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11th Annual Schleunes Lecture
April 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The 11th Annual Schleunes Lecture will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel on campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The speaker will be Barry Trachtenberg, the Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History and an associate professor in the Department of History of Wake Forest University and the author of “The United States and the Nazi Holocaust: Race, Refuge, and Remembrance” (2018). He will speak on “The U.S. and the Holocaust: New Challenges to Historiographical Orthodoxies.”
Since their emergence in the late 1960s, the scholarly works that have most strongly influenced popular and academic perception of the United States’ role in the Holocaust are those that have severely criticized both President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration and American Jewish leaders, insisting that they utterly failed to meet their moral obligations toward European Jews. Dr. Trachtenberg will discuss the new historiographical shift underway on the thinking of the United States and the Nazi Holocaust and its relevance to our present-day refugee crisis.
The Schleunes Lecture on topics related to the Holocaust and genocide is presented annually through the generosity of Richard and Jane Levy of Greensboro in honor of the eminent Holocaust scholar Dr. Karl Schleunes, now retired from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an adjunct faculty member at Greensboro College.