In the wake of the successful “Americans and the Holocaust” exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the recent PBS documentary “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” a new consensus is emerging regarding the role of the US in Nazi Germany’s efforts to exterminate European Jewry. In this virtual talk, historian Barry Trachtenberg, author of The United States and the Nazi Holocaust: Race, Refuge, and Remembrance (Bloomsbury, 2018) and The Holocaust & the Exile of Yiddish: A History of the Algemeyne Entsiklopedye (Rutgers, 2022), will discuss the historical controversies that have occurred around the questions of America’s role in the Holocaust and point to new and promising avenues for inquiry. Barry Trachtenberg is the Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History and Professor of History at Wake Forest University.
He is the author of three books, The Holocaust & the Exile of Yiddish: A History of the Algemeyne Entsiklopedye (Rutgers, 2022), The United States and the Nazi Holocaust: Race, Refuge, and Remembrance (Bloomsbury, 2018), and The Revolutionary Roots of Modern Yiddish, 1903-1917 (Syracuse, 2008). He serves on the Board of Scholars of Facing History and Ourselves and the Academic Advisory Board of Jewish Voice for Peace.
In partnership with The Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Tue. November 14, 2023