About this Event
The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity will inaugurate its Research Seminar on Wednesday 18 October 2023.
The aim of this initiative is to foster a multidisciplinary community of scholars and experts (junior, mid-level, senior) with a range of converging interests. Please do extend this invitation to colleagues and students whose research resonates!
Each session will feature short presentations by an emerging scholar and a more established scholar about their work in progress. Happily, Irit Bloch and Ben Hett will speak at our opening meeting.
Irit recently earned her PhD and she will speak about “Judiciary Bias and the Erosion of the Rule of Law in the Weimar Republic.” Her talk will focus on the encounter between a new and unstable democracy and a hostile judicial system and, in particular, on Weimar judges, who, despite being bound to codes of law and their adherence to the rule of law, were able to manipulate laws and to produce judgements along ideological lines while keeping a semblance of legality.
Ben is Professor of History at Hunter College and the GC. The title of his presentation: “‘M**der in the Sense of the Practice’: What a Serial Killer has to do with the Holocaust.” To put you in the picture: From October 1940 to July 1941, the Berlin criminal police pursued and eventually caught a serial killer who preyed on women riding Berlin’s commuter rail system, the S-Bahn. Ben’s talk will explain what connects the criminal police officers, their working assumptions, and the forensic tools they deployed to the emerging Holocaust – their other main project at exactly the same time.
Date: Wednesday 18 October 2023.
Time: 12:15-1:45 PM
Building: The Graduate Center at 365 5th Ave.
Room: The Skylight Room on the 9th floor. (Room 9207)
Please do join!
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
The Graduate Center, CUNY, Room 9207, 365 5th Ave, New York, United States