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Holocaust Museum Official Talks About the Nazi Universe of Persecution


Posted 10/22/2013
Posted by David Isgur

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The University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies will host a public lecture by Martin Dean, Applied Research Scholar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and editor of the recently published Encyclopedia of Concentration Camps and Ghettos, Volume II. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, October 28,, 7 p.m., Wilde Auditorium, Harry Jack Gray Center. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation Association of CT and Voices of Hope.

The USHMM Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos is the result of over a decade of research by editors Geoffrey Megargee and Martin Dean and a team of researchers at the USHMM. Prior to joining the United States Holocaust Mémorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington, Dean worked as the Senior Historian for the Metropolitan Police War Crimes Unit in London.

For more information about this program, please contact the Greenberg Center at 860.768.4964 or mgcjs@hartford.edu.

On that same day, Dean will speak at the Greenberg Center’s 14th Annual Holocaust and Genocide Educators Workshop. The workshop is designed to prepare area educators for excellence in teaching about the Holocaust and genocide. At the day-long workshop, area teachers are able to study both pedagogy and special units on how to teach about the Holocaust and genocide in middle and high school curricula in Social Studies, Language Arts, Art, History, and other disciplines.

Workshop faculty includes award winning middle and high school teachers, as well as outstanding academics from universities across the United States.  This year’s workshop will also feature a tour of the new exhibition, “Genocide: Israel W. Charny and the Scourge of the Twentieth Century” in the University of Hartford’s Museum of Jewish Civilization. The workshop and evening lecture continue the new initiatives in Genocide and Holocaust Education in the region announced during the visit of the President of Rwanda to the University of Hartford on March 12.

Dean’s publications include: Collaboration in the Holocaust: Crimes of the Local Police in Belorussia and Ukraine, 1941-44 (2000); Robbing the Jews: the Confiscation of Jewish Property in the Holocaust, 1933-1945 (2008); and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos 1933-1945, vol. 2 Ghettos in German-Occupied Eastern Europe, vol. ed. Martin Dean, series ed., Geoffrey Megargee (2012). He has also written many book chapters and articles on the Holocaust focused mainly on the issues of Ghettos, Collaboration, War Crimes, and the Confiscation of Jewish Property.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum researchers Geoffrey Megargee and Martin Dean have recently been interviewed by The New York TimesThe Independent, NBC Nightly News, and The Huffington Post about their work documenting Nazi camps and ghettos. The New York Times reports, “When the research began in 2000, Dr. Megargee said he expected to find perhaps 7,000 Nazi camps and ghettos, based on postwar estimates. But the numbers kept climbing — first to 11,500, then 20,000, then 30,000, and now 42,500.”

The results of this Holocaust research are presented in two of seven planned volumes of The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945. The result of years of work by the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, these encyclopedias describe the universe of camps and ghettos that the Nazis and their allies operated, from Norway to North Africa and from France to Russia. Volume II of the Ghettos encyclopedia provides a comprehensive account of how the Nazis conducted the Holocaust throughout the scattered towns and villages of Poland and the Soviet Union. It covers more than 1,150 sites, including both open and closed ghettos. Documentation of hundreds of smaller sites—previously unknown or overlooked in the historiography of the Holocaust—make this an indispensable reference work on the destroyed Jewish communities of Eastern Europe.

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