Andrea Pitzer, author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps, will give a lecture on, "Harbingers and Echoes of the Shoah: A Century of Concentration Campus."
Concentration camps have existed for over a century. After the term appeared in the 1890s, camps played a number of roles in wartime control of civilians. Internment during the First World War normalized the concept globally and helped to usher in the Nazi system, which inaugurated the machinery of extermination. Even as the world tried to reckon with the singular nature of the Shoah, other camps persisted in its wake. Andrea Pitzer will explore this phenomenon and recount the staggering toll it has taken on humanity.
Sponsored by the Cornell Jewish Studies Program with co-sponsoring support from the Judith Reppy Institute, Society for the Humanities, Institute for German Cultural Studies, and Department of History.
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