Scholar to Share Perspectives on Ukraine Atrocities

Lecture Series to Focus on Perpetrators and Causes Behind Tragic Events of 1941

Feb. 4, 2009

The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UT Dallas welcomes Professor Wendy Lower to campus Feb. 15 and 16, when she will deliver two lectures about Nazi perpetrators and the Holocaust in Ukraine.

Lower’s Sunday, Feb. 15 lecture, “Babi Yar and the Holocaust: New Sources, New Perspectives,” will explore the shootings of nearly 34,000 Jews over two days in the fall of 1941.

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This lecture will be preceded by a reception and book signing of Lower’s works: Nazi Empire-Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine (University of North Carolina Press, 2005, paperback, 2007); and Shoah in Ukraine — History, Testimony and Memorialization (Indiana University Press, 2008). Sunday’s events begin at 4 p.m.

Her second talk, “Holocaust Perpetrators in Ukraine, Not So Ordinary Men and Women,” will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16. Lower will consider the circumstances of this unprecedented mass murder as well as analyze the motifs and radical decisions of the perpetrators.

“Professor Lower’s investigations of the Holocaust in Ukraine and Russia are of great significance for the field of Holocaust Studies,” said Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, who is the Leah and Paul Lewis Endowed Chair and director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UT Dallas. “By explicating this cruel mass murder, she raises questions and opens discussions without which we would never be able to understand completely what happened to every Jewish man, woman and child in the killing fields of the Ukraine in the fall of 1941.”

Lower’s discussion will also include new ways of interpreting existing information and new sources that have been found within the large number of German archival material and the recently opened Russian archives. These newly available sources have shaping significance for understanding the Holocaust as well as for the basis of new research, noted Ozsvath.

Lower, assistant professor of history at Towson University in Towson, Md., is a German Research Foundation Fellow at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Previously, she was director of visiting scholars programs and a historical consultant at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The author of several books and articles on the Holocaust, Lower received the 2007 Baker Burton Award from the Southern Historical Association for the Best First Book in European History. Her most recent work, Escaping Oblivion: The Diary of Samuel Goldfarb, is being published with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

Dr. Lower’s lectures are presented by the annual Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series. Both lectures and associated activities will be held at the University Conference Center’s main auditorium. All lectures are free and open to the public; however, reservations are suggested. For information, please call (972) 883-2100, visit utdallas.edu/holocaust or email holocauststudies@utdallas.edu.

About the Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series

The Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series is an endowed series that brings the world’s most distinguished scholars of the Holocaust to UT Dallas and North Texas. The lectures give students, scholars and the general public insight into the newest research on the Shoah, and offer a forum where they can share and discuss their latest findings with general audiences as well as with students and faculty. The series’ purpose is to help others understand the crisis the Holocaust created in the world, and to study its relevance and meaning for humanity in the 21st century.


Media Contacts: Karah Hosek, UT Dallas, 972-883-4329, karah.hosek@utdallas.edu
or Debbie Pfister, UT Dallas, 972-883-2100, holocauststudies@utdallas.edu

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