Please join us for a Research Colloquium during which Marc Sorondo will present his work entitled:

 

 Tainted Blood: Nazi “Scientific” Propaganda

 

Skull Visual

Thursday, September 18, 2014

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Dorothy Young Center of the Arts – Arts 106

Free and open to the community

 

Marc Sorondo is a student in Drew University’s Ph.D. program in History and Culture  whose focus is the History of Science. His paper documents how the Nazis used supposed “scientific findings” to support their racial theories and policies.

For more information contact the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study

973/408-3600       ctrholst@drew.edu       www.drew.edu/chs

Individuals needing special assistance should contact the Housing, Conferences, and Hospitality office at

973/408-3103 at least five working days prior to the event in order to insure appropriate arrangements

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Our Annual Conference commemorating Kristallnacht

 

Hollywood and Nazi Germany, 1933-1945

Stories Told/Stories Untold

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dorothy Young Center of the Arts

 

Our conference will focus on how Hollywood’s interface with the socio-political-historical context of 1933-1945 fostered the creation of films that told only a limited story about the evolving repressive and genocidal Nazi regime. Our hope is that attendees will be able to use the information they gain to raise larger questions about how genocide and war have been covered in more recent Hollywood films. This seems an especially important issue for educators.

More specifically, we will explore how Hollywood’s interface with the socio-political context of the time fostered the creation of films that told only a limited story about the evolving repressive and genocidal Nazi regime. For example, Hollywood’s in-house censorship bureau, the Production Code Administration, sought to make sure that what could be perceived as anti-Nazi films would not endanger the market for American films abroad. The few Hollywood films of the 1930s that attempted to depict what was happening in Germany were often met with accusations of “war-mongering” and demands for congressional investigations into Hollywood’s “propaganda” efforts. Since so many Hollywood studio heads were of European Jewish background, these demands often became infused with anti-Semitism which was very much present among sectors of the American populace at the time. Indeed, it was not until after the United States actively joined the war in 1941 that films began to depict Germany as an enemy although these very same films barely hinted at the genocidal assault against the Jews that was occurring at the same time.

Our speakers all have expertise in the conference theme. We begin with a short talk about the importance of narrative/story by Dr. Joshua Kavaloski. Dr. Larry Greene will then describe the socio-political-historical factors surrounding the decisions being made in Hollywood; these include the debates between interventionists and isolationists about how involved the United States should be in European affairs as well as anti-Semitic tendencies in our country at that time. Dr. Thomas Doherty will then speak on the topic of his recent book, “Hollywood and Hitler: 1933-1939,” followed by Dr. Susan Carruthers who will focus on the years 1939-1945. The conference will conclude with an open discussion with all speakers; we anticipate that during this extended Q & A, discussion may gravitate toward the depiction of war and genocide in more recent films.

For more information:

973.408-3600      ctrholst@drew.edu             drew.edu/chs

Registration: $20 per person

 

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