A Traveling Tombstone “Tevat Paul” in Montreal

Visiting Professor Frank Chalk, Department of History Concordia University, Montreal QC, Canada

“…there´s a not inconsiderable Canadian connection in both my personal and professional life…” — Paul A. Levine, Summer 2018.

After special trip to New York – Levine‘s city of birth – Tevat Paul moved further, hexagonally dissecting the expanses of the “heavenly ocean” on the small Embraer aircraft, direction Montreal, to meet Professor Frank Chalk at Concordia University.

Professor of History and Research Director at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University, Prof. Dr. Frank Chalk was Paul Levine’s mentor and colleague for several decades. On the tenth floor of the Library Building, seated in his History Department office, overlooking Montreal Downtown West from a bird’s eye view, Professor Chalk shared his memories of meetings with Paul Levine.

At this picture the Traveling Tombstone “Tevat Paul“  lays in hands of Prof. Dr. Frank Chalk; in Professor's office, Department of History Concordia University, Montreal QC, Canada.
A Traveling Tombstone “Tevat Paul“ meets Prof. Dr. Frank Chalk, Department of History Concordia University, Montreal QC, Canada. Series: “Zweisam”; Sculptor: Robert Schmidt-Matt. Material: Diabas, 10 x 10 x 12 cm. Engraved: “RESPONSIBLE IRRESPONSIBILITY – Paul A. Levine”.

“Over the years, we have met and exchanged ideas several times starting with my visit to Uppsala University in the late 1990s to participate in a teacher training program, followed by discussions during a training program for mid-level foreign affairs officials organized by the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation in Poland in 2012, and, most recently, at the Armenian Government conference on genocide prevention in Yerevan in April 2016…”.

“Dr. Levine is one of those rare research scholars who thinks deeply and seriously about what we teach and how we teach it. In publication after publication and talk after talk, he probes what changes happen in the classroom when we teach about the Shoah in different nations and cultural contexts, how the recent emphasis on the memory of the Holocaust affects the facts we emphasize or ignore, and what lessons the Holocaust might teach us that would inform our responses to identity politics….”
– Chalk, Frank, 2016.

A Traveling Tombstone “Tevat Paul“ visited Prof. Dr. Frank Chalk, Department of History Concordia University, Montreal QC, Canada. Series: “Zweisam”; Sculptor: Robert Schmidt-Matt. Material: Diabas, 10 x 10 x 12 cm. Engraved: “RESPONSIBLE IRRESPONSIBILITY – Paul A. Levine”.

Professor Chalk asked detailed questions about both the Tevat Paul project and the Initiative itself, showing high interest and great participation, expressing the warmest wishes for success.

Thanks for the cookies, Professor Chalk, and for the heartfelt welcome.

With the beginning of summer 2022, the very first journey of the Traveling Tombstone Tevat Paul was nearing its successful conclusion. The way forward takes us back home, to Berlin. Just as wars finally end with negotiations, so travels end with the way home. And the first journey that has come to an end clears the way for the next one… Maybe Sweden or Israel? England, Hungary? – Who knows…

Do you too feel connected to Professor Paul A. Levine and his work, and would you like to meet Tevat Paul, a Traveling Tombstone dedicated to the star-historian as well?

Drop me a note 📩  @CONTACT and let us schedule a meeting.

Yours,
Elena Medvedev – I’m from Ukraine! 🇺🇦

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the Holocaust historian Paul A. Levine

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