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International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Americans, Hitler, and the Holocaust
Monday, January 23, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: UAB National Alumni Society House
This program was made possible by a grant from the Birmingham Jewish Foundation
Join us in commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a lecture by award-winning journalist and author, Andrew Nagorski.
A reception with hors d’oeuvres will begin at 5:30 pm.
Registration is REQUIRED
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Much earlier than the Ken Burns documentary, Andrew Nagorski explored the lives and views of Americans who were in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, how they witnessed the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Hitler. His book Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power (Simon and Schuster, 2012) tapped a rich vein of personal testimonies to offer a fresh perspective on this heavily dissected era.
Nagorski was based in Germany, Poland, and Russia as a foreign correspondent for Newsweek, and he has written several acclaimed books about this nightmarish era. He will discuss the perspectives and experiences of American diplomats, journalists, entertainers, and an assortment of visitors, raising the larger question of what people saw and understood in the midst of those turbulent events. He will explain that the Americans were hardly alone in often misjudging events. Even Sigmund Freud, the subject of his new book, Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom, was slow to recognize the magnitude of the disaster in the making.
Both Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power and Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom are available to purchase at time of registration and will be available for pickup and signing by Nagorski at the event.
ABOUT ANDREW NAGORSKI
Andrew Nagorski was born in Scotland to Polish parents, moved to the United States as an infant and has rarely stopped moving since. He is an award-winning journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek. He served as the magazine’s bureau chief in Hong Kong, Rome, Bonn, Berlin, Warsaw, and Moscow. In 1982, he gained international notoriety when the Soviet government, angry about his enterprising reporting, expelled him from the country.
Nagorski now lives in St. Augustine, Florida but continues to travel extensively, writing for numerous publications. He is the author of eight books, including Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power, 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War and The Nazi Hunters.
His latest book, Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom, has received rave reviews. As The Washington Post put it, “Nagorski tells a riveting new story, one that shows just how narrow Freud’s escape from the Nazi genocide was.” The Wall Street Journal called it “a psychobiographical thriller about the limits of genius,” and The Guardian wrote “Thrilling . . . as edge-of-your-seat gripping as any heist movie.”
There is limited parking at UAB’s National Alumni Society House, preferably for the handicapped who can’t walk very far. Additional free parking is available across the street in AEIVA’s parking lot, Lot 15D.