Carleton University’s Department of History and the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies will host the lecture Kristallnacht: An After History presented by Helmut Walser Smith. In this talk, Walser Smith will explore how Kristallnacht has been remembered.

When: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Siskind Room 503, MacOdrum Library, Carleton
Info: This event is free and open to the public. A campus map can be found online.

Media are invited to attend the event.

The November Pogrom of 1938, the Night of Broken Glass, was one of the decisive moments of the history of the Third Reich. For the first time, tens of thousands of ordinary people, if not more, participated in a ritual of violence and degradation directed against their Jewish neighbors. In more than 1,000 communities, synagogues were burned down, destroyed and desecrated.

Historians know a great deal about this event. They know less about how it became part of collective memory in the postwar years. Using methods from digital humanities, this talk will address the question of how and when those in the Federal Republic of Germany thought about and memorialized a central event that had shown Nazi Germany to be a persecuting society.

This event is presented with the support of Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) and the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES).

About Helmut Walser Smith

Walser Smith is the Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of History and director of the Digital Humanities Center at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of German Nationalism and Religious Conflict, 1870-1914; the Continuities of German History: Nation, Religion, and Race across the Long Nineteenth Century; and four edited volumes, including the Oxford Handbook of Modern German History.

His book, the Butcher’s Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town, received the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History and was an L.A. Times Non-Fiction Book of the Year, where it received an accolade as one of the three most innovative works of history published in 2002.

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