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"Defiance and Protest: Forgotten Individual Jewish Resistance in Nazi Germany"

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Wolf Gruner (Professor of History, Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies University of Southern California Founding Director, USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research)

Jewish resistance during the Holocaust is mostly understood as rare armed group activities in the Nazi occupied East. By contrast, based on a new approach that focuses on individual acts and uses new sources, the talk will demonstrate that Jewish men and women in Nazi Germany proper performed countless acts of resistance between 1933 and 1945. The results of this research promise to change dramatically the common misperception of a passive Jewish population under persecution and show in what unbelievable ways many of the Jews resisted

Wolf Gruner is a specialist in the history of the Holocaust and in comparative genocide studies. He is the author of ten books on the Holocaust, among them Jewish Forced Labor under the Nazis. Economic Needs and Nazi Racial Aims (Cambridge University Press, 2008), as well as over 60 academic articles and book chapters. Gruner's most recent book, Die Judenverfolgung im Protektorat Böhmen/Mähren. Lokale Initiativen, zentrale Entscheidungen, jüdische Antworten 1939-1945 (Anti-Jewish Persecution in the Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia. Local Initiatives, Central Decisions, Jewish Responses), was published in 2016.

Talk is free and open to the public. No RSVP required.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and the Department of History.

Contact: David Massung