From 'Holocaust by Bullets' to Auschwitz

Regional Dimensions of the Final Solution

Uzhhorod National University

Transcarpathia, Ukraine

16-19 June 2019

About Us

Auschwitz Death Camp


The conference will provide an integrated and multi-dimensional view of the evolution of the Final Solution in Central and Eastern Europe. It aims to present new voices, new perspectives, and new approaches for understanding the Holocaust.  Most widely known images depict only the final chapter, the extermination of millions in gas chambers, however the ghettoization and subsequent extermination of millions between 1941-1943 was also carried out by lesser known (but equally lethal) 'person-to-person' methods: bullets. The conference connects the starting and final chapters and  the ongoing genocide between them. The conference will also commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Hungarian Holocaust.

Location & Host Institution

As the host of the conference, the State University of Uzhhorod National University, Uzhhorod, is a leading higher education institution in the Transcarpathia region of Ukraine. It was selected for its academic excellence as well as central location,  in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual region. Transcarpathia has been populated through the centuries by Rusyns, Hungarians, Romanians, Slovakians, Germans  Jews and Roma. At the "cross-roads" of the region, Uzhhorod is easily accessible from the  neighboring countries by car or train. Overseas participants can fly to Budapest or other regional airports in Hungary and proceed by train.

S’tut vey!
S’tut shrecklekh vey!
It hurts!
It hurts terribly!
When not the foreign enemy,
But they!

Themes & Topics

Regional Implementation of the Holocaust: Comparative Perspectives

The evolution of the Holocaust: from Bullets to Gas Chambers

"The Silence of God:" Theological Questions About the Holocaust

Holocaust Education: Lessons for Future Generations

The Holocaust in Contemporary Political Discourse

The Holocaust in the Mirror of Literature, Art, Film and Music

Reconstituting a Community: Post Holocaust Generations

Perpetrators, Collaborators, & Rescuers in the Holocaust

Students' Reflections: What Have They Learned about the Holocaust

Call for papers




The conference aims to attract students and scholars with new ideas, new perspectives, and creative approaches toward the understanding of the Holocaust. The organizers hope to host scholarly papers as well as foster discussions between various disciplines and scholars and students. Therefore, two forums are organized through which individuals can participate in the conference: (1) paper presentations, and (2) round-table discussions. Participants are encouraged to engage in both forms of scholarly exchanges!

Please complete the form below:

Name of the presenter or registrant (include official or scientific title):

Name of the co-presenter: (If any)

Home Institution (university or scholarly institution):

Email Address:

Phone (optional): for emergency purposes

Title of the Presentation:

An Abstract (200 words):

Participation in Roundtable Discussions:

Participants strongly encourage to join one or several of the discussion groups which will be moderated by leading scholars.

Select from the list of themes and topics you would be interested in participating in the round-table discussions. 

Participation in Optional Trips:

Indicate if you are interested in joining in any of the optional trips organized by the conference. (see list above).

Deadline for sending a proposal, with title and abstract: February 8, 2019.  Results will be announced by March 1, 2019.

Send proposals or conference registration to:

Ms. Sivan Perdue


Tel: (585) 309)-1717



travel Information

Travel Information: 

Overseas travelers advised to fly into Budapest. However, Vienna and Prague can also be an option. The train schedule, though, is more complicated than from Budapest. For cheap flight inside Europe, the town of Debrecen in Hungary also maintains an international airport. The easiest and most comfortable mode of transportation in Europe is by train. The passport and custom control is also easier on the train. From Hungary, there are trains running between Budapest and Debrecen to the Hungarian Border Crossing in Zahony. From there, a local train can bring the traveler over the border to Csop, in the Ukrainian side. From the Ukrainian side the center of Uzhhorod is only a short ride. On the train station, informational assistance will be provided to the participants. There are daily buses from Nyíregyháza in Hungary; from Košice, and Michalovce in Slovakia.  About schedule of trains, you may consult the website of the Hungarian railways. 

Uzhhorod is in Western Ukraine on the Hungarian and Slovakian  borders. It is safe and delightful, harking back to the Hapsburg Empire. For general information about Uzhhorod click on   


Hotel: selection in progress 

Hostel: selection in progress

The Synagogue of Uzhhorod

The Synagogue of Uzhhorod

optional trips for conference participants

Pre-Conference Trip June 12-15: AUSCHWITZ

Join the American students for an optional trip, in cooperation with the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow. The trip will include a visit to Auschwitz and its museum, the area of the ghetto of Krakow, tour of the Schindler factory, view of the exhibits in the Galicia  Jewish Museum, and an evening of Jewish culture. 

"Vanished World:  Once Jews Lived Here" June 19-20: 

Optional Post-Conference Trip to the small village of Vilhivce (Irholc in Hungarian) in Transcarpathia.    

The shtetle, frozen in time, hosts two cemeteries and a synagogue, which was converted to a storage facility and has not been used since 1944. After a visit of these sites, a lecture about the history of the Jews of the village, theirdeportation and murder, and the reciting of the Kaddish in the synagogue will complement the visit.


The Field Trip will continue across the border to Sighet, Romania, the birth place of Elie Wiesel, where a tour of the town and a lecture will conclude the Field Trip. From there, the group will return to Budapest.

Tour of Budapest June 20-25:  

Interested participants may join the American delegation on a 4-day tour of Budapest. Special activities include an introduction to Jewish Budapest, visit of historical sites, and cultural events.  

Estimated Cost: in progress

The Synagogue of Vilhivce-Irholc


Registration Fee: 

Students are free (use code STDNT). 

Discounted fee for participants from the seven countries of the region is US$30 (use code EEU). A limited number of special scholarships will be available. 

All other registrants (to include The Americas, Asia, Australia and Western European participants) the fee is $50. 

These fees will cover special lunches and dinners during which key-note addresses are delivered.  


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Participant & Sponsoring organizations

A Special Thank You to the following entities and individuals for their support of the conference. This is only a preliminary list of sponsoring and/or participating organizations. Updates are provided periodically:

  • State University of Uzhhorod National University, Transcarpathia 
  • Salisbury University, Maryland
  • John Wesley Theological College, Budapest 
  • Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj, Romania
  • Jewish Theological Seminary--University of Jewish Studies, Budapest
  • "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava, Romania 
  • Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow
  • Yahad-in Unum
  • CLIO Institute, Budapest
  • The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, Budapest
  • EV Global Education Consulting, Delaware 
  • Hungarian Fulbright Commission, Budapest
  • GlobiXe LLC, Rochester
  • Fundatia Tarbut Sighet-Cultura si Educatie Iudaica, Romania
  • Transcarpathian Regional Jewish Cultural-Educational Society 

Individual Donors

  • Peter Mermelshteyn, President TRJCES
  • Dr. David Cohen & Ellen Cohen
  • EV Global Education Consulting


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