“500,000 women had front-row seats to the Final Solution . . . and yet their presence, and their atrocities, have been largely ignored for the last 70 years” [LA Review of Books].
Presented by the Holocaust Awareness Institute and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver.
After WWII, many complicit women were excused for their roles entirely; lawyers argued, and judges agreed, that Nazi women could not be held accountable for the crimes of the men around them. In her important book, Prof. Wendy Lower (John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow and Director of Mgrublian Center for Human Rights; Claremont McKenna College) questions this historical narrative not only by uncovering historical details that have often been overlooked, but by inviting us to question the line between individuals and their societies, as well as the line between witnesses, bystanders, accomplices, and perpetrators: Aren’t Nazi women culpable for standing by as witnesses, taking lives, and serving as accomplices? Lower fills an historical gap by answering “yes” to this question. “Genocide,” Lower argues, “is also women’s business.”
For more information on the Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture and other programs sponsored by the Holocaust Awareness Institute at the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies, please visit du.edu/ahss/cjs.
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