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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) is a research center at the University of Minnesota that promotes academic research, education and public awareness on the Shoah, other genocides and current forms of mass violence. From its founding in 1997, a major focus of CHGS has been the study and exhibition of artistic responses to mass atrocities as a means to foster remembrance and education.

Felix de la Concha: Portraying Memories: Portraits & Conversations with Survivors of the Shoah
Contemporary artist, Felix De la Concha painted and recorded survivors of the Holocaust. While posing, his subjects talked about their lives and shared their testimonies.



Fritz Hirschberger: The Fifth Horseman
This series of oil paintings, beginning with imagery of the horsemen of the Apocalypse, continues the work begun in the Sur-Rational Holocaust series.



Fritz Hirschberger: The Sur-Rational Holocaust Paintings
Fritz Hirschberger, a Holocaust survivor, invokes the religious art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and draws from texts, historical narratives, and testimony in developing the content of the paintings.



Jordan Krimstein: Water Colors of Auschwitz
This series of eight original works were painted for use in the 1994 short documentary film Choosing One’s Way in Auschwitz: Resistance in Auschwitz/Birkenau.



Lucien Philippe Moretti: “Un sac de Billes” Lithographs
This exhibition consists of a series of 13 numbered and signed lithographs created by Moretti. The lithographs are based on French Holocaust survivor Joseph Joffo’s 1973 memoir Un sac de Billes (A Bag of Marbles).



Maxine Rude: Displaced Europe 1945-1946
Maxine Rude, a photographer for the U.S. Army and the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), photographs daily life in displaced persons camps established in Germany and Austria at the end of WWII.


Oscar Arredondo: Welcome to Cleveland, Home of the…
These works examine the stereotyping of Native Americans and other racial groups in sports mascots, specifically “Chief Wahoo,” the mascot for Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians.