Silent Speech 

by Avi T. Shaver


My Writings (some)

The Eruv
(Presented at the University of Graz, May 2018) 

The Holocaust and Museums
(Museum Studies and Philosophy-Final Paper, December 2019)

Religious Sentiments of 1929 Jerusalem Riots 
(Senior Capstone-2018) 

Zapatista Context
(Modern Latin American History-Final Paper May 2017) 

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The Chronicles 


Hey! I'm Avi. Thanks for visiting. I'm using this blog to document experiences, adventures, and other events throughout my life that have taught me the significance of history and its relevance throughout the world. I'm from the United States. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a double major in History and Jewish Studies. My focus in history specialty focuses on atrocities, religious persecution, and the memory of violence. I speak 5 languages, have lived in South America, and won Eagle Scout Project of the Year. 

Historic places I've been to: 

House in Colonia, Uruguay

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Arlington National Cemetery, DC, USA

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Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, MN, USA

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House in Colonia, Uruguay

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My book of the month: 


Empire's Workshop by Greg Grandin. This book really is one of the most eye-opening historical discussions of how the United States worked to subvert democratically elected governments in Latin America because they were worried about the influence of communism there. It is fascinating to see how the influence of the United States' hand still plays a role even if not physically present. It covers the full timeline. Altogether, it will make the reader gasp and question the role of what it means to "play around" in global affairs. 

My film of the month: 


All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) of Lewis Milestone, starring Lew Ayers is a tragic story above all. Released not long after the well-received book, this film also received the Best Picture Award in 1930. It takes us on the story of a young lad Paul as he learns to love war in the first half and detests it by the second half. The loss of innocence is moving. An anthology of realism in war paints a dark side of what it means to fight/die for one's country. Its lessons still echo. The book writes, "This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it."