“‘Americans, Americans,’ the angel said.”

September 28, 2015 by | Lectures and Events

“‘Americans, Americans,’ the angel  said.” The “angel” who spoke those words was a U.S. soldier, and the teenager who heard them in early May 1945 was a Lithuanian survivor of a death march from the Dachau concentration camp.  His name was Solly Gaynor. Solly’s angel didn’t look at all like he had imagined.  Puzzled at

Stolen by the Nazis: Recovering “The Woman in Gold” and Other Paintings Sponsored by The John and Toby Martz Distinguished Lecture in Holocaust Studies

September 25, 2015 by | Lectures and Events

October 13 | 7 PM Wallace All Faiths Chapel |Fish Interfaith Center Co-Sponsored by Department of Art | Department of History | Department of Religious Studies, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and The Dale E. Fowler School of Law E. Randol Schoenberg Of-Counsel and Co-Founding Partner, Burris, Schoenberg & Walden, LLP President,

Law Serving Injustice: September 15, 1935

September 15, 2015 by | Uncategorized

Today, September 15, Jews around the world are observing the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and the beginning of the High Holy Days. On this same date, 80 years ago, the Jews of Germany awoke to discover that by a vote of the Reichstag, then merely a rubber stamp for the

Rodgers Center Fall Series Opens with Film Screening of “Woman in Gold”

August 26, 2015 by | Lectures and Events

Co-sponsored by  Department of Art • Department of History •Department of Religious Studies,Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences • Fish Interfaith Center • Civic Engagement Initiatives September 10 | 7 p.m. Chapman Auditorium | Memorial Hall Woman in Gold is the remarkable story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek

The Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

April 17, 2015 by | Lectures and Events

April 28, 2015 • 7 p.m. Wallace All Faiths Chapel I Fish Interfaith Center Richard G. Hovannisian, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of Armenian and Near Eastern History, University of California, Los Angeles In April 1915, with the arrest of more than 200 Armenian leaders and intellectuals in Constantinople, the government of the Ottoman Empire initiated the

An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance

March 10, 2015 by | Lectures and Events

A Collaborative Program with the Department of Theatre and The Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, College of Performing Arts The 70th Anniversary of Liberation A Tribute in Words and Music Reflections by Elie Wiesel Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Distinguished Presidential Fellow, Chapman University Lighting of Candles of Remembrance April 16 I 7 p.m. Chapman Auditorium I

A Troubling Portrait: German Women and the Third Reich

December 3, 2014 by | Lectures and Events

A few weeks ago I wrote about how Bettina Stangneth’s book Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer had transformed our understanding of the perpetrator Adolf Eichmann. So too has Wendy Lower’s book Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields expanded our knowledge of German women in the Third Reich, offering a much more nuanced, complex, and indeed, troubling portrait of the young German women who chose to go to “the wild east.”