Endowed by Drs. Robert and Patricia (’62, P’96) Berger

Jewish Responses to the Rise of Hitler

The Berger Family Holocaust Lecture

Michael Brenner, American University

Friday, March 26, 2021 / 11:00 am / Zoom

The challenges that Jews faced with the rise of the Nazi party in Germany remain relevant today amidst dramatic political and social changes in Europe and the United States. How did German Jews of different political and religious stripes respond to the rise of the Nazi threat from Hitler’s rise in the early 1920s to his final appointment as chancellor in 1933? When do we recognize political danger, and how do we react to it?

Prior Berger Lecturers

2018-19 — Natasha Goldman, “Holocaust Memory in East and West Germany”

2017-18 — Hilary Earl, “From Perpetrators of Genocide to Ordinary Germans: The Transformation of Nazi War Criminals in Postwar Germany”

2016-17 — Eric Weitz, “The Holocaust and Other Twentieth-Century Genocides: A Comparative Approach”

2015-16 — Marianne Hirsch, “Improbable Images: School Photos in Holocaust Europe”

2014-15 — Olivier Wieviorka, “The French and the Jews during the Holocaust: Persecution, Resistance, and Rescue”

2013-14 — Jeffrey Herf, “Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World during the Holocaust–and Its Aftereffects and Echoes in Recent Years”

2012-13 — Gerhard Weinberg, “Pope Pius XII in World War II”

2011-12 — Robert O. Paxton, “Vichy France and the Jews: Shield or Traitor?” audio file

2010-11 — Hasia Diner, “Not a Silent Generation: Post-War American Jews and the Memory of the Holocaust”

2009-10 — Joanna Michlic, “The Memory of the Holocaust in Poland”

2008-09 — Peter Hayes, “The Holocaust: Myths and Misunderstandings”

2007-08 — Doris Bergen, “The Challenges of Studying the Holocaust”

2006-07 — Christopher Browning, “Remembering Survival: The Factory Slave Labor Camps of Starachowice, Poland”

2005-06 — Phillip Silver, “Hitler’s ‘Model Camp’: Jews, Music, and Resistance at Terezin, 1941-1944”