The Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study
Invites you to a talk
American Protestant Holocaust Commemoration Projects: The Use of Fundraising and Forestry to Build a New Generation
Monday, September 18, 2017
4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Room 106
Free and Open to the Public
Dr. Amy Weiss, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at the College of Saint Elizabeth will examine the American Christian Palestine Committee’s belief that as a Christian organization, they needed to atone for the crimes committed by the Germans and their allies after the Holocaust. Although geographically removed from the physical devastation of World War II and not responsible for the tragic deaths of six million Jews, these liberal Protestants participated in and experienced a theological crisis in the wake of the Holocaust. ACPC, founded in 1945, partnered with the Jewish National Fund to establish the Children’s Memorial Forest, a Holocaust memorial dedicated to the more than 1 million Jewish children who perished during the Nazi genocide as a way to resolved these feelings of guilt. The forest fundraising campaign promoted an early form of Holocaust education among American church-based Sunday school children. It also highlighted American Protestants intervention in a politicized land reclamation project to secure land for Jewish statehood.