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Theodore Zev Weiss Annual Lecture: The Ravine: Researching the Holocaust

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 4:00 PM, McCormick Tribune Forum

Lower Wendy 2014 (H7)

The Holocaust is one of the most well documented events in history. Official records number hundreds of millions. Victims and survivors wrote in ghettos, camps, and in hiding, and in every decade since. Photographs, films, and artifacts fill archives at national and regional repositories. Much of this material is digitized and available on the web. Global archives change the ways in which history is researched, written, and remembered. How does a researcher navigate all this and what stories offer new insights? Explaining how and why Holocaust Studies pioneered interdisciplinary methods, Professor Wendy Lower demonstrates how one photograph can open a path of discovery in archives, in survivors’ homes, and at killing sites in Ukraine.

Wendy Lower is Acting Director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Her research and teaching focus on the history of genocide, the Holocaust and human rights. Lower is the author of Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (Houghton, 2013) which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and has been translated into 23 languages. She wrote Nazi Empire Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine (UNC Press, published in association with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2005), and edited The Diary of Samuel Golfard and the Holocaust in Galicia (Routledge, published in association with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2011). Lower joined the faculty of Claremont McKenna College in 2012 as the John K. Roth Professor of History. Prior to that she taught at Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich Germany (2007-2012) where she was German Research Foundation grant recipient.