes

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.,
C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center

Peter Hayes,
From Aryanization to Auschwitz:
German Corporate Complicity in the Holocaust

Peter Hayes, the Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor of Holocaust Studies at Northwestern University, is the ideal person to have speak on the interaction between German corporations and the Nazi state. His ten books include Industry and Ideology: IG Farben in the Nazi Era (1989) and From Cooperation to Complicity: Degussa in the Third Reich (2004); in the latter work he discusses in detail the history and production of Zyklon-B, the gas used to kill more than one million Jews at Auschwitz and other camps. He is now working on a book under contract to Cambridge, Profits and Persecution: German Big Business and the Holocaust. Among books that he has edited are The Meaning of the Holocaust in a Changing World, The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies (co-edited with John K. Roth), and the forthcoming How Could This Happen? A Reader on the Holocaust. He has also received awards for outstanding teaching.  

In his talk at OSU, Professor Hayes addressed the involvement of German big business in the Holocaust and the advantages gained by the corporations, including the opportunity to exploit slave labor.

Peter Hayes’s appearance was co-sponsored by the OSU College of Business and by the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by the Anne and Harry Chinitz Campus Outreach Lecture Fund



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Henryk Grynberg

Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.,
C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center

Henryk Grynberg,
Bearing Witness through Literature

On April 11 OSU will host an individual who has been described as “the chronicler of the Polish Jews.”  Himself a survivor, Henryk Grynberg is best known as an author of several distinguished works of fiction and non-fiction dealing with the Holocaust in Poland. His writings have won a number of major awards. An early novel, The Jewish War, tells of his experiences during the war: the deaths of many members of his family, including his father, and the narrow escapes of his mother and himself. The sequel, Victory, which follows him through several years after the war, was in 2000 listed among the “One Hundred Greatest Works of Modern Jewish Literature.”A more recent work, Drohobycz, Drohobycz, won the Koret Jewish Book Award.

           In his appearance on April 11, Grynberg discussed, in terms of his own career, the difficulties and importance of “writing documentary prose on the Holocaust and post-Holocaust trauma.” victims.  His writing is motivated by a desire to tell the stories of those who did not live to tell them themselves.   Of such victims he has written, “I search for them, I persuade them, and sometimes they return in order to exist a little on my lonely pages.”

Henryk Grynberg’s appearance was co-sponsored by the OSU School of Writing, Literature and Film


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Friday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.,
Journey Room, OSU Memorial Union

Student Conference:
Social Justice in Policy and Education

The objective of this conference was to address the issue of “social justice”: what the term does and should mean, given the complexity of society in the U.S. and the world; and how nations can best address issues such as diversity, poverty, equity, community, and conflict prevention.

Among the events on the day was a slide presentation on aspects of Poland that recall the Holocaust, such as memorials of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Jewish Museum in Warsaw, and the Majdanek death camp.  OSU students recently returned from Poland narrated this presentation and lead discussion.

Co-sponsors included Intercultural Student Services and the Master of Public Policy Program

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