Resistance will be the overarching theme of the 33rd Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide at Millersville University. The conference, held April 2-4, will commemorate the centenary of the beginning of World War I and the Armenian Genocide, 75 years since the beginning of World War II and the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.

Dr. Victoria Khiterer

“During this year’s conference, we will discuss various forms of resistance to the Holocaust and Genocide: Armed and passive resistance, uprisings in the ghettos and concentration camps, partisan and underground movements, church resistance, aid and rescue of the victims of the Holocaust and Genocide,” said Dr. Victoria Khiterer, assistant professor of history and conference director.

The conference will open at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, with the documentary film “Misa’s Fugue” in the Student Memorial Center on campus.

On April 3-4, the conference sessions will take place on Millersville University’s main campus in Bolger Conference Center, located in Gordinier Hall.

Registration of conference participants begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 3. Sessions will run from 9:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., followed by the Aristides De Sousa Mendes Lecture at 7 p.m. This year’s keynote speech will be presented by Zvi Gitelman, University of Michigan. Gitelman will present on the topic “Rumination, Resignation and Resistance.”

The Holocaust and Genocide Conference will continue on Friday, April 4, from 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Following Friday’s sessions, a cultural program will be held from 2-4 p.m. in Myers Auditorium, McComsey Hall, and will feature a reading from Barry Kornhauser’s adaptation of the novel “The Devil’s Arithmetic,” performed by MU students. Kornhauser is MU’s family arts collaborative manager.

A special exhibit will also be held during the conference in the McNairy Library and Learning Forum, Room 106. The Blavatnik Archive exhibition will feature “Lives of the Great Patriotic War: The Untold Story of the Soviet Jewish Soldiers in the Red Army During WWII.”

All conference events are free and open to the public. For more information on the 33rd Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide, contact Khiterer at 717-871-5525 or To view the full schedule of events, visit:


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  1. I’m so excited to see this continuing at Millersville. As a graduate of the MU history department, it makes me very proud to see my alma mater doing such wonderful work, and increasing not only the reputation of MU, but also the scholarship and exposure of such an important part of world history.

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