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Jewish Experience Series & Roving Eye Film Festival: Holocaust Historian Debórah Dwork

April 28, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: GHH G01
  • Open to the Public

In honor of Yom HaShoah, Roger Williams University will welcome renowned Holocaust historian Debórah Dwork of Clark University, who will present "Flight from the Reich: Public Actions, Private Lives." Following her lecture at 4 p.m. will be a screening of several short films about the Holocaust and the Jewish experience in Israel, featuring guest speaker, Nicolas Greinacher, a director of one of the films. This is a merit point event.

What would you do and where would you go if your country declared you were a non-citizen, a nonhuman? The Jews under Hitler’s Third Reich lived out the answers to these questions when he came to power in Germany in 1933. The process of fleeing Europe, of becoming a refugee, was complicated, happenstance, personal, and dangerous. It was, as our speaker has explained, “centrifugal,” fleeing the center. Professor Dwork will share stories of some who sought to flee the Reich and discuss the role their experiences play in Holocaust history. She is one of the leading experts on the Holocaust. Her research into the death camp Auschwitz with her colleague, Robert Jan van Pelt, has changed significantly how historians are viewing the concentration camp experience within Holocaust history. Among her many publications, Professor Dwork is the co-author with van Pelt of "Auschwitz, Holocaust: A History, and Flight From the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946."

Information about the short film screening event following Ms. Dwork's lecture is available here.

The 2013 Roving Eye International Film Festival is sponsored by The RI Film & the Television Office; Flickers; the Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation; the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation; Roger Williams University Office of the Provost; the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences; the Department of Communications; Hillel; and the Spiritual Life Program. For more information about the April 28 event, contact the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, please call 401-254-3433 or email: The full programming of events for the Festival is available here.