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  • Dr. Mordecai Paldiel
    Bernstein Lecture Series Colloquia Kupferberg Holocaust Center

    Exploring Yad Vashem’s “Righteous Among the Nations” Program

    Part of the Drs. Bebe and Owen Bernstein Lecture Series NEH 2017-18 Event: Complicity & Collaboration  While episodes of genocide spotlight the worst of humanity, it can also reveal instances of true compassion, oftentimes in the attempts that regular civilians make in efforts to save their fellow man. During the dark and bleak days of the Nazi regime, despite all the institutional barriers, there were ordinary people who risked their own lives and safety in order to shelter and smuggle…

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    Bernstein Lecture Series Kupferberg Holocaust Center

    Exhibition Opening: Conspiracy of Goodness

    Part of the Drs. Bebe and Owen Bernstein Lecture Series The KHC unveils of our newest original exhibition that tells the story of how an isolated Huguenot community in the Haute-Loire region, saved 3,500 Jews from Nazi Germany and the soldiers of Vichy France. Villagers of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the surrounding villages, joined together to conceal, rescue, and provide false documentation for Jews and French Resistance fighters at great risk to their own lives. They offered sanctuary and kindness to…

  • Maggie Paxson
    Bernstein Lecture Series Colloquia Kupferberg Holocaust Center

    Remembering the Good: Holocaust Rescue and Resistance in a French Village

    From 1939 to 1945, the villagers of the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon, France, hid, protected, and ultimately rescued thousands of Jews from the Nazis at great peril to their own lives. Their nearly unparalleled actions during the Holocaust are part of this community’s long history of taking in persecuted outsiders of diverse backgrounds. Anthropologist Dr. Margaret Paxson will discuss her nearly completed book on how this community handled the shelter of outsiders. Dr. Paxson, whose first book, Solvyovo: The Story of Memory…

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  • David Engel
    Bernstein Lecture Series Colloquia Kupferberg Holocaust Center

    In the Shadows of Auschwitz: The Treatment of Jews in Poland during the Holocaust

    Part of the Drs. Bebe and Owen Bernstein Lecture Series NEH 2017-18 Event: Complicity & Collaboration Dr. David Engel, Holocaust scholar and author of multiple books on the Holocaust will lecture about the treatment of Jews specifically in Poland during the Holocaust. This presentation will chronicle his research of the Holocaust in Poland, the Polish government-in exile, and the role of complicity versus collaboration versus rescue that occurred in Nazi occupied territories in Eastern Europe. Engel is a Professor of…

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  • AlizaLuft
    Bernstein Lecture Series Colloquia Kupferberg Holocaust Center

    Wartime Defection: Resistance and Rescue During Genocide

    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…

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