Monday, December 10, 2007
This panel highlights 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.
Sara J. Bloomfield, Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)
Paul A. Shapiro, Director, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, USHMM
Raul Hilberg and the Creation of the Field of Holocaust Studies
Christopher Browning, Frank Porter Graham Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 1996 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Scholar and 2002 Ina Levine Invitational Scholar, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, USHMM; and Member, Academic Committee, United States Holocaust Memorial Council
Raul Hilberg and the Creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Bible and Jewish Thought, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York City, and Founding Chair, Academic Committee, United States Holocaust Memorial Council
Early Reactions to Raul Hilberg’s Destruction of the European Jews
Juergen Matthaeus, Director, Applied Research Scholars, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, USHMM
Challenges of the Field for the 21st Century
Alvin Rosenfeld, Professor of English and Jewish Studies; Director, Institute of Jewish Culture and the Arts; and Founding Director, Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University, Bloomington; and Chair, Academic Committee, United States Holocaust Memorial Council
The many obituaries published internationally about Raul Hilberg honor him as a scholar whose 1961 magnum opus The Destruction of the European Jews prepared the ground for the field of Holocaust studies. This book and his many other publications—most notably Documents of Destruction: Germany and Jewry, 1933–1945 (1971), Perpetrators, Victims, Bystanders (1992), his memoir Politics of Memory (1996), his last monograph Sources of Holocaust Research: An Analysis (2001), as well as his contribution to the Warsaw Diary of Adam Czerniakow (1979)—attest to the fact that no one had as profound an insight into the Holocaust as Raul Hilberg.