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The 13th Annual Schleunes (Virtual) Lecture

April 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

(Free to the public)

Who: Dr Paul Jaskot, Professor of Art History and Director of the Wired Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture at Duke University

Title: “The Intersecting History of Nazi Perpetrators and Jewish Victims in Occupied Krakow: Using the Built Environment to Analyze the Holocaust.”

Format: The lecture was video-cast using the ZOOM platform. To watch, click the link below and use the password posted here:

Watch the Recorded Schleunes Lecture Here

Passcode: 0&01DBbv

This lecture will explore how architecture and urban planning help us to think through central aspects of the history of the Holocaust. Taking Nazi Occupied Krakow as a case study, we will look at how different kinds of spatial evidence raise questions about perpetrator policy as well as Jewish experience. In exploring the analog evidence on the built environment of photographs, plans, policy documents, testimonies, and diaries, we will also consider how digital approaches to this evidence may also allow us to open up new avenues of research. Ultimately, the goal is to argue that the current paradigm of thinking through an “integrated history” of perpetrators and victims in Holocaust Studies needs to be thought of more productively as an “intersecting history” when one considers spatial aspects of the genocide.

Bio: Paul B. Jaskot is Professor of Art history and Director of the Wired Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture at Duke University. He has published widely on topics related to the political history of architecture and Nazi cultural policy, with a particular interest in the relationship of architecture to the Holocaust. He is the author, among other works of The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor, and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy (2000) and The Nazi Perpetrator: Postwar German Art and the Politics of the Right (2012). He was the Director of the Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization (Holocaust Education Foundation) from 2007-2013, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art) from 2014-2016, and is currently a member of the international Holocaust Geography Collaborative.

The Schleunes Lecture 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. Karl Schleunes is a pioneering and preeminent historian of the Nazi Holocaust. The Schleunes series is dedicated to providing opportunities for area residents and students to hear nationally and internationally recognized experts present their research on the Holocaust and on issues related to genocides. The lecture will be virtual, using the Zoom Meeting platform.

This year’s lecture will be video-cast using the ZOOM platform. To register for viewing access, please click on the link: Registration for Schleunes Zoom Lecture


April 6
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
(Free to the public)


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