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Wartime Defection: Resistance and Rescue During Genocide
April 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Part of the Drs. Bebe and Owen Bernstein Lecture Series
NEH 2017-18 Event: Complicity & Collaboration
Prominent scholar and UCLA faculty member Dr. Aliza Luft will discuss her research on rescue behavior during mass atrocities and genocide. Her presentation will focus on decision-making in violent contexts and how people shift stances from support for state violence to resistance over time. Luft draws on case studies from her research in France, where people were both complicit in genocide and resistant to it at alternate moments in time. She will discuss the role of Catholic bishops – a highly visible, majority population in France, and their activism which took place in large cities where they were under heavy watch by Vichy and the Nazis. Reflecting on the KHC exhibit, Conspiracy of Goodness, she will show the distinctions from that of Le Chambon, where a minority group of protestants engaged in rescue behaviors far from the center of the regime’s activities.
Luft is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCLA. In addition to her academic scholarship, she has served as a research assistant for the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate, the Transitional Justice Database Project, and as a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development.
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