Ackerman Chronicle

Issue 84 | October 24, 2023

Digital Newsletter of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas

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The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas and the United States Air Force Academy recently presented the War, the Holocaust, and Human Rights Conference at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Oct. 11-13, 2023.

Dr. Nils Roemer and Dr. Debbie Pfister led a team of staff and students from UT Dallas (pictured above) who helped organize and presented at this interdisciplinary conference that offered an extraordinary opportunity to bring scholars together for cross-discipline dialogues on these critical topics. By expanding the discussion, this event introduced new approaches to our understanding of the ways in which war, genocide, and human rights intersect, while contributing new perspectives on crimes against humanity and their continued impact on vulnerable groups around the world.

The full conference program is available online here.

Dr. Nils Roemer welcomed attendees from across the globe to this conference, emphasizing that the Ackerman Center is proud of our ongoing partnership with the US Air Force Academy, in particular because of our shared mission of teaching the past in order to shape our future leaders, educators, and professionals for generations to come.

Special Presentations

There were several special presentations at the conference, including Dr. Patricia Heberer Rice from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, who presented a keynote lecture, “In Their Own Words: The World of the Child during the Holocaust.” Writer and director, Sabina Vajrača, also discussed and screened her new film, Sevap/Mitzvah, which is in consideration for an Academy Award.

Learn more about these and the other special presentations online here.

UT Dallas Students

Several of our students traveled to the Academy to present their original research.

Pictured from left to right: Sabro Atman, Juliana Taimoorazy, Yannis Kwon, Tiffany Sidders, Taylor Gee, John Doud, Jennifer Armstrong, and Matteo Hubalek.
Dr. Pfister (right) chaired a panel, "Nazis on Trial," presented by UT Dallas graduate students.

Pictured from left to right:

John Doud, "A Reemergence of Holocaust Memory through Early Broadcast Media: The Eichmann Trial."

Taylor Gee, "Accountability for SS Doctors."

Jennifer Armstrong, "Shades of Murder: Pictorial Evidence of Nazi War Crimes in the East."

Additionally, Sabro Atman presented his paper, "Kurdish Participation in Assyrian Genocide" and Juliana Taimoorazy presented "Invasion of Iraq: Unraveling Tapestry of an Ancient Community."

Other Highlights

Please Join Us at These Upcoming Events

Remember This

Sunday, October 29

4 p.m. Film Screening, followed by a talkback by writer Clark Young

Studio Movie Grill at Spring Valley

In a virtuoso solo performance, Academy Award nominee David Strathairn portrays Jan Karski in this genre-defying true story of a reluctant World War II hero and Holocaust witness. After surviving the devastation of the Blitzkrieg, Karski swears allegiance to the Polish Underground and risks his life to carry the first eyewitness reports of war-torn Poland to the Western world and, ultimately, the Oval Office. Escaping a Gestapo prison, bearing witness to the despair of the Warsaw Ghetto and confronted by the inhumanity of a death camp, Karski endures unspeakable mental anguish and physical torture to stand tall in the halls of power and speak the truth. Strathairn captures the complexity and legacy of this self-described “insignificant, little man” whose timely story of moral courage and individual responsibility can still shake the conscience of the world.

View the film's trailer online.

Registration is required. Click here to access the registration site. Scroll down to Remember This and order your tickets (there is no cost for the tickets for this film).

Making Monuments: Public Memory and Violent Pasts

Wednesday, November 1

7 p.m. Lecture, followed by a reception

Jonsson Building (JO 4.614), UT Dallas Campus

In this lecture, Dr. Rebecka Katz Thor addresses what new monuments are expected to do. Examples from across Europe show the contestations around state-funded commemorations dedicated to difficult heritage, which challenge who and what is commemorated, how historic violence is made visible and how the historical narratives are constructed in public spaces. Drawing upon Marianne Hirsch’s work on postmemory and James Young’s discussion of countermonuments, the lecture considers monuments in terms of different "posts", reparation and multidirectionality.

Please RSVP by clicking here.

Hell Before Their Very Eyes: American Soldiers Who Liberated or Witnessed the Camps

Sunday, November 12

1 p.m. Lecture, followed by a reception

Jonsson Performance Hall (JO 2.604), UT Dallas Campus

Military historian John C. McManus sheds new light on this often-overlooked aspect of the Holocaust. Drawing on a rich blend of archival sources and thousands of firsthand accounts―including unit journals, interviews, oral histories, memoirs, diaries, letters, and published recollections― Hell Before Their Very Eyes focuses on the experiences of the soldiers who liberated or witnessed Ohrdruf, Buchenwald, and Dachau and their determination to bear witness to this horrific history. Learn more on the event's page.

This event is presented in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.
Please click here to RSVP.

The Ackerman Center is in the process of scheduling events for the spring, which we will be adding to our Upcoming Events Page as they are finalized.

Catch up with the Ackerman Center Podcast

The Ackerman Center Podcast, edited and produced by UTD graduate students, can be found wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Listen to all of the episodes of the Ackerman Center Podcast by clicking here or on the thumbnail image to the left.

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The issue was made possible by the following contributers:

Cynthia Seton-Rogers, Academic and Outreach Events Manager