Distinguished Guest Lecturer, Dr. Wolf Gruner, "Defiance and Protest: Forgotten Acts of Individual Jewish Resistance in Nazi Germany"
It is a common misconception that Jews submitted passively to Nazi persecution. In fact, a significant number of German Jews as well as Jews elsewhere defied anti-Jewish laws, restrictions, and violence on the local and national level, some even going as far as to protest in public. Professor Gruner challenges the simplistic assumption of Jewish inaction in the face of ever worsening discrimination and oppression. Drawing on various new sources such as the logbooks of Berlin police precincts, trial materials from various German cities, as well as video testimonies held in the Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive, he demonstrates the prevalence of individual acts of resistance by German Jews from 1933 to 1945.
About the Speaker: Professor Gruner received his PhD with Habilitation from the Technical University of Berlin. He is internationally renowned and instrumental in enlarging the focus of Holocaust research internationally and in the development and utilization of the Visual Archives of Holocaust testimony for educational purposes. He is the author of 11 books and 80 articles. His most recent publication is Die Judenverfolgung im Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren. Lokale Initiativen, zentrale Entscheidungen, jüdische Antworten 1939-1945, the winner of the Sybil Halpern Milton Memorial Book Prize of the German Studies Association 2017 and finalist for the esteemed Yad Vashem International Book Prize: Berghahn Books (English) and to be published in Czech and Hebrew.
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Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:30pm
Ikeda Reading Room
1 University Dr, Aliso Viejo, CA