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October 2021

Rethinking the Dilemma of Bombing Auschwitz: Support, Opposition, and Reservation

October 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On October 20th at 4 PM, ET, Zohar Segev, professor of History at the University Haifa in Israel, will offer a new understanding of the Allied decision of whether or not to bomb Auschwitz Concentration Camp. In conversation with Gross Center Director Michael A. Riff, Segev will present new research into archival documents related to the work of American Jewish activists involved in the issue of bombing the camp, above all Leon Kubowitzki, who headed the World Jewish Congress’s Rescue Department. The…

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The Resistance Network: The Armenian Genocide and Humanitarianism in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1918

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On October 27 at 7 P.M., E.T., noted scholar Khatchig Mouradian will discuss his new book, The Resistance Network: The Armenian Genocide and Humanitariansm in Ottoman Syria, 1915-1918 (Michigan State University Press, 2021) with Gross Center Advisory Board member Ani Tchaghlasian who also serves on the National Board of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). Mouradian challenges depictions of Armenians as passive victims of violence and subjects of humanitarianism. It demonstrates the key role Armenian community members played in organizing…

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November 2021

The Jewish Boxers Who Fought Back and for their Lives before and after the Shoah

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On November 10 at 7 P.M., E.T. the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will host Jeffrey Sussman who will discuss his new book, Holocaust Fighters: Boxers, Resisters, and Avengers (Rowan&Littlefield, Oct. 2021) that tells riveting stories of victims who fought back against the Nazis. The lives of five boxers who were forced to fight for their lives while imprisoned in concentration camps are explored in depth, followed by the stories of those who managed to escape captivity and reveal the…

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Franci’s War: A True Story of Survival in Theresienstadt and Beyond

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On November 16 at 7 P.M., E.T., renowned author and journalist Helen Epstein will discuss her mother's Holocaust memoir, Franci's War (New York: Penguin, 2020)by Franci Rabinek Epstein. Franci's story begins in Prague with the German occupation of March 15, 1939 and continues with her deportation, in the summer of 1942, to Terezin, the former fortress town forty miles north of Prague that  the Nazis transformed into a transit camp/ghetto. It would be the beginning of a three-year journey that would…

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