Narrators and Readers of the Canadian Jewish Past: A Study of Ethnic Identities and Historical Memory
Primary Sources for the Study of Canadian Jewish History (with Pierre Anctil)
Originally published in 2005 on CD ROM, now online.http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/waddington-miriam-dworkin
Research and narrative by Richard Menkis and Harold Troper.
Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, opened Oct. 15, 2009 until October, 2010.
In 2018W, the topic for HIST 104E, 201 is Fascism and Anti-Fascism as global movements, 1919-1939. We will examine how fascism and antifascism crossed borders, reflecting on where, how and why they took hold. We will explore both the explicit and hidden support offered by Italian and German diplomatic officials to fascist groups and the response of antifascist groups, including the role of the USSR. We will explore how film, literature, art and sports became tools in spreading and resisting fascism. Among the specific events that we will examine are the Italo-Ethiopian War, the 1936 Olympics, the Spanish Civil War and the 1937 International Exposition in Paris.
A survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the Jews from the time of the Christianization of the Roman Empire to the expulsion of professing Jews from Spain and Portugal at the end of the fifteenth century.
Cross-listed with RELG 331
In this course we examine the attempt to destroy European Jewry during the Nazi regime. We survey the major steps in the emergence of the "Final Solution," and examine the reactions of the victims as well as the role of the bystanders. We will focus on the historiographic issues related to research in the Holocaust. These issues include: the changing interpretations of the motivations of the perpetrators; the behaviours of the victims, both in the camps and outside; the use of evidence, including the testimonies of survivors; the cultural contexts of changing interpretations and representations of the Holocaust.
In 2018W, the topic for HIST 490S is Canada and the Holocaust, 1933-2018. We will examine Canadian government policies and public attitudes towards Jews during the Holocaust and in the immediate postwar period, as well as the encounters in "Europe of Canadian soldiers and social workers with survivors. We will also study the variety of forms of commemoration within the Jewish community and in Canadian public institutions.
I regularly teach courses in medieval Jewish history (HIST341/RELG331), modern Jewish History (HIS 342/RELG332), and the history of the Holocaust (HIST 441). I have also taught a seminar course on the historiography of genocide (one of the HIST 490 offerings). I am cross-appointed to the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies. In that department, I have offered courses in Jewish-Christian Relations (RELG 309), Jewish Responses to Catastrophe (RELG 310), Jews and Judaism in Canada (RELG 312) and Concepts and Methods in the Study of Religion (RELG 370).
I am currently supervising MA and PhD students working on various topics in modern Jewish history. If you are considering working under my supervision, please feel free to contact me so that we can discuss your interests.