Japanese Internment in San Francisco

Turning Our Gaze to What is Around Us By Michael Campos, PhD   As a JFCS Tauber Holocaust Educator Fellow with the Holocaust Center, I spent the summer immersed in Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. We traced the conditions that magnified antisemitism throughout Europe and learned Read More

Posted by Admin on March 26, 2019
Intergenerational Trauma and Resilience - Panel Discussion

Join our Associate Director, Dr. Alexis Herr, for a panel discussion with other scholars on the impact of collective and historic trauma on targeted communities.  This event is being put on in partnership with the multimedia exhibit, Then They Came For Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, at Futures Read More

Posted by Admin on March 14, 2019
Hear from A Survivor of the Holocaust or another Genocide at the 17th Annual Day of Learning

17th Annual Day of Learning Sunday, March 17, 2019 Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, San Francisco 12:30 – 5:00pm Register Today! > Download a flyer (PDF) here   Join us for the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Day of Learning, in San Francisco, on Sunday March 17, 2019! At the Day of Learning, students (grades 7-12) Read More

Posted by Admin on March 1, 2019
Turning “Never Again” into a Battle Call with Bite

Genocide in Darfur and the U.S. Response By Alexis Herr, PhD In the wake of the Bosnian, Cambodian, Guatemalan, and Rwandan Genocides, the common idiom “Never Again” that emerged after the Holocaust may seem like a mute battle cry. In my work empowering local survivors of the Darfur genocide to join our Survivor Speakers Bureau Read More

Posted by Admin on February 22, 2019
What Makes Difficult History Difficult?

In this presentation, Professor Gross will examine the relationship between what Polish teens learn in school about the Holocaust and what they have absorbed from their cultural milieu. She will discuss how the research she conducted in Poland relates to contemporary thinking about history education and collective memory. While focusing primarily on the teaching of Read More

Posted by Admin on January 16, 2019
Teaching the Holocaust Today

Teaching Holocaust history has the potential to inspire and empower students in the present. Led in partnership with the JFCS Holocaust Center and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, this session examines individual stories of rescue and resistance as a means of highlighting personal agency and moral choice. Using a curated selection of testimony, archival, and media Read More

Posted by Admin on January 11, 2019
What is a Symbol?

The Corruption and Reclaiming of the Jewish Star By Yedida Kanfer Consider the blue and gold logo of the Golden State Warriors, with the Golden Gate Bridge in its center, or the Jewish Star of David. What gives these symbols their power?  Symbols can be hateful (eg. the swastika) or inclusive (eg. the LGBTQ rainbow).  Read More

Posted by Admin on January 10, 2019
Recent Holocaust and Genocide Articles

Curated by Alexis Herr Is Genocide Predictable? Researchers Say Absolutely NPR, December 20, 2018 The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Dartmouth University created a model to predict genocide and are now putting it to use. Read Article> Son of local Rabbi Helps Genocide Orphans in Rwanda J– The Jewish News of Northern California, December 28, 2018 Read More

Posted by Admin on January 4, 2019
Resistance and Resilience

The Meaning of Hanukkah By Morgan Blum Schneider Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for dedication. During this year’s celebration I find myself reflecting on what dedication required and meant during the time of the Maccabees (160 BCE) and the Holocaust (1933 to 1945), and what it means to me as the director of the Holocaust Read More

Posted by Admin on December 6, 2018
80 Years After Nazi ‘Kristallnacht’ Pogrom, One Jewish Girl’s Holocaust Diary Sounds Warning Against Revival of Antisemitism

Rywka’s Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto—first published by the JFCS Holocaust Center in 2014—was recently featured in The Algemeiner. The handwritten diary—miraculously discovered intact amidst the rubble at Auschwitz—is a moving account of the life and dreams of 14-year-old Polish girl Rywka Lipszyc. After more than 70 years in obscurity, Read More

Posted by Admin on December 6, 2018
What Earns More “Likes” – Hatred or Remorse?

Facebook and Genocide in Myanmar By Nikki Bambauer I often start my workday looking for the worst in humanity: checking for the latest news articles on the Holocaust, genocide, and atrocity. A little depressing, I know, but it’s actually one of my favorite parts of managing the JFCS Holocaust Center’s social media profiles. Facebook, Twitter, Read More

Posted by Admin on November 6, 2018
Find Us On Social Media

For the latest Holocaust & genocide news and events, follow us on social media! Facebook.com/JFCSHolCenter Instagram.com/JFCSHolocaustCenter Twitter.com/HolocaustJFCS LinkedIn.com/company/Holocaust-Center    

Posted by Admin on October 22, 2018
Upcoming Event: Holocaust Education Workshop

Join us for workshop with Dr. Magdalena Gross and filmmaker Yoav Potash! Sun., Nov. 11, 2018 2:00 – 6:30 PM Flora Lamson Hewlett Library Building 2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA RSVP > Hear from Dr. Magdalena Gross on teaching the history of the Holocaust through Structured Academic Controversy. This will be followed by an exclusive Read More

Posted by Admin on October 22, 2018
Holocaust Memory in Poland

Join us for a fascinating discussion on Holocaust Memory in Poland: Attitudes, Studies, Politics, and More with Dr. Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs and JFCS Holocaust Center Associate Director Alexis Herr! Thu., Nov. 29, 2018 6:00 pm Graduate Theological Union Berkeley, CA Different historical narratives and collective memories linked to the post-WWII constructions of national identity still divide Western Read More

Posted by Admin on October 11, 2018
Faces of Genocide Film Premiere

The JFCS Holocaust Center is excited to sponsor the upcoming premiere of Faces of Genocide! Sun., Nov. 11, 2018 5:00 pm Cowell Theater at Fort Mason 2 Marina Blvd, Building C San Francisco Faces of Genocide is a unique short documentary about the shameful succession of genocidal atrocities throughout the 20th and beginning of the 21st Read More

Posted by Admin on October 11, 2018
Calling Out Columbus is Not Justice, But It's Something

By Nikki Bambauer In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Perhaps he initiated genocide, too. But should that matter in 2018? It should, and it does. Last spring, one of the Holocaust Center’s Manovill Fellows taught her peers at Encinal High School in Alameda about indigenous genocide in California. When looking over her lesson plan, Read More

Posted by Admin on October 8, 2018
Upcoming Webinar About Rywka's Diary

Rywka’s Diary, Life in the Lodz Ghetto We are proud to sponsor the free upcoming Echoes & Reflections webinar, “Rywka’s Diary, Life in the Lodz Ghetto”. Wed. Oct. 24, 2018 3:00–4:00 PM PST Learn More > The newly discovered Rywka’s Diary is a powerful historical account of life in the Lodz ghetto recorded in moving Read More

Posted by Admin on October 1, 2018
Upcoming Event: Italy & the Holocaust

Holocaust Center Associate Director Alexis Herr, PhD will be speaking at the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University next week — Be sure to check it out if you are in the area! Wed., Oct. 3, 2018 7:00 PM Northern Arizona University 705 S Beaver St., Flagstaff, AZ Learn More >

Posted by Admin on September 27, 2018
The Holocaust Across the Disciplines

  Fall 2018 Lecture Series at San Francisco State University We are excited to co-sponsor the Department of Jewish Studies at SFSU’s Fall 2018 lecture series The Holocaust Across the Disciplines! All lectures are free and open to the public. Learn more >

Posted by Admin on September 27, 2018
Join Us for a Performance of The Obligation

The JFCS Holocaust Center is pleased to co-present The Obligation! We are proud to partner with The Mitzvah Project and PlayGround to present The Obligation, an acclaimed one-person Holocaust drama written and performed by Roger Grunwald. Thur., Oct. 11 – Sun., Nov. 4 Potrero Stage 1695 18th Street, San Francisco Purchase tickets > A child of an Auschwitz Read More

Posted by Admin on September 14, 2018
The Promised Lands of Eastern Europe, Past and Present

By Yedida Kanfer, PhD In 1899, Polish writer Wladyslaw Reymont wrote a book entitled The Promised Land. Its subject was the city of Lodz, the “Polish Manchester,” which boomed as a textile center of the Russian Empire in the late nineteenth century. Reymont intended the title of his book to be sardonic, a critique of Read More

Posted by Admin on September 4, 2018
Fall 2018 at the Jewish Community Library

Upcoming Events We are excited to partner with the Jewish Community Library on two events this Fall! Both events are free and open to the public. Europe’s Underground Railroad with Megan Koreman Wed., Oct. 3, 2018 7:00 – 8:30 pm Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St., San Francisco Learn More > Hear from Megan Koreman, Read More

Posted by Admin on August 28, 2018
The Next Chapter 2017-2018

Personal Projects The Next Chapter enables high school youth to develop profound connections with Holocaust survivors. By participating in the program, students build a special community of social responsibility and genocide awareness. Through the Next Chapter program, students learn how to: Meet with Holocaust survivors and pass on their stories Study the history of the Holocaust and Read More

Posted by Admin on August 11, 2018
The Plight of the Romani People

Europe’s Most Persecuted Minority By Nikki Bambauer Over the past several years, I have become increasingly troubled by the widespread use of the word “gypsy” in pop culture. Among young Americans, the term is synonymous with “free spirited” and “adventurous.” A quick search of “#gypsy” on Instagram will present you with images of long haired Read More

Posted by Admin on August 2, 2018
A Day in the Life of the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives

Interacting with the Past in the Present By Yedida Kanfer, PhD My name is Yedida and I have the privilege of managing the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives at the Holocaust Center. What is an archive? Theoretically, an archive is anything that you store, or a place where you store it. Our archive traces the Read More

Posted by Admin on July 6, 2018
Learning, Teaching, and Inspiring: 2017-18 University Fellows

Reflections on the University Fellowship Each year at the JFCS Holocaust Center, students from colleges and universities throughout the Bay Area apply for the University Fellowship. As part of this program, two students benefit from a nine-month intensive study of the Holocaust that includes mentoring and teaching high school students, developing curriculum, working with primary Read More

Posted by Admin on June 26, 2018
Jewish Film Festival & Late Happy Hour!

Join 3gSF and the JFCS young professional community for our second annual gathering to enjoy the SF Jewish Film Festival followed by a late night happy hour. Tue., July 24, 2018 6:00 – 10:00 pm The Castro Theatre 429 Castro St., San Francisco Register > Everyone is welcome to come out to watch The Waldheim Waltz Read More

Posted by Admin on June 21, 2018
Local Artist Creates Piece to Benefit JFCS Holocaust Center

Local San Francisco artist Aimee Golant has just unveiled one of her newest pieces, the Shoah Aliyah placeholder. We are grateful that Aimee has chosen to donate 10% of the proceeds from this piece to the JFCS Holocaust Center. The shape of this Torah placeholder is reminiscent of the yellow Star of David badge which many Jews were Read More

Posted by Admin on June 14, 2018
‘The Diary of Rywka Lipszyc’ Wins Prestigious Award

Rywka’s Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto—first published by the JFCS Holocaust Center—has been awarded this year’s Historical Award by Polityka, Poland’s top newsmagazine. The handwritten diary—miraculously discovered intact amidst the rubble at Auschwitz—is a moving account of the life and dreams of 14-year-old Polish girl Rywka Lipszyc. After more than Read More

Posted by Admin on June 7, 2018
Recent Holocaust and Genocide Articles

Curated by Nikki Bambauer Friends separated by the Holocaust reunite in California Associated Press, April 13, 2018 Separated for 76 years, two Holocaust survivors had an emotional reunion last month in Los Angeles. Read Article > Everyone Supports Preventing Atrocity Crimes, But What Works? The Global Observatory, May 7, 2018 Since the Nuremberg Trials after the Read More

Posted by Admin on June 6, 2018
What do Sesame Street, a British Stockbroker, and Refugees have in Common?

Creative Solutions to the Refugee Crisis By Alexis Herr, PhD In honor of Refugee Awareness Month, I want to discuss two innovative responses to the refugee crisis: one from 80 years ago and the other being carried out today. Both examples serve as an important reminder that when it comes to serving young refugees, determination, Read More

Posted by Admin on June 5, 2018
The Police and the Holocaust: May 30-31, Guatemala City

The JFCS Holocaust Center is excited to participate in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Fifth International Holocaust Studies Conference! May 30–31, 2018 Guatemala City, Guatemala Register by emailing conferencia2018@mdh.org.gt   This conference brings together international scholars to address the role of the police in the Holocaust, particularly in the organized murder of Jews and Roma. JFCS Holocaust Read More

Posted by Admin on May 18, 2018
Upcoming Event: Music of Remembrance's Voices of Witness

We are excited to partner with Seattle-based Music of Remembrance (MOR) for an upcoming performance of Voices of Witness. Thu., May 24, 2018 7:30 pm San Francisco Conservatory of Music Purchase Tickets > The program marks MOR’s fourth annual concert in the Bay Area, premiering new compositions by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christophe Chagnard. Sakamoto’s new work, Snow Read More

Posted by Admin on May 10, 2018
Morris Weiss Award Recipients Announced

Holocaust & Genocide Educators Receive Prestigious Grants Each year, the Preisler Shorenstein Institute celebrates the role of teachers in the field of Holocaust education with the Morris Weiss Award. Morris Weiss, a Holocaust survivor, was a founder of the JFCS Holocaust Center and was dedicated to fighting discrimination and antiseminism. His family established this scholarship Read More

Posted by Admin on May 1, 2018
The Ukrainian Experiment

The Story of Gerhard Panning By Seth Eislund Seth Eislund is a senior at Stuart Hall High School in San Francisco. He has participated in both the Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship and the Next Chapter. Most recently, Seth served as an intern for Dr. Alexis Herr, Associate Director, and conducted research for the Next Generation Read More

Posted by Admin on April 30, 2018
We continue to remember
The JFCS Holocaust Center is comprised of the Tauber Holocaust Library and Education Program, the Manovill Holocaust History Fellowship, the Speakers Bureau, the Day of Learning, the Oral History Project and the Zisovich Fellowships programs, as well as The Next Chapter Project. All of these organizations operate on the generous support of our donors.
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