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Some were Neighbors: Complicity & Collaboration, a Workshop with The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
September 13, 2017 @ 12:10 pm - 2:00 pm
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) has a permanent and online exhibit that highlights the role bystanders played in facilitating the escalation of genocidal policies towards European Jews. While Hitler and high level Reich members have primarily been held accountable for the atrocities of the Nazi regime, along with specific perpetrators of their genocidal aims, widening the scope outside of the parameters of the rank and file members of the party introduces a host of more complex and ambiguous issues.
The exhibit content provides the opportunity to explore the myriad of motivations impacting the average person living in Nazi Germany or occupied territories, from apathy and indifference to anti-Semitism, instrumental or hostile motivations, fear and intimidation, etc. In this workshop, Dr. Susan Bachrach, Curator of Special Exhibitions at the USHMM offers a rich and informative perspective for participants that outlines the main themes of the exhibit and sets the foundation for the theme of “Complicity & Collaboration” in relationship to the KHC’s new original exhibition, Conspiracy of Goodness.
Bachrach has overseen numerous exhibits at the USHMM including: Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, Liberation 1945, Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936, and Oskar Schindler: An Unlikely Hero. Her publications include: Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust, and The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936.