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International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27. The following University of Victoria experts are available for media comment this week.

These three experts are among many UVic scholars whose research aims to shed light on one of the darkest periods in human history and teach new generations about racism, anti-Semitism, human rights and social justice.

Edwin Hodge (Sociology) is an expert in the fields of social movement theory, gender theory and political sociology. He can comment on right-wing extremism and conspiracy ideology, including anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial. (Email: [email protected])

Charlotte Schallie (Germanic and Slavic Studies) is a specialist in German, Swiss and Austrian literature and cinema after 1945. She is the project manager of Narrative Art and Visual Storytelling in Holocaust and Human Rights Education, the international project based in UVic, which connects accomplished graphic designers with Holocaust survivors to transform survivor stories into compelling visual narratives; these will be published as a collection of graphic novels, But I live, by University of Toronto Press in May. Schallié is available to talk about this project and related themes, including the use of graphic novels in Holocaust education, the urgency of preserving Holocaust memories, and the role of interdisciplinary collaboration in sharing the stories of the survivors. (Email: [email protected]a)

Kristin Semmens (History) is an expert in 20th century German and European history, specializing in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. She has published a book on public and commercial tourism in Nazi Germany and is currently writing her second book, Nazi Germany in brief, for Bloomsbury Press. Semmens is also a public scholar and educator, regularly teaching about the Holocaust in middle and high schools and other local public places. She is available to talk about the history of Nazi Germany in the European context, the role of tourism within the Nazi regime and other topics related to Holocaust education. (Email: [email protected])

For more than a decade, UVic has played a leading role in Holocaust studies. Home to the I-witness Holocaust Field School (the first of its kind for undergraduate students at a Canadian university when it launched in 2010), the Faculty of Humanities also offers a Masters program in Holocaust Studies (the only one of its kind in Canada). Reflecting the direction of UVic’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 16 of the UN SDGs on Peace and Justice, UVic researchers continue to tackle contemporary issues of hatred, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, ethnic conflict and genocide. Learn more about the SDGs and UVic

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