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The Ackerman Center Podcast

The Ackerman Center Podcast

By Ackerman Center
The Ackerman Center Podcast provides a space for thoughtful and in-depth conversation about the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights studies. Launched in 2020, this podcast works to extend the conversation beyond academic audiences—providing an educational, engaging, and transformative experience. Through confronting the past, we work to promote solutions for global justice and peace in our world. Listen to all of the seasons of the Ackerman Center Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, and RadioPublic.
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Ep. 40: 1944 Shifting Focus and Dismantling of Gas Chambers
Near the end of 1944, Himmler ordered the halt of the Final Solution and the destruction of the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau. As Allied troops carried out Air Raids on Germany, citizens felt the effects of war on their daily lives forcing the Nazis to shift their focus. In this episode, Dr. Nils Roemer and Belofsky Fellow Angie Simmons discuss the Posen Speeches and the Nazis shifting their focus. The series, "A Year in the Third Reich," explores significant events that took place throughout the years of Hitler's Third Reich. In each episode, we refer to specific primary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs, and maps. To access and download the Primary Sources Handout for this episode, please visit: https://ackerman.utdallas.edu/virtual-outreach.
18:43
May 26, 2022
Ep. 40: 1943 Liquidation of Jewish Ghettos
In 1943 expectations about the outcome of WWII began to point toward the defeat of the Third Reich. Despite growing awareness about the coming fall of the Nazis, they would still go on to kill another 3 million more Jews. In this episode, Dr. Nils Roemer and Belofsky Fellow Angie Simmons discuss pivotal events in 1943 and highlight the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The series, "A Year in the Third Reich," explores significant events that took place throughout the years of Hitler's Third Reich. In each episode, we refer to specific primary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs, and maps. To access and download the Primary Sources Handout for this episode, please visit: https://ackerman.utdallas.edu/virtual-outreach.
16:22
May 09, 2022
Ep. 39: 1942 Deportations and Death Camps
In 1942 the events associated with the Holocaust began in earnest and grew in scale moving toward a continental genocide. This episode focuses on the building up of death camps, the mass deportations of Jews, and the start of gassing at killing centers. The series, "A Year in the Third Reich," explores significant events that took place throughout the years of Hitler's Third Reich. In each episode, we refer to specific primary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs, and maps. To access and download the Primary Sources Handout for this episode, please visit: https://ackerman.utdallas.edu/virtual-outreach.
20:28
April 11, 2022
Ep. 38 Ukraine and Russia's War of Aggression
We are all looking for ways to make sense of the news about the war in Ukraine. In this episode, Dr. Nils Roemer and Dr. Emily-Rose Baker have a conversation with Dr. Yuliya Komska—a cultural historian and native Ukrainian who currently teaches at Dartmouth. Dr. Komska shared with us about the need to protect and rescue cultural heritage as Russian bombs threaten major sites and people flee the conflict. She also talks about the challenges facing Ukrainians who don't want to leave their communities as Russian aggression continues.
55:04
March 28, 2022
Ep. 37 Munich the Edge of War
The fictional Netflix film "Munich the Edge of War" depicts an attempted plot to remove Hitler. The film plays with the question of what if an attempt like this had been successful. In this episode, Angie Simmons and Dr. Emily-Rose Baker discuss the film and how it deals with representing WWII and the Holocaust. 
19:11
March 04, 2022
Ep. 36: 1941 Operation Barbarossa
The attack on the Soviet Union launched on June 22nd, 1941 marked a turning point in the war and also in the racial politics of the Third Reich. Operation Barbarossa ultimately depleted the German army and lasted much longer than Hitler had anticipated. In the fall of 1941, Hitler conceived of The Holocaust and then began to implement it. The series, "A Year in the Third Reich," explores significant events that took place throughout the years of Hitler's Third Reich. In each episode, we refer to specific primary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs, and maps. To access and download the Primary Sources Handout for this episode, please visit: https://ackerman.utdallas.edu/virtual-outreach.
20:53
February 18, 2022
Ep. 35: 1940 Tripartite Pact
In this episode of the series "A Year in the Third Reich," Dr. Nils Roemer and Angie Simmons (Belofsky Fellow) take a look at the Tripartite Pact, signed by Japan, Germany, and Italy on Sept. 27, 1940, took aim at the United States and had implications for how the war would progress. Along with embargos, this pact increased tensions between the United States and Japan in the time leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.  The series, "A Year in the Third Reich," explores significant events that took place throughout the years of Hitler's Third Reich. In each episode, we refer to specific primary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs, and maps. To access and download the Primary Sources Handout for this episode, please visit: https://ackerman.utdallas.edu/virtual-outreach.
19:44
February 03, 2022
Ep. 34: 1939 The Establishment of the Ghettos
Returning to our series "A Year in the Third Reich," Dr. Nils Roemer and Angie Simmons (Belofsky Fellow) discuss the establishment of the ghettos in Poland and the introduction of armbands for the Jewish population. They consider a newspaper article from Paris that was published in the New York Times. In asking the question, "What is the defining event of 1939?" we look back with historical hindsight. Many who lived through the events of the Holocaust and the rise of the Third Reich, however, might not have understood the importance of what they were experiencing or reading in the newspapers.   This episode is part of the series, "A Year in the Third Reich," where we explored significant events that took place throughout the early years of Hitler's Third Reich. In each episode, we refer to specific primary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs, maps, etc. To access and download the Primary Sources Handout for this episode, please visit: https://ackerman.utdallas.edu/virtual-outreach/.
17:54
January 20, 2022
Ep. 33 Catching up with Dr. Gonzalez
Join Dr. Nils Roemer as he catches up with Dr. Pedro Gonzalez Corona about his new position with the Ackerman Center and what he's looking forward to teaching in the spring semester.
18:03
January 04, 2022
Ep. 32 Welcoming Dr. Baker
Meet Dr. Emily-Rose Baker the new visiting assistant professor. In this episode, she and Dr. Nils Roemer talk about her research on the Holocaust by bullets and central and eastern European film studies. 
19:10
December 03, 2021
Ep. 31: 1938 Eichmann and the "Office of Jewish Emigration"
In the season finale of "A Year in the Third Reich," professors Dr. Sarah Valente and Dr. Nils Roemer discuss the quickly changing landscape in 1938. During that year, the Nazis ramped up their effort to enforce removal of Jews from German and Austrian society and mobilized to remove Jews from these countries through a so-called emigration program led by Adolf Eichmann in Vienna. This episode is part of a new series, "A Year in the Third Reich," where we explored significant events that took place throughout the early years of Hitler's Third Reich. In each episode, we refer to specific primary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs, maps, etc. To access and download the Primary Sources Handout for this episode, please visit: https://ackerman.utdallas.edu/virtual-outreach/.
29:34
May 30, 2021
Ep. 30: 1937: The Pacific War: The Rape of Nanking
In today's episode, professors Dr. Sarah Valente and Dr. Nils Roemer discuss the Japanese invasion of China in 1937, beginning the Pacific War, and the complex role of Nazi John Rabe in the Nanking Safety Zone. They also discuss the involvement of the Third Reich in the Spanish Civil War and new forms of increasing violence abroad, as well as in Nazi Germany, with the opening of the Buchenwald concentration camp.   This episode is part of a new series, "A Year in the Third Reich," where we explore significant events that took place throughout Hitler's Third Reich. In each episode, we refer to specific primary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs, maps, etc. To access and download the Primary Sources Handout for this episode, please visit: https://ackerman.utdallas.edu/virtual-outreach/.
28:10
May 30, 2021
Ep. 29: 1936: The Olympics in Berlin
In today's episode, professors Dr. Sarah Valente and Dr. Nils Roemer discuss the Olympics in Berlin of 1936, which set the Third Reich in the world's center stage.  This episode is part of a new series, "A Year in the Third Reich," where we explore significant events that took place throughout Hitler's Third Reich. In each episode, we refer to specific primary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs, maps, etc. To access and download the Primary Sources Handout for this episode, please visit: https://ackerman.utdallas.edu/virtual-outreach/.
29:32
April 25, 2021
Ep. 28: 1935: The Nuremberg Laws
In today's episode, professors Dr. Sarah Valente and Dr. Nils Roemer discuss the Nuremberg Laws of 1935. This episode is part of a new series, "A Year in the Third Reich," where we explore significant events that took place throughout Hitler's Third Reich. In each episode, we refer to specific primary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs, maps, etc. To access and download the Primary Sources Handout for this episode, please visit: https://ackerman.utdallas.edu/virtual-outreach/.
32:50
March 28, 2021
Ep. 27: 1934: Hitler and Mussolini meet in Venice
In today's episode, professors Dr. Nils Roemer and Dr. Sarah Valente discuss Hitler's meeting with Mussolini in Venice in 1934. This episode is part of a new series, "A Year in the Third Reich," where we explore significant events that took place throughout Hitler's Third Reich. In each episode, we refer to specific primary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs, maps, etc. To access and download the Primary Sources Handout for this episode, please visit: https://ackerman.utdallas.edu/virtual-outreach/. Follow us on https://www.instagram.com/holocaustpodcast/ and https://twitter.com/ackermanpodcast
26:20
February 28, 2021
Ep. 26: 1933: The Reichstag Fire & The Enabling Act
On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. In today's episode, professors Dr. Nils Roemer and Dr. Sarah Valente discuss the Reichstag Fire and the Enabling Act of 1933.  This episode is part of a new series, "A Year in the Third Reich," where we explore significant events that took place throughout Hitler's Third Reich. In each episode, we refer to specific primary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs, maps, etc. To access and download the Primary Sources Handout for this episode, please visit: www.utdallas.edu/ackerman/virtual-outreach. Follow us on https://www.instagram.com/holocaustpodcast/ and https://twitter.com/ackermanpodcast
25:19
January 31, 2021
Season 2: A Year in the Third Reich
Tune in next Sunday, January 31 at 10am for the first episode of our new podcast season.
00:46
January 24, 2021
Ep. 25: Creative Research ft. Jane Saginaw
In the first season finale, Dr. Sarah Valente and Dr. Nils Roemer invite Jane Saginaw, an outstanding PhD student in the Humanities program at UT Dallas, to read a few poems from her collection, "A Shift in Wind: Ten Poems of Women and the Holocaust," which she wrote as a creative research paper for Dr. Valente's graduate history course on Women and the Holocaust. Listen as Jane shares her deeply-moving poems and speaks about the women who inspired them, as well as the powerful mechanisms of resistance women developed as they fought to survive starvation, fatigue, and the brutalities of the Holocaust.
38:05
December 13, 2020
Ep. 24: Remembering for the Future
In this episode, Dr. Roemer and Dr. Valente discuss how the current pandemic changes the ways in which we engage with the past, history and Holocaust memory. #kristallnacht #remembrance #future
19:50
November 22, 2020
Ep. 23: Nuremberg Trials: Truth, Justice, and Memory
Dr. Sarah Valente and Dr. Nils Roemer reflect on the Ackerman Center's annual Einspruch Lecture Series, which took place on October 25 and featured Ben Ferencz. As the last living prosecutor for the US Army at the Einsatzgruppen Trial, one of the twelve military trials held by US authorities at Nuremberg, Germany, at 100 years old, Ben Ferencz shares words of wisdom with all of us. Listen to this special episode and share with those who are interested in truth, justice, and memory.
25:26
November 01, 2020
Ep. 22: Drawing Lessons from History
In this episode of the Ackerman Center Podcast, Dr. Sarah Valente interviewed Dr. Nils Roemer about the op-ed published in the Jewish Forward this week. Dr. Roemer together with other four German-born directors of Holocaust and genocide centers at American universities wrote the article "It is not too late for American Democracy — yet." You can also read the article at https://forward.com/scribe/455419/it-is-not-too-late-for-american-democracy-yet
30:45
October 04, 2020
Ep. 21: L'dor V'dor From Generation to Generation
In Episode 21: L’dor V’dor From Generation to Generation, Dr. Nils Roemer and Dr. Sarah Valente talk about the virtual celebration that took place last month to honor Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth on the eve of her retirement from UT Dallas.  They also remember the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and discuss a 2004 speech she gave at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum about antisemitism and how the Holocaust fueled her quest for justice. Considering the alarming results of the Claims Conference survey on Holocaust knowledge and awareness in millennials and Generation Z, the professors discuss how it is imperative, now more than ever, to continue the center’s mission of “Teaching the Past, Changing the Future.”
27:24
September 27, 2020
Ep. 20: Navigating Unscripted Times
In this episode, Dr. Valente and Dr. Roemer discuss the beginning of new fall semester and navigating academic life under these unscripted times of the current pandemic. They also discuss the film When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, which was featured at the 2020 Jewish Film Festival of Dallas, a first time virtual film fest.
31:05
August 23, 2020
Ep. 19: "Portraits of World War II" featuring Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth
We are excited to present the third and last episode of "Portraits of World War II." This special three-part series features beloved professors, brilliant scholars, and longtime UTD legends, whose childhoods and lives were marked by World War II. Today's special guest is Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth, Professor of Literature and History, the Leah and Paul Lewis Chair of Holocaust Studies, and the founder and director of the Holocaust Studies Program at UTD, which is one of the distinguishing hallmarks of the University. #Hungary #worldwarii #holocaustsurvivor #history #literature #poetry #translation
01:50:21
August 16, 2020
Ep. 18: "Portraits of World War II" featuring Prof. Frederick Turner
We are excited to present the second episode of "Portraits of World War II." This special three-part series features beloved professors, brilliant scholars, and longtime UTD legends, whose childhoods and lives were marked by World War II. Today's special guest is Prof. Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, poet, and renowned translator.  #poetry #literature #history #translation #worldwarII #England
01:11:55
August 09, 2020
Ep. 17: "Portraits of World War II" featuring Dr. Rainer Schulte
We are excited to present the first episode of a special three-part series, "Portraits of World War II," which features longtime legends of the University of Texas at Dallas, beloved professors in the School of Arts & Humanities, and brilliant scholars, whose childhoods and lives were marked by World War II. Today's special guest is Dr. Rainer Schulte, endowed professor of arts & humanities, founder and director of the UTD Center for Translation Studies, editor of Translation Review, and co-founder of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).  #translation #literature #languages #history #holocaust #worldwarii
55:15
August 02, 2020
Promo: Portraits of WWII
The Ackerman Center Podcast presents a special new series "Portraits of World War II".  This new three-part series features beloved professors, brilliant scholars, and longtime UTD legends Dr. Rainer Schulte, Dr. Fred Turner, and Dr. Zsuzsi Ozsváth as they address WWII's impact in their childhoods and lives.  Tune in this Sunday, August 2 at 10am for the first episode of this special three-part series.
00:40
July 29, 2020
Ep. 16: New Connections ft. Björn Krondorfer
Listen to our insightful conversation with Dr. Björn Krondorfer, director of the Martin-Springer Institute and Endowed Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University. We touch on topics of reconciliation, mutual understanding, and necessary new approaches to Holocaust, Human Rights, and Genocide Studies education. Dr. Krondorfer provides what Dr. Roemer calls, "a measured message of hope in the age of pessimism."
39:51
July 26, 2020
Ep. 15: Anne Frank Parallel Stories
Please join Dr. Nils Roemer and Dr. Sarah Valente for a live conversation about the newly-released documentary Anne Frank Parallel Stories. Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren retraces the life of Anne Frank through the pages of her diary and introduces us to the stories of five other Holocaust survivors. We invite you to watch this documentary, which is available on Netflix, prior to our conversation.
34:27
July 19, 2020
Ep. 14: New Connections ft. Adam Strom
In the "New Connections" series, Dr. Sarah Valente and Dr. Nils Roemer meet with directors of Holocaust and Human Rights centers, organizations, and museums around the world. Our featured guest today is Adam Strom, the Director of Re-Imagining Migration in Boston, and the former Director of Scholarship and Innovation at Facing History and Ourselves. Resources developed under his direction have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms and experienced by millions of students around the world. To learn more about our special guest and Re-Imagining Migration in Boston, please be sure to visit their website at https://reimaginingmigration.org/ and to learn about Facing History and Ourselves, visit: https://www.facinghistory.org/.
37:52
July 12, 2020
Ep. 13: America: Multitude of Many
On this Fourth of July weekend, listen to Dr. Nils Roemer and Dr. Sarah Valente discuss the contributions of Jewish-Americans Emma Lazarus and Irving Berlin to American culture. #GodBlessAmerica #GiveMeYourTiredYourPoor
19:23
July 05, 2020
Ep. 12: Operation Barbarossa
Join Dr. Sarah Valente and Dr. Nils Roemer to learn about Operation Barbarossa, the creation of the word "genocide" by Raphael Lemkin, and be inspired by new music by Max Richter that appeals to our common humanity.
19:25
June 28, 2020
Ep. 11: Landmark Decisions
In this new episode, Dr. Valente and Dr. Roemer discuss an exciting upcoming lecture on Operation Barbarossa, the Teacher Institute workshop, which will be hosted virtually by the Ackerman Center this week, and the beautiful concert "We Are Here" (you get to enjoy a few musical fragments from the concert). The professors also reflect on this past week's monumental landmark decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court on LGBT rights, and on protection for young immigrants. They consider how historically these vulnerable groups were persecuted during the Nazi regime.
18:05
June 21, 2020
Ep. 10: Moment of Reckoning
In this episode Dr. Valente and Dr. Roemer discuss Deeyah Khan's 2017 Emmy-winning documentary White Right: Meeting the Enemy, and the historical parallels in the rise of anti-Semitism in moments of crisis in Germany in the 1930s and during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
27:26
June 14, 2020
Ep. 9: Joachim Prinz: We Shall Not Be Silent
“The most important thing that I learned in my life is that bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problem. The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence." Rabbi Joachim Prinz Prinz was a rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin under the Hitler regime and victim of the Holocaust who spoke minutes before Martin Luther King, Jr. took the stage to deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in the 1963 March on Washington. His words are a timely reminder for us all.  Join Dr. Valente in conversation with Dr. Roemer as they discuss Prinz's speech in this new episode of the Ackerman Center Podcast.
20:58
June 07, 2020
Ep. 8: New Connections ft. Morgan Blum Schneider
In this new series, "New Connections," Dr. Sarah Valente and Dr. Nils Roemer meet with directors of Holocaust and Human Rights centers and museums around the world. Our first special guest is Morgan Blum Schneider, the director of the Jewish Family and Children's Services Holocaust Center in San Francisco. Listen to find out about meaningful new ways of connecting and supporting Holocaust education in our communities during these difficult times.   To learn more about our guest and the JFCS Holocaust Center, please visit: https://holocaustcenter.jfcs.org/.  Be sure to follow them on social media at: https://www.facebook.com/JFCSHolCenter, https://twitter.com/holocaustjfcs, and https://instagram.com/jfcsholocaustcenter/
31:53
May 31, 2020
Ep. 7: Season Finale: World on Fire
In this episode, Dr. Roemer and Dr. Valente discuss the ending of the PBS series World on Fire. They consider the lacking historical considerations by the show when it came to showcasing the abrupt disruption to Jewish life during the occupation of Poland and France by the advancing Nazis.
15:43
May 24, 2020
Ep. 6: War on Hold: World on Fire
In this episode, Dr. Nils Roemer and Dr. Sarah Valente discuss the various storylines that develop while the war itself seems to be put on hold, as the Nazis march through and occupy Paris.
15:12
May 17, 2020
Ep. 5: Dunkirk Spirit: World on Fire
In this episode, we celebrate the successful conclusion of teaching the Spring 2020 semester, where we all came together to make it to the finish line. And, we also discuss the significance of the Battle of Dunkirk and its memory as it appears in the fifth episode of World on Fire.
16:49
May 10, 2020
Ep. 4: Rapid Changes: World on Fire
Join Dr. Roemer and Dr. Valente's conversation reflecting on the end of the spring semester, and the rapid changes in the storyline of the PBS series World on Fire.
15:16
May 03, 2020
Ep. 3: Moral Dilemmas: World on Fire
Listen to Dr. Nils Roemer and Dr. Sarah Valente discuss exciting Ackerman Center events and the moral dilemmas that start to emerge on the third episode of PBS's World on Fire.
16:54
April 26, 2020
Ep. 2: Historical Considerations: World on Fire
Listen to Dr. Nils Roemer and Dr. Sarah Valente discuss on-going Ackerman Center events and the historical background to the second episode of World on Fire.
16:16
April 19, 2020
Ep. 1: Navigating New Territory: World on Fire
Listen to Dr. Nils Roemer and Dr. Sarah Valente discuss UTD's transition to online teaching and the acclaimed new PBS series World on Fire.
18:34
April 12, 2020