BY FEBRUARY 15, 2013 Please complete the enclosed form, make your check payable to DREW UNIVERSITY, mail to:
Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study
Madison, NJ 07940
Facilitator: Larry A. Greene, Ph.D., Professor of History, Seton Hall University
Dr. Greene teaches courses on the history of World War II; Propaganda and World War II; Civil War and the Reconstruction Era; American Expatriates in Europe; and Blacks in Europe. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Muenster in Germany (2005-2006). Dr. Greene is the co-editor of the volume Germans and African-Americans: Two Centuries of Exchange published by the University Press of Mississippi.
Guest Speaker: Mark Molesky, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Seton Hall University
Prof. Molesky teaches courses in the Enlightenment; World War I; World War II; and the Holocaust. Another scholarly interest is the Lisbon fire; he has authored the forthcoming book This Gulf of Fire: The Great Lisbon Earthquake and the Forging of the Modern World (Knopf). He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2000.
Mimi Golob, Larry Greene, Gerald Gurland, Edye Lawler, Barbara LeFebvre, Ann Mahon,
Frances Malkin, Ruth Melon, Joyce Reilly,
David Shaffer, Jacqueline Sutton, Eva Vogel
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Nazi Propaganda: The Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, & the WW II Years
The National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) assumed power in 1933 after a virulent campaign of anti-Semitism carried out over the preceding decade during the Weimar Republic. In the 1930s, the Nazis would eliminate all forms and vestiges of democracy in Germany and plunge Europe into a world war propelled by an imperialistic and racist foreign policy. In the 1940s, under the fog of war, the Nazi state would carry out the systematic murder of more than six million European Jews. Before the Axis powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan) were finally defeated in 1945, the Second World War would envelop the globe; and more than fifty million people would perish. The cauldron of World War II and the tragedy of the Holocaust can’t fully be understood without understanding one of Nazi Germany’s most effective weapons, propaganda.
Title: The End of Judah
The approaching tidal wave of 1940 is about to carry off the Jews.
This session will examine propaganda theory and the contributory role of Nazi propaganda in bringing about the collapse of the democratic Weimar Republic and rise to power of the Nazi Party. The session will cover the central role of anti-Semitism, the economic crisis, and German resentment of the Treaty of Versailles through the lens of such Nazi Party propagandists as Julius Streicher (1885-1946) and his virulently anti-Semitic newspaper, Der Stürmer. Streicher, a long-time friend and ardent supporter of Hitler, and other participants in the Nazi propaganda apparatus in the 1920s laid the foundation for later Third Reich genocidal policies.
Session II: March 1
Joseph Goebbels and the Final Solution
Guest speaker: Mark Molesky, Ph.D. The Nazi Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945), was one of the most powerful and recognizable figures in the Third Reich. As the head of one of Germany’s most feared Ministries and a member of Hitler’s inner circle, Goebbels had an extraordinary influence on the formulation and implementation of national policy. This session will examine the role of Joseph Goebbels in the genocide of European Jews during the Second World War. Topics to be discussed include the development of anti-Semitic policies in Germany during the 1930s, Goebbels’ participation in the planning of the Final Solution, Goebbels’ evolving relationship with Hitler, Nazi efforts to disguise their crimes (including the Holocaust), and Nazi propaganda inside and outside of Germany.
Session III: March 14
Nazi Propaganda during WW II:
External & Internal Enemies
The onset of the Second World War required adjustments in Nazi propaganda especially as the war turned from the elation of early Blitzkrieg victories to the collapse of the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front and later Western Front. This session will explore the ways in which propaganda created enthusiasm for war and sustained support for the Germany in later years when the war had turned so irreversibly against Hitler. Anti-Semitism was essential in the creation of the link between the Reich’s internal enemies and external enemies so necessary to maximize fear of defeat and bolster morale to continue the war.