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On the Knife’s Edge: Resisting the Holocaust from within the SS – The Story of Kurt Gerstein
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: ZOOM Online
Facilitator: Dr. Valerie Hébert, Lakehead University, Orillia / OntarioFree
Kurt Gerstein was a committed and outspoken opponent of the Nazi Regime. He was also an officer in the SS. This presentation will tell the story of Gerstein’s unique path of resistance, emphasizing the contradictions and mysteries of this enigmatic man.
About Dr. Valerie Hébert
Dr. Hébert is an associate professor of history and interdisciplinary studies at Lakehead University Orillia in Ontario, Canada where she teaches on modern European history, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, and the photography of human rights violations and international conflict.
About the Kristallnacht Commemorative Lecture
On November 9-10, 1938, Nazi leaders unleashed a series of pogroms against the Jewish population in Germany and recently incorporated territories. This event came to be called Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) because of the shattered glass that littered the streets after the vandalism and destruction. Thousands of Jewish homes and businesses were ransacked, hundreds of synagogues were burned, and hundreds were murdered. Police records also document a high number of rapes and suicides. Additionally, 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and deported to concentration camps. The events of Kristallnacht represented one of the most important turning points in National Socialist antisemitic policy. This lecture series, co-sponsored by the AHEC and UAB, seeks to explore current research on the events of the Holocaust.