The Life of Victims and Perpetrators - documented in the two Auschwitz Albums
Prof. dr. Gideon Greif (University of Texas)
Donderdag 24 november 2016
Universiteit Antwerpen, Stadscampus - Lokaal R.013, Rodestraat 14, 2000 Antwerpen
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Lezing georganiseerd door het Instituut voor Joodse Studies in samenwerking met het Museum Kazerne Dossin en de Stichting Auschwitz.
The two photo collections, which were published under the titles "The First Auschwitz Album" (also known as the "Lili Meier Album") and "The Second Auschwitz Album" (also known as "Karl Höcker Album") attracted much attention. They show the dualistic world of Auschwitz-Birkenau: On the one hand the life of the victims, the suffering, the humiliation and the murder of the Hungarian Jews during the mass deportations and gassings in spring and summer 1944; on the other hand the life of the perpetrators, who enjoyed themselves without any scruples or feelings of guilt in the Solahütte, located only 30 kilometers away from Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Death Machinery. The parallel existence of these two worlds in extreme spatial proximity is an unforgettable testimony of the utter human debasement of the Nazi evil and the suffering it caused.
Gideon Greif, an Israeli historian, educator and pedagogue, has been a Professor for Jewish and Israeli History since August 2011 at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. He also is Senior Historian and Researcher at the "Shem Olam" Institute for Education, Documentation and Research on Faith and the Holocaust, Israel, and at the Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects in Miami, Florida. Prof. Greif has been working at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel for more than 30 years. He specializes in the history of the Holocaust, especially the history of the Auschwitz concentration camp and particularly the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz.