Lunch and Learn- Sourcing the Holocaust

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October -November 2017
12-1:15 p.m.


Multi-Activity Room
Jewish Community Campus
5801 West 115th Street
Overland Park, Kansas

This course, taught by MCHE’s public historian Shelly Cline, will feature short lectures and exciting class discussions. Sessions will begin at noon and last 75 minutes.

The cost for this five-session course is $50 which includes materials. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch to eat during the sessions.

October 4, 2017 – Using Primary Sources

October 11, 2017 – Photographs

February 28, 2017 – Gender in the Camps Part II – The Experience of Men

Part II will explore many of the same themes as the previous session as they applied to men. How did social norms and experiences of men outside the camp prepare or hinder survival inside? How did men experience the process of arrival and selection? We will also discuss the problem of a universal Holocaust narrative: Why are so many of the most famous accounts and memoirs of men?

March 7, 2017 -Gender and Perpetration

Though most perpetrators were male, some were not. Throughout the war, 3,500 women served as guards in the camp system. Though their work and responsibilities were the same as their male colleagues, their experience was not. As a female minority, these women often were targets of discrimination, and they were expected to adhere to a male military code of behavior exhibited by their male colleagues. Ultimately, these factors greatly impacted the lives of prisoners. This session will examine the experience of these women and how their gender impacted their work and the suffering of prisoners within the camps.

March 14, 2017 – Gender and Pop Culture Representations of the Holocaust

Over the past decades, the Holocaust has been richly represented in literature and film. How do these representations compare to the real events, and how is gender used to tell these stories? This session will look at cinematic representions of several survivor accounts covered in previous sessions.

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