A Single Photograph Reveals a Crime of the Holocaust Book Talk with Dr. Wendy Lower, Author of The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed

On Wednesday, Oct 6, 2021 from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

This is a virtual event using Zoom

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This Lecture is for the General Public


In 2009, Dr. Wendy Lower, John K. Roth Professor of History and Director, Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College and the acclaimed author of Hitler’s Furies, was shown a photograph just brought to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The documentation of the Holocaust is vast, but there are virtually no images of a Jewish family at the actual moment of murder, in this case by German officials and Ukrainian collaborators. A Ukrainian shooter’s rifle is inches from a woman’s head, obscured in a cloud of smoke. The woman is bending forward, holding the hand of a barefoot boy. And—only one of the shocking revelations of Wendy Lower’s brilliant ten-year investigation of this image—the photograph reveals the shins of another child, slipping from the woman’s lap. Dr. Lower’s gripping detective work—in Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, Israel, and the United States—recovers astonishing layers of detail concerning the open-air massacres in Ukraine. The identities of the victims, of the killers—and, remarkably, of the photographer who openly took the picture, as a secret act of resistance—are dramatically uncovered. Finally, in the hands of this exceptional scholar, a single image unlocks a new understanding of the place of the family unit in the history and aftermath of Nazi genocide.

Pre-registration is required through Eventbrite to receive the link to join the event. This event is hosted by the Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Ramapo College and is co-sponsored by the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center.


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