A few weeks ago I wrote about how Bettina Stangneth’s book Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer had transformed our understanding of the perpetrator Adolf Eichmann. So too has Wendy Lower’s book Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields expanded our knowledge of German women in the Third Reich, offering a much more nuanced, complex, and indeed, troubling portrait of the young German women who chose to go to “the wild east.”
If you are reading this blog, then you undoubtedly already have an interest in the history of the Holocaust. How you made that connection varies from person to person. For some, the link is family history; for others, some aspect of the story has drawn you in and motivated you to learn about this difficult
Kristallnacht–the Night of Broken Glass, as the Nazis themselves chose to call it–refers to the organized violence that swept across Germany and Austria on the night of November 9 – 10, 1938 as Brown Shirts, members of the Sturmabteiling, dressed in civilian clothes, ransacked and destroyed Jewish shops and businesses. They desecrated and set synagogues
November 17 | 7 p.m. Chapman Auditorium | Memorial Hall Father Patrick Desbois President, Yahad-In Unum Author of The Holocaust By Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews Although nearly seventy years have passed since the war in Europe ended, and with it the Nazis’ plan to
This poignant connection between a 9th grade student and a Holocaust survivor came about because of a special learning opportunity which challenges students to connect through art, writing or film with men and women who experienced humanity at its worse, who experienced silence from the world, and who experienced inexplicable loss and suffering. This opportunity goes far beyond a history textbook or even a literary memoir. It exists because people believe that living history and the preservation of memory are important, indeed crucial. It exists because of the Chapman University Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.
A Night of Broken Glass and Shattered Community November 7 | 6:30 PM Wallace All Faiths Chapel | Fish Interfaith Center Reflections by Curt Lowens Holocaust Survivor and Rescuer This event is co-sponsored by the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, Hillel, Chapman Interfaith Council, Fish Interfaith Center. Admission is free. No tickets/reservations required. Reserved seating
Next Tuesday, October 28, at 4 p.m. in the Bush Conference Center, Beckman Hall, room 404, scholar and author Dr. Alan Rosen will speak on a challenging and complex topic. His lecture is entitled “Miraculous Testimony: Recounting Wondrous Interventions from the Days of Wrath.” As Dr. Rosen would be the first to say, the miraculous
October 28, 2014 I 4 p.m. Bush Conference Center I Beckman Hall I Room 404 Alan Rosen, Ph.D. Author of The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder On the face of it, the miraculous would seem to have no place in Holocaust testimony or in the Holocaust in general. Yet,
This evening a traveling exhibit “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich,” created by the German Federal Bar, opens in Kennedy Hall at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University. The exhibit can be viewed from October 13 – November 21 during business hours. If you are in the area,
Seventy years ago, on Yom Kippur, September 27, 1944, the Jews of Auschwitz debated whether or not to fast. They were, after all, starving, each of them near death. Among the prisoners was a teenager just three days shy of his 16th birthday.