Centre for Jewish Studies Annual Bogdanow Lectures in Holocaust Studies: 'The Church and the Holocaust'
|Dates:||30 January 2017 - 31 January 2017|
|Times:||18:00 - 19:30|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|How much:||Free Entry|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Dr. Vicki Barnett|
This annual public lecture series has been made possible as a result of the generous bequest to the University by Fanni Bogdanow (1927-2013), a former Professor of French and Medieval Studies at Manchester and a child refugee on the Kindertransporte.
Mon 30 Jan, 6pm. Lecture 1. Unfinished Hero: Dietrich Bonhoeffer in History.
Abstract: Dietrich Bonhoeffer is arguably the most well-known Christian “hero” of the Holocaust. Yet in the reception of him there has always been a gulf between Christians and Jews, as well as among theologians, Holocaust scholars, and historians. Dr. Barnett will give an overview of the reception history, including recent works that have sought to give a new portrait of Bonhoeffer, with a special focus on the issues of greatest historical contention: his attitudes toward Jews and his role in the German resistance. She contends that in a very real sense Bonhoeffer remains an “unfinished” hero, and that post-Holocaust attempts to complete the picture may have obscured his true historical and theological significance. She will conclude with some observations about how and where “the historical Bonhoeffer” might be recovered. Followed by a Kosher buffet. North Foyer, Samuel Alexander Building
Tue 31 Jan, 6pm. Lecture 2. International Responses from Catholics, Jews and Protestants during the Holocaust.
Abstract: With the exception of the debates about Pius XII, little scholarly attention has been given to the very diverse reactions among international religious leaders to the persecution and genocide of the European Jews. Dr. Barnett will discuss the very different, sometimes surprising, responses of religious leaders in Europe and North America, offering a close-up view of the central roles played by several fascinating individuals as well as an overview of the broader motives that shaped the actions of Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish leaders and organizations. She will conclude with some observations about how their engagement laid the foundation for interfaith work after 1945.
Dr. Vicki Barnett
Organisation: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Biography: Dr. Vicki Barnett is director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Travel and Contact Information
Arts Lecture Theatre
Samuel Alexander Building