Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

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2016-2017 Events
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29 September, 2016
7:30pm Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall

Worcester Chamber Musci Society Presents: Into the Abyss

Pre-concert talk with Rohan Gregory, 7:00pm

Olivier Messiaen composed his Quartet for the End of Time while incarcerated in a Nazi detentiona camp. The piece is deeply imbued, not with the anger which those outside felt towards these camps, but with a profound sense of spiritual escape. Combined with the stark and evocative Copland Piano Quartet, the bold and rhythmic And Life Like Froth Doth Throb for Viola and Cello by Eric Moe, and the excuberance of Schulhoff "s Flute Sonata, this program is a tour de force of great Twentieth Century musical vision. For more information email

5 October, 2016
3:00pm Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House


Speaker: Garo Paylan, Deputy of Istanbul, Grand National Assembly of Turkey

Garo Paylan represents Istanbul as a deputy in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.  He is a member of the People's Democratic Party (known as the pro-Kurdish party) and one of the first Armenian members of Turkey's parliament in decades. He will discuss recent political developments in Turkey, including the latest coup attempt and subsequent developments, Kurdish questions, and his personal experiences as an Armenian deputy in the Turkish parliament.

26 October, 2016
7:30 pm Tilton Hall

Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony: The Case of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps

Speaker: Christopher Browning (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Dr. Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ,and the author of serveral landmark works in the field of Holocaust istory, including Ordinalry Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (Harper Collins, 1992); and Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp (W.W. Norton, 2010). His talk will examine the history of the Starachowice labor camp in central Poland, where between 1942 and 1944 thousands of Jews were forced to work under brutal conditions to produce munitions for the German war effort.  The Testimonies of the nearly three hundred camp survivors comprise some of the only evidence of the camp's existence, and Professor Browning's lecture will pay particular attention to the methodological challenges historians face when using survivor testimony to document the crimes of the Nazi regime. 

Generously co-sponsored by the Department of History

5 December, 2016
12pm, Rose Library, Cohen-Lasry House

Lecture: title to be determined

Speaker: Stefan Ihrig, Polonsky Fellow (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute)


For past events please refer to our Speaker Archives page.