Reconsidering Key Events and Themes of the Holocaust

  • The Holocaust in Hungary and Current Debates - September 10
    Paul Hanebrink, Rutgers University

  • The Soviet Encounter with the Nazi Camps - October 1
    Jochen Hellbeck, Rutgers University

    Jochen Hellbeck is professor of history at Rutgers University with a specialty in Russia. He is  particularly interested in studying autobiographical accounts and people’s self-understandings in historical perspective. His first book, Revolution on My Mind (2006), explores personal diaries written in the Soviet Union under Stalin. The “Stalingrad Transcripts,” published in German in 2012, tell the stories of Soviet people who lived through this decisive battle of the Second World War. The book, forthcoming in English with PublicAffairs (New York), explores dozens of oral histories, ranging from army generals to nurses and riflemen, that were recorded by a group of Moscow historians who visited Stalingrad in 1943. His current research continues to be on World War II. His forthcoming book focuses on the Soviet experience of the Nazi German occupation regime

  • Trip to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum - October 23
    Special Exhibit: Neighbors
    Discussion with curator: Encounters with Neighbors, Susan Bachrach, USHMM

    Susan D. Bachrach is exhibition coordinator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She curated the current exhibit “Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity during the Holocaust.”  She is the author of Dames Employées: The Feminization Of Postal Work In Nineteenth Century France, The Nazi Olympics Berlin 1936, and Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust.

  • The Wannsee Conference: Crucial Step towards the 'final solution' or just another meeting? - November 19
    Juergen Matthaus, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

    The presentation will discuss the historical relevance of the Wannsee Conference in the context of Nazi anti-Jewish policy. What stage in the process of evolution towards genocide had been reached by the time Heydrich sent out the invitation and by the time the meeting was held? What was Heydrich's agenda, and what interests did the other participants bring to the table? How have post-war perceptions of the meeting changed over time?

    Dr. Jürgen Matthäus is a historian and director for Applied Research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Recent publications include (with Jochen Böhler and Klaus-Michael Mallmann), War, Pacification, and Mass Murder, 1939: The Einsatzgruppen in Poland, Lanham 2014, (with Klaus-Michael Mallmann, Andrej Angrick, and Martin Cüppers), Dokumente der Einsatzgruppen in der Sowjetunion, 3 vols., Darmstadt 2012-14; and (with Emil Kerenji, Jan Lambertz, and Leah Wolfson) Jewish Responses to Persecution, 1941-1942, Lanham 2012.

  • Rescue and Moral Responsibility - Dec 3

 Meetings take place on the Rutgers campus, 12 College Avenue, on Wednesdays, from 4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.