"The Mortal Storm," the first Hollywood film to portray Nazi
oppression, opens the UMD 2012 spring semester film series, The
Holocaust: Resistance and Survival. The films will be shown at 3:30 pm
in Montague 70 on five Thursdays. An introduction and post-film
discussion will be presented by Alexis Pogorelskin, Associate
Professor of History. The schedule includes "The Mortal Storm" on
February 2, "Casablanca" on February 9, "The Pianist" on February
16, "Defiance" on February 23 and "Schindler’s List" on March 1.
There is no admission charge and the public is invited. The series is
presented by the Center for Genocide, Holocaust and Human Rights
Studies and the History of Hollywood class, HIST 3346. The co-sponsors
of the series are Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International
Studies and Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration. For info, contact
Holocaust: From Origins to Memorialization — International Travel
Short-Term Study Abroad in Germany and Poland, May 2012 Term: 14 Days
Co-leaders: Alexis Pogorelskin, Academic Instructor, 218-726-7548, UMD
Department of History
and Cheryl Reitan, External Affairs, 218-726-8996.
This program begins in Berlin, Germany, with a visit to Wannsee House
where the leading members of the Third Reich were informed of Hitler’s
intention to annihilate the Jews of Europe. Participants will visit
the Jewish Museum, the Berlin Film Museum, and tour the historic city
While in Poland, participants will visit the camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.
In Wroc?aw, lectures will be presented on Jewish life, culture, and
history at the University of Wroc?aw and the group will visit the
White Stork Synagogue, the only synagogue in Wroc?aw to escape the
torches of Kristallnacht.
In Krakow participants will see the old quarter and the famous market
of the city. They will tour the Kazimierz district, the Jewish quarter
made famous by the film Schindler's List.
The program will conclude in Warsaw where participants will visit the
Jewish Historical Institute and commemoration sites of the Warsaw
Ghetto, where the heroic uprising of 1943 lasted for six weeks against
heavily armed German soldiers.
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the Declaration.
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,