Remembering for the Future
Armenia, Auschwitz, and Beyond
Marcia Sachs Littell
This Conference Volume contains new and original research by genocide and holocaust scholars and commemorates a series of significant anniversaries, as well: 100 years since the beginning of the Armenian Genocide; 80 years since the Barmen Declaration; 75 years since the beginning of World War II; 70 years since the uprising at Auschwitz. Other topics under discussion include: Holocaust Education for Future Generations, Personal Experiences, as well as New Forms of antisemitism. Founded by Franklin H. Littell and Hubert G. Locke in 1970, The Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches provides an invaluable forum for scholars to report the latest findings in Holocaust research, ensuring the lessons of the Holocaust remain relevant for today's world. As the first Conference bringing together Christian and Jewish scholars to examine the lessons of the Holocaust and its message for contemporary society forty-four years ago, the ASC is the oldest continuing conference of its kind in North America and remains the only one to include discussions of the role and responsibilities of the Churches, the Universities, the large Corporations and the Professions (medicine, law and media). The continuing goal of the ASC is to aspire to the continuum of respecting the past, with a realistic involvement of the present, in order that we preserve a future that retains the dignity and integrity of every human person. Table of Contents Acknowledgements In Memorium—Elisabeth M. Maxwell: Marcia Sachs Littell Introduction: Michael Berenbaum Part I:The Armenian Experience: 100 Years Later Richard H. Dekmejian—Pioneers of Risk Assessment: The Armenian Genocide, Jewish Holocaust & Early Warning Systems Rubina Peroomian—The Symbiotic Relationships between Turks and Armenians: A Macabre Outcome Obstructing Healing and Reconciliation Sona Haroutyunian—Kaleidoscopic History: Translation and Representation of the Armenian Genocide in Literature and Film Part II: Past or Future? Richard L. Rubenstein—The Armenian Genocide as Jihad David Patterson—From Hitler to Jihadist Jew Hatred: Influences and Parallels Shimon Samuels—The Abuse of Memory as a Fig Leaf for Hate: Why Have the Lessons of the Holocaust not Contained Contemporary Anti-Semitism? Part III: The Event Karen Franklin—Against the Odds: American Jews & the Rescue of Europe's Refugees, 1933-1941; Researching the Mayer Lehman Charity Fund Yitzchak Kerem—The Role of Greek Jews in the Sonderkommando Revolt in Birkenau Gideon Greif—70 Years After: The Contribution of the Sonderkommando Research to the Understanding and Interpretation of the "Final solution" in Auschwitz-Birkenau Diane Plotkin—Medics and Survivors: Emergency Care Administered by the Liberators Part IV: The Aftermath Harold Marcuse—The Origin and Reception of Martin Niemoller's quotation, "First they came for the communists…" Joan Peterson—Against Forgetting: Another Look at Heinrich Böll's Billiards at Half-Past Nine Harriet Tamen—Business as Usual: SCNF, Money and Morality Part V: Personal Experiences and Education Mehnaz Afridi—Acknowledging the 'Other' in Suffering: Reconciliation in Jewish-Muslim relations? Harriet Sepinwall—Holocaust Education for Future Generations: The Role of a Catholic University Sarah Valente—The Emergence of Holocaust Memoirs and the Future of Holocaust Education in Brazil Ludmilla Leibman—A Course on "The Holocaust and Music" at Boston University Contributors Index
Michael Berenbaum is the Director of the Sigi Zieirng Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust and a Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University. The author and editor of 20 books, he was Project Director overseeing the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the first Director of its Research Institute and later served as President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which took the testimony of 52,000 Holocaust survivors in 32 languages and 57 countries.Richard Libowitz is Associate Professor in the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University. He is the author/editor of a dozen books, primarily on Holocaust related subjects. His most recent book, Crowns, Crosses and Stars, was published by Purdue University Press in 2013.Marcia Sachs Littell is Emeritus Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Stockton University where she founded the Master of Arts Program in Holocaust & Genocide Studies. She serves on the Editorial Board of “PRISM,” a journal sponsored by the Azrieli Graduate School of Yeshiva University and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies. Among her books are, Holocaust Education: A Resource Book for Educators & Professional Leaders and Women in the Holocaust: Responses, Insights and Perspectives.