The Book Thiefs Reply to Why the Jews?

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Venue: JO 4.614
Admission: Free
Season: 2013-14

The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, as part of its Spring 2014 Sunday Lecture Series Presents: The Book Thief’s Reply to “Why the Jews?”. A Lecture by Dr. David Patterson, Hillel Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies.


David Patterson holds the Hillel A. Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies in the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas. A member of the World Union of Jewish Studies and the Association for Jewish Studies, he has delivered lectures at numerous universities and community organizations throughout the world. He is a participant in the Weinstein Symposium on the Holocaust, a member of the Facing History and Ourselves International Board of Advisors, and a member of the Scholars' Platform for the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre, Cambridge, England. He also serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Stephen S. Weinstein Series in Post-Holocaust Studies, published by the University of Washington Press. 

A winner of the National Jewish Book Award and the Koret Jewish Book Award, Patterson has published more 30 books and more than 150 articles and chapters in journals and books in philosophy, literature, Judaism, Holocaust, and education. His writings have been anthologized in Yom Kippur Readings (ed. Dov Peterz Elkins, 2005), Holocaust Theology (ed. Dan Cohn-Sherbok, 2002), The Holocaust: Readings and Interpretations (ed. J. R. Mitchell and H. B. Mitchell, 2001), and Great Jewish Quotations (ed. Alfred Kolatch, 1996). 

Patterson's books include Anti-Semitism and Its Metaphysical Origins (forthcoming), Genocide in Jewish Thought (2102), A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad (2011); Sounding the Depths of the Soul (2009), Jewish-Christian Dialogue (with Alan L. Berger, 2008), Overcoming Alienation: A Kabbalistic Reflection on the Five Levels of the Soul (2008), Emil L. Fackenheim: A Jewish Philosopher’s Response to the Holocaust (2008), Open Wounds: The Crisis of Jewish Thought in the Aftermath of Auschwitz (2006), Wrestling with the Angel: Toward a Jewish Understanding of the Nazi Assault on the Name (2006), Hebrew Language and Jewish Thought (2005), Along the Edge of Annihilation: The Collapse and Recovery of Life in the Holocaust Diary (1999); Sun Turned to Darkness: Memory and Recovery in the Holocaust Memoir (1998), Greatest Jewish Stories (1997), When Learned Men Murder (1996), Exile: Alienation in Modern Russian Letters (1995), Pilgrimage of a Proselyte: From Auschwitz to Jerusalem (1993), The Shriek of Silence: A Phenomenology of the Holocaust Novel (1992), and others. 

Patterson is the editor and translator of the English edition of The Complete Black Book of Russian Jewry (2002), and he is a major contributor and co-editor (with Alan L. Berger and Sarita Cargas) of the Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature (2002), as well as co-editor (with John K. Roth) of Fire in the Ashes: God, Evil, and the Holocaust (2005) and After-Words: Post-Holocaust Struggles with Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Justice (2004). He has also translated literary works by Ivan Turgenev, F. M. Dostoevsky, and Leo Tolstoy. 


The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies


Over the past two decades, the Center for Holocaust Studies of The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has developed a significant international reputation. Its multi-faceted program, housed in UTD's School of Arts and Humanities, is augmented and supported by the Ackerman Challenge Endowment, the Leah and Paul Lewis Chair in Holocaust Studies, the Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series, and the Arnold A. Jaffe Holocaust Book Collection.

The diversity of this Program allows us to initiate and promote broadly based study units of the Shoah, bringing invaluable pedagogical, intellectual, and ethical insights to our students as well as to the larger community of the metroplex. In this way, the Center provides a greater historical and moral awareness of what happened when the Third Reich shattered the world of Europe, and created shock waves that still exert an impact on our contemporary consciousness.

Studying these events enables us to explore the nature of prejudice and teach, by unmistakable implication, sympathy, solidarity, and compassion.

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