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Undoing Certain Mischievous Questions About the Holocaust

According to Professor Berel Lang, visiting scholar at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., there are certain common questions accepted and asked about the Holocaust that are based on misleading or mistaken premises. Why didn't the Jews resist? Why weren't there more "Righteous Gentiles?" How could the Germans have done what they did? These are among the questions Lang will analyze in his Athenaeum talk, showing how they are mischievous and how they can be changed.

A professor of humanities at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Berel Lang is an internationally known philosopher and an expert on the Holocaust. Books authored by Lang include The Future of the Holocaust: Between History and Memory (1999), Holocaust Representation: Art Within the Limits of History (1997); Heidegger's Silence (1996), and Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide (1990). In The Future of the Holocaust Lang notes the past is not "static"; rather, our current interpretation of the Holocaust affects future analysis.

Until this June, Lang is in residence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as an Ina Levine Invitational Scholar.

Berel Lang's lecture is held in observance of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies and the European Union of California-with support from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum-as part of the series Researching the Holocaust. Prior to this event at 5:00 PM, the chaplains of The Claremont Colleges will lead a short service in the Athenaeum courtyard.