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Genocide Awareness Week 2016 at Scottsdale Community College

OPENING NIGHT    MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016    6:30 P.M.


Isaac "Ike" Feiges, Survivor – My Journey from Chanowitz to Auschwitz



​Jehovah’s Witnesses: Faith Under Fire – All April in the Student Center
Iconic Images of the Genocide (from California State University – Fresno) – All April in the Student Center
Witness to the Armenian Genocide (from California State University – Fresno) – All April in the Student Center
US Holocaust Museum DC: Photographic Essay on the Holocaust – Turquoise Room
Council of Student Leaders (CSL): Before I Die Wall – Student Center

All presentations are held in the Turquoise Room located in the Student Center (SC), unless otherwise noted. (map)

April 11


Oskar Knoblauch  BIO
Survivor, Author, Speaker, OK Books LLC
Morals Learned From Surviving the Holocaust

Oskar KnoblauchOskar Knoblauch was born in Germany in 1925. As a boy he experienced the rise of Nazism and the ensuing European Holocaust of World War ll. In 2010, after much encouragement from his family, he published his book, “A Boy's Story A Man's Memory- Surviving The Holocaust 1933-1945.” The book details his family's struggle to survive those years, a brutal time for all European Jewry and countless other innocent people. His story is one of many to emerge from the ashes of the Holocaust, but it is one that is filled with the ideals of hope, courage, love, respect and tolerance.



Dr. Leo Killsback  BIO
Assistant Professor American Indian Studies Arizona State University
Genocide and American Indians: An Unacknowledged Legacy of U.S. History

Leo KillsbackLeo Killsback is an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. He is citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation of southeastern Montana. Killsback earned a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in American Indian Studies with emphases on tribal government, tribal law, federal Indian law, and American Indian culture and spirituality. Killsback grew up on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation and he culturally and spiritually identifies himself as a Cheyenne person. He has published articles related to tribal customary law, historical theory, and American Indian history, culture and philosophy. Killsback teaches graduate and undergraduate courses like American Indian Leadership, American Indian Research Methods, and American Indian Customary Law and Governance.

Break 12:00-1:00pm


Marion Weinzweig  BIO
Office Manager, Retired
Holocaust Through A Child's Eyes

Marion WeinzweigMarion Weizner was born in a Polish ghetto during World War II. She is one of the youngest living witnesses to the horrors of the Holocaust. She was given away to Christians when she was very young and hidden in convents while surviving as a Catholic. She addresses her and her family’s experiences during the war and gives eyewitness testimony through the eyes of a child to being Jewish during WWII.



Genocide Awareness Week 2016:
​Not on Our Watch
Turquoise Room – Student Center (SC)

Martha Martinez  BIO
Tribal Elder, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Opening Blessing

Martha MartinezMartha is a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and a current Scottsdale Community College student majoring in communications. She has a passion for indigenous people's culture and is an active learner/participant in her community cultural practices. Her passion for cultural has led her into her current position as NAGPRA Coordinator for the Salt River Community. She also is the current reigning Miss Indian Scottsdale Community College 2015-2016.

Isaac "Ike" Feiges  BIO
From Chanowitz to Auschwitz

Ike FeigesIn 1941 German soldiers broke into Isaac Feiges' family home and he was subsequently sent to the Auschwitz (Poland) Concentration Camp at age six as part of the “final solution” for European Jewry. He remained there for four years and then spent another five years in Displaced Person facilities in post-war Europe in Germany before finally arriving in the U.S. as a teenager. Born in Chanowitz, Romania in 1935, he was the youngest of four siblings, which his only brother perishing in the camp. Chanowitz was a large city with more than half a million residents, including a Jewish community numbering close to 200,000 individuals. The community was in the path of the German invasion of Russia in 1941 and the result was that the entire community was relocated or killed by the Nazis in their attempt to destroy any vestige of European Jewry.

April 12


Rose Mapendo  BIO
President/Founder, Rose Mapendo Foundation
Genocide in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Rose MapendoWhen ethnic violence engulfed the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rose Mapendo was imprisoned with her family. Her harrowing experience included the arrest of her entire family by government agents, the execution of her husband, the birth of their twin sons in prison, and grim negotiations with prison guards.


Renee Ochsner  BIO
Arizona Contact, Volunteer with Arnold-Liebster Foundation

Renee OchsnerBorn in Nuremberg, Germany, Ochsner has had an interest in the history and language of Germany from a very young age. In 2001 Renee began volunteering as an educator specializing in the Nazi persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses with the Arnold-Liebster Foundation. A non-political, non-profit organization, the Foundation was established by Holocaust-era survivors Max Liebster and Simone Liebster. Ochsner has presented teacher workshops, participated in Arizona Council for Social Studies conferences, presented in middle school and high school classrooms, and facilitated conferences with Jehovah's Witness survivors in Arizona.

Kristin Dickman Walter BIO
Arizona Contact, Volunteer with Arnold-Liebster Foundation

Kristin Dickman WalterAfter attending a workshop at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2000, Kristin Dickman Walter’s focus turned to the Nazi persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses. She began volunteering as a consultant with the Arnold-Liebster Foundation in 2002, a non-profit organization founded by Jehovah's Witness survivors. She has assisted educators in Arizona to access and utilize resources, participated as an exhibitor at annual Arizona Council for the Social Studies conferences, presented teacher workshops, been a guest speaker in Arizona classrooms, and facilitated participation of Jehovah's Witness survivors in conferences and classroom settings.

and, via Skype…
Simone Liebster  BIO
Co-Founder, Arnold-Liebster Foundation
Jehovah's Witnesses: Faith Under Fire - Eyewitness Testimony

Simone LiebsterSimone Liebster was born in 1930 in France. As Jehovah’s Witnesses, Simone and her parents faced increasing threats and pressure as Hitler’s armies invaded France. Simone, age 11, was determined to listen to the voice of her conscience and refused to give the Hitler salute, sing Nazi songs, was arrested and put in a Nazi penitentiary home. For nearly two years, she was forbidden to talk and forced to do hard labor. Max and Simone Liebster established the Arnold-Liebster Foundation in 2002 to educate future generations in the lessons of history and human rights. See

Break 12:00-1:00pm


Dr. Andrew Woolford  BIO
Professor and Department Head, University of Manitoba, Department of Sociology
This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States

Andrew WoolfordAndrew Woolford is professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba. He is author of “This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide and Redress in the United States and Canada” (2015), as well as “The Politics of Restorative Justice: A Critical Introduction” (2009) and “Between Justice and Certainty: Treaty-Making in British Columbia” (2005). He is co-author of “Informal Reckonings: Conflict Resolution in Mediation, Restorative Justice and Reparations” (2007). He is co-editor of “Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America” (2014) and “The Idea of a Human Rights Museum” (2015).


Dr. Alexander White  BIO
Medical Doctor, Retired and Schindler's List Survivor
My journey 1939-1945 and lessons for future generations

Alexander WhiteAlexander White is a retired physician who practiced and taught in medical school in the Chicago area for about 45 years. Born in Krosno, Poland (southern Poland) in 1923, he lived under Nazi rule from September 1939 until December 1942, including in the Ghetto of Krosno. From December 1942 until liberation on May 8, 1945, he was imprisoned in various labor and concentration campus, including the German Sudentenland. While detained there, he worked in the factory made famous in the movie "Schindler's List." He retired in 1997 and moved to Scottsdale, where he currently lives.


April 13


Dr. Sharonah Fredrick  BIO
Assistant Director, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The erasure of the Native American presence in the Conquest of the New World

Sharonah FredrickSharonah Fredrick specializes in Native American and Latin American history from the period of the Renaissance, as well as Judeo-Spanish writing from the period of the Inquisition, and the role of ethnocide in literature and anthropology. She also lectures in English, Spanish, Hebrew and Portuguese, and also has taught in the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Israel.


Dr. Alex Alvarez  BIO
Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University

Alex AlvarezDr. Alex Alvarez is a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University and was the founding Director of the Martin-Springer Institute for Teaching the Holocaust, Tolerance, and Humanitarian Values. His books include “Governments, Citizens, and Genocide,” “Murder American Style,” “Violence: the Enduring Problem,” “Genocidal Crimes,” and “Native America and the Question of Genocide.” He was a founding co-editor of the journal Genocide Studies and Prevention. He has been invited to speak and present his research in various countries such as Austria, Bosnia, Canada, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania, and Sweden.

Cheryl Drazin  BIO
Jean & Jerry Moore Southwest Civil Rights Counsel, Anti-Defamation League

Cheryl DrazinCheryl Drazin oversees the civil rights agenda for the nation’s southern and southwestern states as the Jean & Jerry Moore Southwest Civil Rights Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League. She works with six of ADL’s regional offices to handle complaints relating to discrimination in employment, housing and education. Drazin monitors state and local legislation throughout her region and advocates and testifies on behalf of specific bills that further ADL’s mission of securing justice and fair treatment for all. She provides legal guidance and oversees the civil rights agenda for her region including the areas of anti-Semitism, bullying, discrimination complaints, education equity, freedom of speech, hate crimes, immigration, separation of church and state and voting rights.

Dr. Victor Peskin  BIO
Associate Professor, Arizona State University

Victor PeskinVictor Peskin's teaching and scholarship focuses on the political and legal dimensions of human rights and international criminal tribunals. Peskin is the author of “International Justice in Rwanda and the Balkans: Virtual Trials and the Struggle for State Cooperation” (Cambridge University Press) and the forthcoming co-authored book, “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror” (University Of California Press, 2016).

with Moderator
Michael Patterson  BIO
Lawyer, Polsinelli
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court

Michael PattersonMichael Patterson is a business lawyer with special expertise in securities and international issues. He is also known as "Miguel" as he lived and worked in Latin America for more than 10 years and reads, writes, speaks, and negotiates in Spanish. In the last two years he has assisted clients with needs in Canada, Asia, Eastern/Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and all over Latin America and the Caribbean.

Break 12:00-1:00pm


Anti-Defamation League & Federal Bureau of Investigation
Contemporary issues: Hate crimes and white supremacy


Zach Ingrasci  BIO
Executive Director, Living on One Productions
Salam Neighbor: Life in a Syrian Refugee Camp

Zach IngrasciFrom living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as a radish farmer and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Zach Ingrasci is pioneering a new style of documentary filmmaking. He co-produced, directed, and starred in his award-winning film “Living On One Dollar”, which was no. 1 on iTunes for documentaries and was featured on the homepage of Netflix. He has spoken at the United Nations and TEDx, and his work has raised over $460,000 for poverty alleviation programs. He was recognized as a Top 100 Visionary Leaders of 2015 by WPO/YPO’s Real Leaders Magazine.


April 14


Dr. Nicholas Al-Jeloo  BIO
Lecturer, The University of Melbourne
Sayfo: The Assyrian Case for Genocide

Nicholas Al-Jeloo Nicholas Al-Jeloo is a lecturer in Syriac Studies at the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. In 2013, he completed his doctoral dissertation at the University of Sydney, focusing on the socio-cultural history and heritage of ethnic Assyrians in Iran. He has co-authored “A Modern Aramaic Phrasebook and Dictionary” (2007), and his most recent publications include a chapter on Iraq’s ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities in: “The Legacy of Iraq: Intervention, Occupation and Withdrawal” (2015). Dr. Al-Jeloo is a socio-cultural historian with expertise in indigenous Middle Eastern Minorities, Eastern Christianity, as well as interfaith and intercultural relations.


Dr. Daniel Kadden  BIO
Executive Director, Interfaith Works
FDR's Administration and the Holocaust

Daniel KaddenDaniel Kadden is the child of Holocaust survivors, whose mother was a passenger on the ill-fated Jewish refugee ship, MS St. Louis, in 1939. A native of Chicago, Danny has a professional background in community organizing and non-profit management. He has worked on behalf of Survivors seeking material and moral restitution, and twice testified on restitution issues before the U.S. Congress. Danny holds a Ph.D. from Brown University and has taught in the areas of sociology, Jewish studies and Holocaust/Genocide studies. He currently serves as Executive Director of an interfaith organization in Olympia, Washington.

Break 12:00-1:00pm


Dr. Peter Van der Walde  BIO
Medical Doctor, Retired
Concentration Camp Syndrome: History, Manifestations, Treatment

Peter Van der Walde photo Peter Van der Walde served 35 years in the practice of psychiatry, including the of evaluation and treatment of concentration camp survivors. Now retired, he also served as Associate director at Medfield State Hospital, MA; Founding Medical Director of Trinity Community Mental Health Center, MA; Clinical Instructor at Boston University Medical School of Medicine. Among his published works are: “Theory of Hypnosis” and “Conjoint Admissions of Mothers and Infants.”


Janice Friebaum  BIO
Chairperson, Generations After - Descendants of Holocaust Survivors in Greater Phoenix

Janice FriebaumJanice Friebaum currently chairs Generations After and is Vice President of its parent organization, the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association. She serves on the Coordinating Council of Generations of the Shoah, International and the Governing Board of World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants. She worked with the international effort to recover World War II-era insurance policy benefits for Holocaust survivors and their heirs, and conducts sensitivity training for frontline social service and healthcare workers who assist survivors. She has presented on the Holocaust at middle and high schools, universities, academic conferences, and religious, private, non-profit and governmental entities.

Dr. Bjorn Krondorfer  BIO
Director, Martin-Springer Institute & Professor of Comparative Religious Studies, Northern Arizona University
Living With Our Fathers' Stories: A Conversation Between the Daughter of a Holocaust Survivor and the Son of a Nazi Youth

Bjorn KrondorferBjorn Krondorfer is the director of the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University, where he also is Endowed Professor of Religious Studies. Publications include Male Confessions"(Stanford UP), "Men and Masculinities in Christianity and Judaism" (London, SCM), and "Remembrance and Reconciliation" (Yale UP). Krondorfer has been invited to present his research and facilitate seminars in South Africa, Australia, South Korea, Finland, Poland, United Kingdom, Italy, Israel/Palestine, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Canada.


April 15


Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian​  BIO
Berberian Coordinator, Armenian Studies Program and Director, Center for Armenian Studies
The Armenian Genocide after 100 Years: Denial and Its Consequences

Barlow Der Mugrdechian​Barlow Der Mugrdechian is the Berberian Coordinator of the Armenian Studies Program and Director of the Center for Armenian Studies at Fresno State. He has been teaching courses in Armenian language, history, literature, culture, art, church for the past thirty-one years. He is a graduate of UCLA, where he majored in Armenian Language and Literature. Der Mugrdechian edited the volume, Between Paris and Fresno: Armenian Studies in Honor of Dickran Kouymjian, (Mazda Press, 2008), 761 pp. The Festschrift encompasses articles from forty-five scholars. In 1996 Der Mugrdechian received the 1995-1996 Provost's Award for Excellence.


Dr. Umit Kurt  BIO
Visiting Research Associate, Fresno State University
The Spirit of the Laws. The Plunder of Wealth in the Armenian Genocide

Umit KurtUmit Kurt is a Ph.D. candidate in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at Clark University, where he is completing his dissertation. He has written extensively on Armenian Genocide, early modern Turkish nationalism and Aintab Armenians. He is the author of the “Great, hopeless Turkish race” (İletişim Publishing House, 2012) and editor of the “Revolt and Destruction: Construction of the state from Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic and collective violence” (Tarih Vakfı, 2015). He teaches history at Sabancı University in Istanbul and is co-author, along with Taner Akçam, of “The spirit of the laws: the plunder of wealth in the Armenian Genocide” (Berghahn Books, 2015).

Break 12:00-1:00pm


Law Enforcement Training:
What You Do Matters


April 16


Genocide Studies Workshop for Educators

Sarah Cohan  BIO
Education Consultant, The Genocide Education Project
The Fundamentals of Genocide and the Armenian Case

Sarah CohanSara Cohan is an educational consultant specializing in human rights and genocide education. She was the Education Director of The Genocide Education Project for ten years and now consults for them. In 2001, she was named the Research Fellow for Teaching Tolerance (Southern Poverty Law Center) and recently served on their advisory board. She was a recipient of a Fulbright-Hays scholarship and studied Islamic influences in Europe as a fellow for the NEH. She was a lecturer for the Council of Europe in Budapest in 2009 and has worked with the Armenian Genocide Museum and Institute in Yerevan. Photo:

Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian​
Berberian Coordinator, Armenian Studies Program and Director, Center for Armenian Studies

Break 12:00-1:00pm


Genocide Studies Workshop for Educators continues

Events Continue…

April 25


Genocide Memorial Service 
To remember genocide victims the world over and throughout time. The service is being held at the Genocide Memorial in the center of campus.

Martha Martinez, Tribal Elder of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will give the Closing Blessing.


For more information, contact John Liffiton at (480) 423-6447 or


St. Apkar Armenian Apostolic Church of Arizona  |  Anti-Defamation league  |  Assyrian American Cultural Organization of Arizona  |  Maricopa Community Colleges  |  Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction (MCLI)  |  SCC Honors  |  Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C.  |  Northern Arizona University  |  International Association of Genocide Scholars  |  The Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies  |  University of Manitoba  |  Phoenix Holocaust Survivors' Association  |  Arnold-Liebster Foundation  |  Cal‑State Fresno  |  The Genocide Education Project  |  Center for Civic & Global Engagement  |  The University of Melbourne