We Bear Witness: Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Fellowship

In Memory of George Kennedy

This year long fellowship is open for application to all Milwaukee area full time college students. Selected students will examine the history of antisemitism,  take a deep dive into Holocaust education and explore the renaissance of Jewish life in current day Poland.  Upon completion of classes, students will embark on a 10 day journey to Berlin and Poland to witness first hand the atrocities and renewal of the country that was once home to the largest and most significant Jewish community in the world.

Session 1 – Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Good Name of Poland: The Polish ‘Holocaust Speech’ Law and Its Historical & Contemporary Meaning

Lecture by Dr. Neal Pease, UW-Milwaukee History Dept.

Read: Introduction to “Fear” by Jan T. Gross

Session 2 – Thursday, November 1, 2018

Introduction to East European Jewish Culture

Instructor: Dr. Joel Berkowitz, Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at UW-Milwaukee

Read: “Maintaining Borders, Crossing Borders: Social Relationships in the Shtetl” by Annamoria Orla Bukowska

    “The Sage and the Simpleton”


Session 3 – Sunday, November 11, 2018

Kristallnacht Commemoration

Read: “The November Pogrom & Its Aftermath” a chapter by Marion Kaplan


Session 4 – Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Rise to Power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Mouton, UW-Oshkosh History Dept.

Read: “The ‘Hitler Myth’: Image & Reality in the Third Reich” a chapter by Ian Kershaw

           Selections from “The Nazi Germany Sourcebook” edited by Roderick Stackelberg


Session 5 – Thursday, January 24, 2019

From Animosity to Reconciliation: The History of Anti-Judaism

Instructor: Dr. Richard Lux, Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary & School of Theology

Read: “Anti-Semitism” entry by John T. Pawlikowski & “Anti-Judaism” and “Anti-Semitism” entries by Pamela Eisenbaum


Session 6 – Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Jews of Modern Germany & The Outbreak of War: the Ghettoization of Polish Jews

Instructor: Dr. Shay Pilnik, Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center

Read: “Hopes & Anxieties” a chapter by Amos Elon


Session 7 – Thursday, February 21, 2019

Development of the Final Solution: 1941 and 1942 Einsatzgruppen and the Final Solution

Instructor: Dr. Shay Pilnik, Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center

Read: Selections from “Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Death Camps” by Yitzhak Arad


Session 8 – Thursday, March 7, 2019

Holocaust Literature (History, 1st Person Accounts, Memoirs, Novels, Poetry)

Instructor: Dr. Rachel Baum, UW-Milwaukee Foreign Languages & Literature Dept.

Read: TBD


Session 9 – Thursday, March 28, 2019

Confronting Genocide

Instructor: Dr. Dan Haumschild, HERC Fellow at Cardinal Stritch University

Read: Education after Auschwitz – Theodor Adorno


Session 10 – Thursday, April 11, 2019

Performance of “The Last Cyclist” Play

Read: USHMM Encyclopedia on Terezin

           Music of Terezin

           Nazi Propaganda film on Terezin


Session 11 – Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Postwar Commemoration and Artistic Representation of the Holocaust

Instructor: Dr. Lisa Silverman, UW-Milwaukee History Dept.

Read: Selections from “Holocaust Representations in History: An Introduction” by Daniel H. Magilow & Lisa Silverman