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About This Event

Time: May 19, 2022, 9:00 a.m.–1:45 p.m. EDT

Ticket: Free, Registration Required

Location: Virtual Event

  • Heinrich Himmler looks at a young Soviet prisoner during an official visit to a POW camp in the vicinity of Minsk. National Archives
  • Heinrich Himmler looks at a young Soviet prisoner during an official visit to a POW camp in the vicinity of Minsk. National Archives

For the first time in English, a new Museum publication documents the mass murder of Soviet POWs by Nazi Germany's armed forces, the Wehrmacht. The latest volume of the Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945, which also describes the extent of the Wehrmacht camp system, contains testimony not previously published.

Further debunking the myth of the “clean Wehrmacht,” Volume IV: Camps and Other Detention Facilities under the German Armed Forces includes POW camps, military brothels, and military prisons, some never before detailed. 

Join this international conference to learn more about the findings in the recently released volume. What new avenues for research does it open? How can the scholarship help teach about Holocaust history? Expert panels will discuss research on Soviet, Jewish, and French African POWs, military war crimes, sexual violence, and other topics.

Museum Staff Speakers

Sara Bloomfield, Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Lisa Leff, Director, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

Dr. Alexandra Lohse, Applied Research Scholars Team Lead, Mandel Center

Dr. Jürgen Matthäus, Director of Applied Research Scholars, Mandel Center

Dr. Dallas Michelbacher, Applied Researcher, Mandel Center

Dr. Dan Newman, Program Manager, Mandel Center

Subject Matter Experts on the Wehrmacht and the Holocaust

Dr. Rüdiger Overmans, Military Historian and Volume Coeditor

Dr. Jeff Rutherford, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Edward Westermann, Professor of History, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Subject Matter Experts on Victims of Wehrmacht Violence

Dr. Regina Mühlhäuser, Senior Researcher, Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Research and Culture

Dr. Maris Rowe-McCulloch, Assistant Professor of History, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Raffael Scheck, Professor of History, Colby College, Waterville, Maine

This virtual conference is free and open to the public.

Virtual event access details will be provided in your email registration confirmation.

For more information, please contact Dan Newman at