The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies


Holocaust Study Institute

The Lux Center, in partnership with the Holocaust Education Resource Center, is pleased to announce the Holocaust Study Institute.

The Holocaust Study Institute combines a semester-long class on the roots of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and a 14-day trip to the World Holocaust Center at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

The class meets Tuesday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 15 through April 30, 2013. The tentative Jerusalem trip dates are July 29 to Aug. 11, 2013.

Course description

Tentative syllabus

Public Lecture on Feb. 10, 2013

Registration form

Graduate credit is offered for this semester-long class. Travel scholarship assistance will be available for students who participate fully in the institute. Call for details.

For more information, contact Bonnie Shafrin at (414) 963-2719.

Course Description: Holocaust Study Institute

This course will offer a comprehensive exploration of the historical and theological underpinnings of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. It will be taught by local scholars from Alverno College, Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Sacred Heart School of Theology. The course is being coordinated by Dr. Richard Lux, Emeritus Professor of Scripture Studies, SHST.

A public lecture entitled "Catholics, Nazis, Jews: The Complexity of History" by Fr. Kevin Spicer, CPS, Ph.D., is scheduled on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart.

Course fee (audit): $145. Educators, clergy and students may qualify for scholarships.

If the course is taken for graduate credit, additional tuition fees will apply. For-credit course requirements: reading of assigned text and related materials, class attendance and one seminar paper of eight to 10 pages on a topic of choice.

The class will be followed by a study seminar in Israel (July 29 to Aug. 11, 2013) which includes four days study at the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, with the remainder of the trip to include visits to Christian, Jewish and Muslim sites in Israel. Costs and itinerary for the trip will be posted at a later date.

Holocaust Study Institute
Spring semester, 2013
General overview (Tentative Syllabus)

NOTE: There will be a series of guest speakers for many of these topics. Overall Institute to be coordinated by Dr. Richard C. Lux.

Class 1 January 15 (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.) Instructor: Richard Lux , Ph.D.

The History of Anti-Semitism: From Hatred to Dialogue - Part I

Class 2 January 22 (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.) Instructor: Richard Lux , Ph.D.

The History of Ant-Semitism: From Hatred to Dialogue - Part II

Class 3 January 29 (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.) Instructor: Sherry Blumberg, Ph.D.

Jewish Life in Europe Before the Holocaust (lecture and film)

Class 4 February 5 (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.) Instructor: Peter Staudenmaier, Ph.D. (Marquette University)

Anti-Semitism in Weimar Germany 1919-1933 and the Rise of the Nazi Party in the 1920's and Germany from 1933-1939

Public Lecture Sunday, February 10 (Sunday 2:00 p.m.) at Sacred Heart School of Theoloogy

Topic: "Catholics, Nazis, Jews: The Complexity of History"

Speaker : Rev. Kevin P. Spicer, CSC, Ph.D. , James J. Kenneally Distinguished Professor of History, Stonehill College, Boston , Mass. Fr. Spicer's research centers on the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the German state under National Socialism. Currently, he is writing a monograph on the relationship of Jews and Catholics under Nazi rule. He is the author of Hitler's Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism (North Illinois University Press, 2008) and Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler's Berlin (North Illinois University Press, 2004) and editor of Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and The Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2007) and a variety of articles in journals including Church History, Historisches Jahrbuch, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Class 5 February 1 9 (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.) Instructor: Tim Crain , Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Acceleration of Oppression: 1939-1941. Ghettoization and the T-4 Experiment [including excerpts from the film: “Europa, Europa”]

Class 6 March 5 (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.): Holocaust Film (to be determined)

Class 7 March 12 (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.) Instructor: Amy H. Shapiro, Ph.D. (Alverno College)

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

Class 8 March 19 (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.) Instructor: Amy H. Shapiro, Ph.D. (Alverno College)

Concentration Camps and Killing Centers.

(Mar 24-April 1 – Passover and Easter - no institute classes)

Class 9 April 2 (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.) Facilitator: Bonnie Shafrin, Exec. Dir., Holocaust Education Resource Center

Personal Testimony – One or two Holocaust survivors speak to seminar. Discussion follows.

Class 10 April 9 (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.) Instructor: Rachel Baum , Ph.D. (Hebrew Studies Department, UWM)

Holocaust Literature (history, 1st person accounts, memoirs, novels, poetry)

Class 11 April 16 (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.) Instructor: Laurie Herman (Librarian/Educator – Coalition for Jewish Learning)

Holocaust Films (including excerpts from “Shoah” by Claude Lanzman and others)

Class 12 April 23 (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.) Instructor: Bonnie Shafrin (Holocaust Education Resource Center)

Rescuers and the Righteous Among the Nations .

Class 13 April 30 (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.) Instructor: Richard Lux , Ph.D.

Part I - Response of the Roman Catholic Church and Oher Communities to the Holocaust

We remember: A Reflection on the Shoah” (Issued march 16, 1998 by the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews) - document & discussion;

“Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to the Jewish Community” 4/18/1994;

Documents from other Christian Churches relative to Holocaust

Part II - Post-Holocaust Theology : The Challenge of Doing Theology and Issues Raised by the Holocaust and Teaching Strategies in Various Educational Settings .

To be scheduled (Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m.) Conclusion - Preparation for visit to Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (Skokie , Ill.) [for those not going to Israel ] and preparation for study trip to Israel.

(Additional meeting for those going to Israel July 29-August 11, 2013)

Each student will receive a textbook, War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust by Doris Bergen, and a binder with additional materials.

The institute is funded by:

  • The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of the Coalition for Jewish Learning, the education program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
  • Conference on Jewish Claims Against Germany, Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education.
  • The Lux Center , a program of Sacred Heart School of Theology, which is an apostolate of the Priests of the Sacred Heart.


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