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Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp Exhibit and Presentations

September 5 – September 27, 2019


Steinhilber Gallery, on the third floor of Reeve Union, will be exhibiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp Exhibit from September 5- September 27.  See the website for hours.  The gallery and all other events are free and open to the public.

This exhibit is on loan from the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland.

It consists of 31 panels documenting the development of Nazism, the beginnings of the Holocaust, and the camp itself.

The exhibit is sponsored by:

  • Chancellor’s Office of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Gail F. Steinhilber Art Gallery
  • UWO History Club
  • Polish Heritage Society of Northeastern Wisconsin
  • Polish Cultural Foundation, Boston
  • PACT – Educational Project
  • Polish American Congress Long Island
  • Reeve Union
  • The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of Milwaukee

This exhibition will be complemented by an series of presentations to provide background, context, and relevance.


September 11, 6 PM Reeve 306.

  • Gallery opens at 5 PM with light refreshments.

Panel discussion: “Nazism, Racism and the Holocaust.”   Reeve 306.

  • Karl Loewenstein, professor of history at UWO, “The Long History of Jews in Poland and the Holocaust” 
  • Michelle Mouton, professor of history at UWO, “From Anti-Semitism to the Holocaust:  The Evolution of Nazi Policy Toward the Jews.” 

September 18,  2PM Reeve Union Ballroom.

Eva Zaret:  Holocaust Survivor. 

Eva Zaret was a young woman in Budapest when the Nazi regime laid siege on her home town. She survived the war and years of displacement in the harsh Carpathian Mountains.

Here is the video

September 18, 5 PM Reeve Union Theater.

“How to teach the Holocaust”  Gallery opens at 4. 

  • Dan Haumschild, director of education for Holocaust Education Resource Center of Milwaukee, “Teaching the Holocaust in American schools”
  • Monika Hohbein-Deegen, professor of German at UWO, “Incorporating the Holocaust into German courses and courses about Germany at UWO and study abroad.”

September 18: 6 PM: Sage Hall 1210.

  • History Movie Club showing of The Pianist.
  • The Pianist is based on the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a well-known Polish Jewish pianist. Szpilman was forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, and later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard From this time until the end of the warSzpilman went into hiding and witnessed the horrors of Nazi occupation, violence and murder. 

September 25 4 PM: Reeve Union Theater.

Panel discussion:  “Genocide and Hatred in the Modern World”

    • Mike Jasinski, professor of political science at UWO, “Anticipating 21st Century Genocides.” 
    • Cary Henson, professor of English at UWO, “Memories of Genocide: Armenia, the Holocaust, and Rwanda. “ 
    • Heike Alberts, professor of Geography at UWO, “Commemorating the Holocaust in Berlin” 


For additional information, contact Karl Loewenstein at 920-424-2462.