BANGOR – A seven-week University of Maine at Augusta speaker series, “Hitler’s Holocaust,” will begin on Sunday, Feb. 10, and run through Sunday, May 18. Free and open to the public, each of the seven programs will be presented at 1 p.m. at Congregation Beth Abraham, 145 York St., Bangor.
Representing a variety of points of view, guest speakers include an escapee from Hitler’s Vienna in 1938, the daughter of the Chinese consul-general in Vienna who assisted nearly 2,000 Jews in escaping almost certain death at the hands of the Nazis, and a broad array of professional historians who will discuss Nazi anti-Semitic imagery, the music of the Holocaust, Holocaust denial in the Islamic world, and various academic perspectives on genocide and the “Goldhagen-Browning” controversy on Holocaust causation. The series schedule is:
. Sunday, Feb. 10, “Nazi Cartoons: Anti-Semitic Caricatures and Stereotypes,” professor Russel Lemmons, Jacksonville (Ala.) State University.
. Sunday, Feb. 24, “My Escape from the Nazis in Vienna, 1938,” Alex Wilde, Holocaust survivor, Brewer.
. Sunday, March 9, “Music of the Holocaust,” professor Phil Silver, University of Maine.
. Sunday, March 16, “Iranian Holocaust Denial,” Matthias Kuentzel, Hamburg, Germany, Vidal Sassoon Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
. Sunday, April 13, “Arab Holocaust Denial,” professor Raphael Israeli, Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
. Sunday, April 27, “Ambassador Fengshan Ho’s Holocaust Rescue Efforts in Vienna, 1938,” Manli Ho, independent scholar and former China Daily, Beijing, correspondent.
. Sunday, May 18, “The Goldhagen-Browning Controversy on Holocaust Causation,” professor Peter Hayes, Zev Weiss professor of Holocaust studies and German history, Northwestern University.
“Hitler’s Holocaust” has been put together by UMA Libra Professor Jonathan Goldstein, and is made possible with the support of the Libra Foundation, Bangor JCEA, and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine.
The programs contain mature content and are not appropriate for children under 15. For information, call 621-3000.