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Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Welcome to the digital collections of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Portraying Memories: Portraits and Conversations with Survivors of the Shoah

In February 2013, Felix de la Concha, a prominent Spanish artist, collaborated with CHGS to include Twin Cities Holocaust survivors in his latest portrait series, Portraying Memories: Portraits and Conversations with Survivors of the Shoah. De la Concha painted survivors of the Shoah (Holocaust) from all over the world. While posing, his subjects talked about their lives and shared their testimonies of survival. These sessions were recorded and depict the portraits transformation from a blank canvas to the finished piece; providing the viewer with a powerful and emotionally charged, multidimensional representation of the encounter with his sitters. Eight local survivors participated in the project; their portraits and testimony appear on the CHGS YouTube channel along with the 31 other survivors who sat with De la Concha between 2007 and 2013. The entire project can be viewed by clicking here.


Voice to Vision

The Voice to Vision collaborative project, founded by University of Minnesota art professor David Feinberg, captures the extraordinary experiences of genocide survivors from different parts of the world. The stories of the survivors are first shared through dialogue, and then transformed into works of visual art that display painting, drawing, collage, and mixed media. Each art piece has been created through collaboration with a team of artists and genocide survivors. As the survivors share their experiences, members of the collaborative team exchange ideas and make creative decisions together to produce a work of art that reflects the convergence of each voice involved in the project.



Armenian Genocide

Relief poster for Armenian victims from 1915Containing media from the time of the Armenian genocide (1915-1920) and from the 1940’s, this collection includes relief posters, editorial cartoons, and Minnesota newspaper articles about the Armenian genocide.




CHGS Exhibitions

FPiece from the Coexistence Exhibitionind images, artists, and pieces that have been part of important CHGS exhibitions from the past, including Witness & Legacy, Absence/Presence, and Coexistence.




CHGS Permanent Collection

'Arts and Crafts in the Third Reich,' by Fritz HirschbergerOur collections have been exhibited throughout the United States over our 20 year history. Sharing our art, artifacts, and visual testimony allows us to extend our impact beyond our campus and community. We are seeking collaborations and venues to display our works. Contact us for more information at 612-624-9007 or by email



CHGS Book and Video Collection

Feinstein Digital Gallery

Painting by David FriedmannNamed for CHGS founding director Stephen Feinstein, with a vision to explore and to challenge viewers. This collection contains art representing a variety of responses to the Holocaust, other genocides, mass violence, refugees and migration.
Artists Represented: Samuel Bak, Saul Balagura, Joseph Bau, Israel Bernbaum, Vivian Bower, Daisy Brand, Alice Lok Cahana, Elvire Coriat de Baere, Pete Driessen, Robert O. Fisch, Toby Knobel Flueck, David Friedmann, Aharon Gluska, Fay Grajower, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Wolfgang Hergeth, Edward Hillel, Fritz Hirschberger, Marty Kalb, Boris Kobe, Jordan Krimstein, Gerson Leiber, Eli Leskey, Judith Liberman, Esther Lurie, Carolyn H. Manosevitz, Haim Maor, Betty Mittleman, Aaron Morgan, Susi Rosenberg, David Schwab, Shelomo Selinger, Johannes Steyer, Josef Szajna, Susan May Tell, Cy Thao, Apo Torosyan, Arnold Trachtman, Szombathi Zoltan.


Holocaust and Genocide Memorials

Berlin Memorial to the Murdered Jews of EuropePhotographs and documents relating to memorials to the Holocaust, genocides, and related events, from many countries in Europe and elsewhere.




Minnesota and the Holocaust: Survivors, Witnesses, Liberators

Ruth Margot Lustig and Lodewyk (Lowe) MeyerVisual and oral testimony, documents, and photographs from survivors, liberators, and witnesses who made Minnesota their home.




Numismatic and Philatelic Artifacts

Souvenir stamp sheets honoring Chiune SugiharaStamps, money, postcards, and commemorative covers relating to the Holocaust and WWII.




Visualizing Otherness: Racism and Antisemitism in Popular Media

Fascist propaganda poster from WWIIImages and artifacts that perpetuate stereotypes and racial beliefs which discriminate against targeted groups of people. Includes propaganda, toys, books, and other documents.




WWII Histories, Narratives, Artifacts, and Evidence

Letter from Polish Prisoner Georg SwierczynskiPersonal narratives, documents and other material relating to life during the Holocaust.




Concentration Camp Liberation Photos

Electric Fence enclosing Dachau Concentration CampPhotographs of concentration camp liberation. This collection is only accessible through UMN login to students, faculty, and staff.