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September 09, 2014
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7:30 p.m.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus
11661 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Some Were Wives, Some Were Mothers:
Female Perpetrators during the Holocaust
Public Program

Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, a compelling new book by former Museum fellow Wendy Lower, presents new evidence that challenges the traditional picture of Germany’s women holding down the home front as loyal wives and mothers during World War II to one in which German women are placed directly in the Reich’s killing fields.

Join the author and Museum historian Edna Friedberg for a riveting conversation about a generation of young women born into ravaged post-World War I Germany and swept up in the feverish nationalism of the Nazi party. Seeing the emerging empire as full of career and marriage opportunity, many of these women traveled east with the expanding “frontier”—where they witnessed and participated in the exploitation, persecution, and murder of Jews and other victims.

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