The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Presents
Holocaust Awareness Lecture Series
With Dr. Andre Krauss
February 25, March 24, April 28, May 12
(Sarasota-Manatee) The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee presents the Holocaust Awareness Lecture Series with Dr. Andre Krauss, February 25, March 24, April 28, May 12, in the Zell Room on the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Each lecture is $5; pre-registration required. To register, call 941-552-6304 or email [email protected]. For more information about this series or other Holocaust programs, contact Orna Nissan, director of Holocaust Education and Israel Programs, at 941-552-6305 or [email protected].
A research fellow at the Institute of Sociology at the Romanian Academy, Dr. Andre Krauss is a published art historian and media psychologist. He holds doctorates in History of Art from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Social Psychology from the University of Bucharest, Romania.
The lectures are:
Enculturation Of Anti-Semitism Before The Holocaust (Thursday, February 25; 10:30 a.m.-noon): European culture and folklore before the Holocaust portrays a negative stereotype of the Jew as a mythical villain. This lecture will explore this stereotype which appears in a myriad of images throughout history and lays the foundation for the enduring hatred of the Jew. It was against this cultural background that the Nazis magnified and intensified their anti-Semitic propaganda which culminated in the physical destruction of one third of European Jewry.
Psycho-Dynamics Of Nazi Anti-Semitism (Thursday, March 24; 10:30 a.m.-noon): As a young man in Vienna, Adolph Hitler was exposed to the anti-Semitic and opportunistic policies of politicians like Karl Lueger, the mayor of Vienna. This lecture will explore the ideological beginnings and the model for what was later to become the obsessive genocidal program implemented by Hitler and the Nazis in occupied Europe.
Jewish Resistance In Europe During The Holocaust (Thursday, April 28; 10:30 a.m.-noon): Compliance or resistance? The Jewish resistance in Nazi-occupied Europe is one of the most contested questions in Holocaust history. It emerged as one of the principle subtexts at the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem in 1962. Witness testimonies and subsequent interpretations in Hannah Arendt’s reports spoke of the lack of significant Jewish resistance. Could they have done more? This lecture will revisit the arguments about this topic in view of Holocaust historiography.
The Vital Importance Of Holocaust Education (Thursday, May 12; 10:30 a.m.-noon):
This concluding lecture will focus on the Holocaust narrative and the critical importance for educating the public about the Jewish tragedy during WWII. Today there is a more subtle, less overt effort to rewrite history in modern popular culture, films, literature, and even video games. We will examine these “counter-narratives” and evaluate their impact on the memory of the Holocaust.
About The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel, and throughout the world. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.jfedsrq.org.