This Saturday marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass” in which a tidal wave of Nazi violence swept through Germany and Austria, leaving in its wake not only broken glass, burnt synagogues, and desecrated Torahs, but shattered human lives. To us, these events seem remote at best. For many of our
Perspectives on Kristallnacht November 7 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM Wallace All Faiths Chapel | Fish Interfaith Center Holocaust Survivors and Witnesses to Kristallnacht Engelina Billauer, Curt Lowens, Idele Stapholtz, Cantor Leopold Szneer Chapman University Faculty Participants School of Law: Michael Bazyler; Department of History: Marilyn Harran, Stefan Ionescu, Jennifer Keene, Shira Klein, Jeff Koerber
October 22 • 4:00 PM Bush Conference Center | Beckman Hall | Room 404 Dr. Alan Rosen Author of The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Boder Thanks to the dedicated work of organizations such as The “1939” Club and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, tens of thousands of Holocaust survivor
Earlier this week we at Chapman University celebrated the news that Dr. François Englert, Distinguished Visiting Professor in Residence and founding member of Chapman’s Institute for Quantum Studies, had received the Nobel Prize in Physics. He is a person who has accomplished the truly extraordinary–and he is also a child survivor of the Holocaust.
October 3 • 4:00 PM Wallace All Faiths Chapel | Fish Interfaith Center Dr. David N. Crowe Professor of History, Elon University Professor of Legal History, Elon University School of Law Author of Oskar Schindler: The Untold Story of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the List (2004) While Jews were the
The first scenes of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List (1993) show a man lay out his fine clothing, carefully select a tie, and embellish his suit with a Nazi Party lapel pin. The viewer soon discovers that this is Oskar Schindler, not only a Nazi but an opportunist, a businessman with questionable ethics, and a notorious
A few days ago I viewed for the first time in several years Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film Schindler’s List. In my experience, relatively few films remain meaningful and visually powerful so many years after one’s first viewing. That was certainly the case for me with Schindler’s List.
Oskar Schindler, Raphael Lemkin, and the Question of Genocide: The Trial of Amon Goeth October 1 •7 p.m. Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center Dr. David N. Crowe Professor of History, Elon University Professor of Legal HIstory, Elon University School of Law Author of Oskar Schindler: The Untold Story of His Life, Wartime Activities,
During the Holocaust, non-Jews faced a choice: to collaborate with or to resist Nazi rule. Many European gentiles living under German occupation adopted an indirect but still morally compromising course, choosing partial accommodation to Nazi policies rather than total collaboration. Others joined resistance movements only after it was clear that the Allies were winning the war. Jews encountered a far narrower set of options, but some took the difficult path to confront Nazi oppression with armed opposition. Two recently-published books reexamine aspects of resistance and collaboration in light of new research.
This week Secretary of State John Kerry spoke of the situation in Syria and our national time of decision regarding possible military action as a “Munich moment.” He was referring to the conference that occurred in late September 1938 in Munich in which the leaders of Great Britain, France, and Italy met with Adolf Hitler