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Lessons from the Holocaust Are Still Relevant Today

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Lessons from the Holocaust Are Still Relevant Today

This fall, three programs will explain and explore civil rights, prejudice, racism, and the dangers of remaining silent against bureaucratic abuse of power. The programs are studies of the Holocaust, but the topics remain relevant today.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Patricia Heberer-Rice, senior historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, discusses "In Their Own Words: The World of the Child During the Holocaust." Heberer-Rice, who received her doctorate in modern Germany history from the University of Maryland, is the museum's in-house specialist on medical crimes and eugenics politics in Nazi Germany. In 2011, she published the book Children During the Holocaust, which focuses on the youngest victims of the genocide.

Heberer-Rice's discussion begins at 7 p.m. in Philips Autograph Library, Philips Memorial Building.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, Jonathan C. Friedman, professor of history and director of WCU's Holocaust & Genocide Studies, examines "The Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp: Atrocities on Trial." Friedman will dis­cuss new research about this camp, located north of Berlin, and the postwar trials that involved the camp's personnel, noting that 2017 is "the 70th anniversary of the major Sachsenhausen trial held by Soviet officials in their zone of occupation in Germany." He is the author of nine books, most recently The History of Genocide in Cinema.
Friedman will speak at 7 p.m. in Sykes Student Union Theater.

The concluding lecture takes place on Thursday, Nov. 9, and features Marcia Sachs Littell, professor emerita, Richard Stockton University, and executive director of the Philadelphia Center on the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights.An internation­ally recognized Holocaust educator, she will discuss "Teaching About Kristallnacht and the Lessons of the Holocaust." Littell founded the graduate program in Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Stockton. Her books include Liturgies on the Holocaust: An Interfaith Anthology and Women in the Holocaust: Responses, Insights, and Perspectives.

Littell begins her talk at 7 p.m. in Sykes Theater.

On its website, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum states, "The Holocaust provides one of the most effective subjects for examining basic moral issues … [and] an investigation into human behavior. It also addresses one of the central mandates of education in the United States, which is to examine what it means to be a responsible citizen."

WCU has been a pioneer in Holocaust Studies since 1978, when an undergraduate course in the Holocaust was first offered. The program now includes a master of arts in Holocaust & genocide studies, a certification program, an undergraduate minor, a regional education center, and a library collection.

For additional information, contact Jonathan Friedman at 610-436-2972 or email