Spring 2015

Annual Study Seminar

After Liberation: The First Five Years, 1945-1950

February 26,  March 5, and March 19, 2015

4 -6 p.m.

Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106, Drew University, Madison, NJ

Reservation Required / $30 per person for 3 sessions

Up to 6 continuing education credits available for educators

This three-part study seminar is inspired by the liberation of Nazi Death and Concentration Camp at Auschwitz on January 27, 1945 by Soviet forces and the subsequent liberation of other camps by the Allies in the following months. The first session of the study seminar will explore the experience of liberation—for survivors, liberators, and bystanders. In our second session, we will examine the Displaced Persons camps that were established in the parts of Western Europe occupied by American and British Armed Forces. And the third session will look at life after liberation in Eastern European countries behind the Iron Curtain. Film excerpts and testimony from witnesses will augment the historical overviews presented in each session.

Session I: February 26, 2015: “Liberation, 1945”

Session II: March 5, 2015: “The DP Camp Experience”

Session III: March 19: “Life after Liberation in Countries behind the Iron Curtain”

dp campPhoto taken in April 1945, shortly after the  liberation of Flossenburg Concentration Camp; given to the Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Center by Victor L. Wegard in 1994.  A captain in the U.S. Army division which helped liberate Flossenburg, Wegard also served as Chief Warrant Officer for War Crimes Investigating Team #6832, convened after liberation to investigate war crimes, atrocities and crimes against humanity in the Dachau Concentration camp system which included Flossenberg.



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Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration

escape from auschwitzScreening & discussion of the film

Escape from Auschwitz

 Wednesday, April 15, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Baldwin Gymnasium

Drew University, Madison, NJ

Over a million Jews were put to death in Auschwitz, Hitler’s largest concentration camp. What happened in this camp was a heavily guarded secret … until two extraordinary men managed to escape.  Through historical footage and re-enactment, this documentary tells the story of Auschwitz prisoners Rudolph Vrba and Alfred Wetzler who escaped the camp to reveal the truth and tried to warn others of what was happening there.

The film screening will be followed by a Q & A with two special guests, Eva Vogel and Hedy Brasch. Eva Vogel’s father not only knew both Vrba and Wetzler personally, but he was also a member of the underground group which helped orchestrate the escape. The other special guest is Hedy Brasch, who was a prisoner in Auschwitz at the time the escape took place.

 Free and open to the community

With support from the Jacqueline Berke Program Fund and

The New Jersey Commission for Holocaust Education


2015 Yom HaShoah School Reservation Form

Schools interested in attending Please complete form and send to:

Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study

Embury Hall, Madison, NJ 070940

973/408-3600             ctrholst@drew.edu

Individuals needing special assistance should contact the Housing, Conferences, and Hospitality office at 973/408-3103 at least five working days prior to the event in order to insure appropriate arrangements


Commemorating the 100th Anniversary

of the Armenian Genocide

Monday, April 27, 2015- 7 p.m.

Place for both lecture & concert: Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

Free & open to the public

 Testimony of Andranik Vartanian (1900-2007), survivor of the Armenian Genocide presented by his daughter Susan Vartanian Barba

Andranik Vartanian

 “Undoing Denial: The Armenian Genocide and Art” 

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Presented by Neery E. Melkonian, granddaughter of a genocide survivor, is a freelance art advisor, curator and educator.  Ms. Melkonian will trace artistic representations of the Armenian Genocide through the enerations, focusing on how its depictions have changed in the past 100 years.

  Concert by Zulal, Armenian a capella group singing traditional folk songs

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Following Ms. Melkonian’s talk, the Armenian folk group, Zulal, an a cappella trio, will present a concert of Armenian village folk melodies. Their music, which celebrates the trials and joys of old Armenian village life, has been presented in venues such as the Getty Museum, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and New York’s Symphony Space; they have also performed for Cirque du Soleil and the Silk Road Project.

Zulal CDs Available for Purchase (Cash only)

Flyer, April 27, 2015 Program


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