The Center holds lectures for the benefit of visiting and local scholars, faculty members from the Washington area, Museum staff, and the public about the latest research in the field of Holocaust studies. Please check the Center Calendar for additional upcoming scholarly presentations.
President Roosevelt and the Early News of the Holocaust
January 8, 2014
Richard Breitman, Distinguished Professor in History at American University, examined the contentious debate that still lingers over whether Franklin Delano Roosevelt turned his back on the Jews of Hitler’s Europe.
The “New Antisemitism” in Britain: Thoughts and Reflections
April 29, 2010
Anthony Julius, prominent British lawyer and academic well known for his defense of Deborah Lipstadt when she was sued for libel by Holocaust denier David Irving, examined contemporary antisemitism in the United Kingdom. Specifically, he examined how it treats Zionism and the State of Israel as illegitimate Jewish enterprises and, in his view, constitutes a great threat to Anglo-Jewish security and morale.
Founding the Field of Holocaust Studies: The Scholarship of Raul Hilberg
December 10, 2007
This panel highlighted the scholarly legacy of Raul Hilberg, the importance of his work for future generations of Holocaust scholars, and the major challenges for the field in the 21st century.
Antisemitism: Special Two-Part Presentation
December 18, 2003
Panelists discussed the origins and spread of antisemitism in Europe, with particular attention to its manifestations in the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches in Germany before and during
the Holocaust. Nearly 300 people attended the programs, which were held at the Museum.
This panel explored the particular history of antisemitism in the German Protestant and Catholic churches. William Brustein introduced the topic with an overview of the greater political and
social context of the emergence of antisemitism throughout Europe; his analysis included a review of the periods of violence against Jews and their immediate historical context. Victoria
Barnett analyzed the debate within German Protestantism about how to respond to the Nazi persecution of Jews, particularly the record of the Confessing Church in this regard. Kevin
Spicer explored the relationships between Roman Catholics and Jews in Berlin, offering both a historical overview of the interaction between the two communities and an explanation of
the theological perspectives that informed the Catholic response. In the discussion period that followed, panelists looked at the contemporary implications of this history: how different
Christian churches have reacted to the history of the Holocaust and its critical challenges to the churches; current discussions about antisemitism in Christian churches; and the significance of
other aspects of this history, such as studies of rescue and resistance.
The Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Chair of Holocaust Studies Inaugural Lecture (PDF)
“On Studying Jewish History in the Light of the Holocaust”
April 16, 2002
The Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Chair of Holocaust Studies at New York University was established in 1999 through the generosity of Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg in
partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The individual selected to hold this endowed chair is a distinguished scholar who has done substantial research into elements
of the Holocaust and is recognized in the academic community as a prominent teacher and researcher in the field of Holocaust studies. The first and current holder of the Greenberg Chair
is David Engel, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and Professor of History, Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University, and Member, Academic
Committee, United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
The Nazi Persecution of Deaf People
Tuesday, August 14, 2001
The members of this panel discussed the Nazi persecution of deaf people, including Nazi policies against them, the “racial science” used by the Nazis to justify this persecution, and the experiences of deaf survivors. Each panelist made a 20-minute presentation, followed by interviews with two survivors, conducted by Dr. Simon J. Carmel, professor of history at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Address by Iris Chang
March 15, 1998