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Deconstructing Atrocity Imagery: A Conversation with Dr. Wendy Lower
In her latest book, "The Ravine: A Family: A Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed," Dr. Wendy Lower, Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College, observes that in the aftermath of World War II, “Eisenhower ordered that visual evidence be collected to guard against forgetting and disbelief." In this lecture, Dr. Lower shares her investigation of a single photograph—a rare “action shot” documenting the horrific final moment of a family’s murder in Ukraine. Through years of forensic and archival research, Dr. Lower sought to uncover the identities of the photographed and in the process recovered new details about the Nazis’ open-air massacres in eastern Europe, the role of the family unit in Nazi ideology, and a rare case of rescue and postwar justice.

This event is part of the 2022-23 Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Colloquium, “Trauma, Remembrance and Compassion.” The event is organized by the KHC and is co-sponsored by the Ray Wolpow Institute For the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University; the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College; the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center; and the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University.

For more information about the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center, please visit https://khc.qcc.cuny.edu.

Feb 8, 2023 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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