Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education

“Africa and the Holocaust”


Free and Open to the Public - Registration Required
All Times Posted are Pacific Standard (PST)
7:00 p.m. – Opening Keynote Address: “Sub-Saharan Africans and the Holocaust”, AUC Regency Room

Dr. Edward Kissi, Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, University of South Florida

8:30 p.m. – AUC Gray Area
Please join us for a dessert reception following the keynote.
10:30 a.m. – AUC Gray Area
Registration & Coffee
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – The Genocidal Gaze, AUC Regency Room

Elizabeth Baer, “German Genocide in Africa and the Third Reich: Imperialism, Race, and Sexual Violence”

Dr. Baer is the Research Professor of English and African Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Adam Blackler, “For Land and Life”: Outposts of the German Empire after World War One

Dr. Blackler is Associate Professor of History at University of Wyoming

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. – Lunch Break, AUC
Presentations by Mayer Summer Research Fellows

Austin Karr

Anna Marko

1:45 - 3:30 p.m. – Vichy and Colonial North Africa, AUC

Terrence Peterson, “Vichy and the Jews of Tunisia at the Crossroads of Colonialism and the Shoah”

Dr. Peterson is an assistant professor at Florida International University and a faculty affiliate in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at FIU.

Daniel Schroeter, “Holocaust Victims in a Colonial Context: Contested Claims to Compensate Jews in North Africa during World War II”

Dr. Schroeter is the Amos S. Deinard Memorial Chair in Jewish History and Professor of History at the University of Minnesota

3:30-3:45 p.m. – Break
3:45 - 5:00 p.m. – Post-Holocaust Human Rights Issues in Africa, AUC, Regency Room

Babafemi Akinrinade,

Professor Akinrinade is assistant professor of Human Rights at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and associate director of the Ray Walpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University.

5:00 p.m. – Dinner Break
5:30 p.m. – Pre-Keynote Reception

Join the speakers, University Leadership, and friends of PLU while enjoying heavy appetizers, wine and beer.
Tickets cost $35.00.

7:00 p.m. – Keynote Address: “Wartime North Africa”, AUC, Regency Room

The Holocaust is usually understood as a European story. Yet, this pivotal episode unfolded across North Africa and reverberated through politics, literature, memoir, and memory—Muslim as well as Jewish—in the post-war years. With UCLA colleague Aomar Boum, Sarah Abrevaya Stein has worked for a decade seeking out the stories of North Africans caught up in the dramas of the Second World War and Holocaust, authoring public-facing and scholarly writing on this topic, and delivering talks nationally and internationally on wartime North Africa. All told, their work blurs the boundaries of Holocaust Studies and North African Studies, suggesting, powerfully, that neither is complete without the other.

Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and the Viterbi Family Chair in Mediterranean Jewish Studies at UCLA.

Commentator: Dr. Robert Ericksen

8:30 p.m. – AUC Gray Area
Please join us for a dessert reception following the keynote.
8:30 a.m. – AUC Gray Area
Registration & Coffee
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. – The Impact of the Holocaust on Tunisian Jewish Family’s: Survivor Stories AUC, Regency Room

Jacqueline Semha Gmach, Zoom presentation

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 p.m. – Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Survivor Voices, AUC, Regency Room

Haim Saadoun, “History and Memory: The Story of One Family in Sfax, Tunisia during the German Occupation of Tunisia” Zoom Presentation

Dr. Saadoun is an associate professor at the Open University in the Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies in Israel.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. – Lunch: Visit to Morocco with us

Zoom from Morocco with Dr. Benny Furst and Steven Koenig

Dr. Benny Furst is a teaching fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in the Technion.