The Holocaust and Other Twentieth-Century Genocides: A Comparative Approach


The Berger Family Holocaust Lecture

Thursday, Nov. 3 / 7:00 pm / Colby: Diamond 122

Prof. Eric Weitz, The City College of New York, CUNY

In this lecture, Eric D. Weitz argues that we need to understand the Holocaust not as a singular, unique event, but as one of a number of genocides carried out by states in the twentieth-century. To compare does not mean that everything is the same. A comparative approach enables us to highlight similarities as well as differences among different cases, deepening our understanding of the tragic phenomenon of modern genocides.

Eric Weitz is Dean of Humanities and Arts and Distinguished Professor of History at The City College of New York. His publications include works on Weimar Germany, German Communism, and genocide. His book A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and NationĀ (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003) was selected as Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2003. Dr. Weitz received his doctorate from Boston University and served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota before joining CUNY.