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Wolf Gruner "Defiance and Protest: Forgotten Individual Jewish Reactions to the Persecution in Nazi Germany"

Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Rockefeller Hall, 122
Central Campus

Wolf Gruner, Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies, and Professor of History at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, will give a talk on Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. With hitherto unused local archival sources from various cities as well as video testimonies, it can be demonstrated that German Jews performed many individual acts of defiance and even expressed open protest in public against Nazi persecution starting in 1933 up to well into the war. Since many of these Jews were arrested and later perished, their courageous attitudes have been mostly forgotten. The results of this research promise to alter our understanding of how the Jewish population responded towards persecution.

A reception will follow in Klarman Atrium from 7:00pm- 8:00pm

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, and the USC Shoah Foundation.

Wolf Gruner is the Founding Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research since 2014. He is a specialist in the history of the Holocaust and in comparative genocide studies. He received his PhD in History in 1994 from the Technical University Berlin as well as his Habilitation in 2006. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, Yad Vashem Jerusalem, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Women’s Christian University Tokyo and the Desmond E. Lee Visiting Professor for Global Awareness at Webster University in St. Louis. He is the author of eight books on the Holocaust, among them “Jewish Forced Labor under the Nazis. Economic Needs and Nazi Racial Aims”, with Cambridge University Press (paperback 2008), as well as over 60 academic articles and book chapters. He also coedited two books, one of them, the translated updated book “The Greater German Reich and the Jews. Nazi Persecution Policies in the Annexed Territories 1935-1945” was published in 2015 with Berghahn Books. Its original German edition received the award for most outstanding German studies in humanities and social sciences in 2012. Gruner’s most recent study „Los Parias de la Patria“. El mito de la liberación de los indígenas en la República de Bolivia 1825-1890”, was published in Spanish with Plural Editores, Bolivia, in 2015. He is a member of the International Academic Advisory board of the Center for the Research on the Holocaust in Germany at Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research, Jerusalem (since 2012), a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Genocide Research (since 2010), and a member of the Academic Advisory Council for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History (since 2008). He served as a member of the Yad Vashem 2014 International research Book prize committee. For the biannual international conference on the Holocaust “Lessons and Legacies”, he was appointed as the co-chair of the academic program of 2016. 

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