1938-2018 // “Keep Telling the Story”

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František Mořic Nágl, Living Quarters in the Theresienstadt Ghetto (1942)


November 2018 will mark eighty years since Hitler, Goebbels and their Nazi followers and collaborators sparked modern history´s most destructive pogrom, commonly known as Reichskristallnacht. Many consider the November Pogrom the beginning of the Holocaust. Many also hoped that the meaning and reality of Auschwitz would “cure” Europe of the social disease of antisemitism and related prejudices. This hope has been dashed.

We at the Afro-Asian Institute (ComUnitySpirit – Religions and Cultures in Dialogue) will mark our awareness of this challenging moment in time with a series of educational events organized by the Institute, and led by Dr. Paul A. Levine, award-winning historian and internationally recognized Holocaust and Genocide Studies pedagogue.


Dr. Paul A. Levine is an associate professor/Docent of Holocaust and modern European political history. The author of many publications, his widely praised book, Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest; Myth, History and Holocaust (London, 2010), won in 2012 the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation´s “Centennial Award”. Levine is co-author of the path-breaking Holocaust educational book, Tell Ye Your Children; A Book about the Holocaust in Europe, 1933- 1945. Originally published in 1998 by the Swedish government, Tell Ye your Children has been published in some 20 languages and millions of copies, most recently in Ukraine (2017) and Croatia (2018). He has taught and lectured at universities and secondary schools throughout Europe and North America, including the first-ever course in Genocide Studies at Charles University´s Faculty of Protestant Theology (Prague), 2016-2017.



Teaching the Holocaust Today
A Progressive Methodology of Ideas, Frameworks & Data
Workshop with Dr. Paul A. Levine
06.11.2018, 10:00-12:00, Afro-Asian Institute Graz

In this 2 hour workshop, Dr. Paul A. Levine will lead an interactive review and discussion about how best to teach the Holocaust in 2018. In this “hands-on“ workshop, Dr. Levine will start with an overview about what he argues is a more modern and progressive way of teaching Holocaust history and memory in Europe today.

Registration through 31st of October: Jennifer Brunner, j.brunner@aai-graz.at
Participation is free of charge.
The workshop will be held in English.

Afro-Asian Institute, Centrum für Jüdische Studien (Karl-Franzens Universität), CLIO – Verein für Geschichts- und Bildungsarbeit, Kirchliche Pädagogische Hochschule Graz


New Antisemitism in Europe?
Keynote and Open Discussion with Dr. Paul A. Levine
07.11.2018, 19:30-21:00, Afro-Asian Institute Graz

Today Europe, the EU and the world are witness to an alarming explosion of right-wing extremism and a political strengthening of toxic ethno-nationalisms thought to belong to the past. These trends, combined with large-scale movements of refugees and a weakening of still young democratic structures, present a unique danger for the democratic and humanistic Europe which remains at the very center of our common post-War aspirations. If this serious challenge is not adequately understood and confronted, another European tragedy is sure to follow.

Keynote: Dr. Paul A. Levine

Presentation: Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr.in Ulla Kriebernegg (Center for Inter-American Studies, Universität Graz)

An informal reception follows.
Free entrance.

Afro-Asian Institute, Centrum für Jüdische Studien (Karl-Franzens Universität), CLIO – Verein für Geschichts- und Bildungsarbeit, Kirchliche Pädagogische Hochschule Graz Komitee für christlich-jüdische Zusammenarbeit Graz, Karl-Franzens Universität Graz




Das Projekt „ComUnitySpirit – Religionen und Kulturen im Dialog“ wird durch das BMEIA, die Diözese Graz-Seckau und die Stadt Graz finanziert.