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  • Some were neighbors
    Colloquia Kupferberg Holocaust Center

    Some were Neighbors: Complicity & Collaboration, a Workshop with The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    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…

  • Dr. Mordecai Paldiel
    Colloquia Lecture Kupferberg Holocaust Center

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

    Drs. Bebe and Owen Bernstein Lecture 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 Jews. Dr. Mordecai Paldiel,…

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  • Maggie Paxson
    Colloquia Lecture Kupferberg Holocaust Center

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

    Drs Bebe and Owen Bernstein Lecture NEH 2017-18 Event: Complicity & Collaboration 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…

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  • David Engel
    Colloquia Lecture Kupferberg Holocaust Center

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

    Drs Bebe and Owen Bernstein Lecture 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 Holocaust Studies & the…

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  • Azi Aalai
    Colloquia Kupferberg Holocaust Center

    Becoming an Engaged & Active Bystander: How to Navigate a Complex & Diverse World

    NEH 2017-18 Event: Complicity & Collaboration This workshop will facilitate skill-building for student and other participants by asking them to reflect on difficult questions, such as: what does it take to become an engaged and civic-minded citizen, and how can we develop skills to be more likely to be active (rather than passive) bystanders? The workshop will explore the theme of complicity and collaboration in a modern context, by reflecting on how we feel pressure today to remain passive in…

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  • AlizaLuft
    Colloquia Lecture Kupferberg Holocaust Center

    Wartime Defection: Resistance and Rescue During Genocide

    Drs. Bebe and Owen Bernstein Lecture 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…

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