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January 26, 2017
7:00 p.m.
The White Theatre at the Jewish Community Campus


Auschwitz, Dachau, and the Warsaw ghetto are names familiar to those who have studied the Holocaust, but most people are amazed to learn that the Nazis and their allies actually established over 42,000 camps, ghettos and other sites of detention, persecution, or forced labor. Nor do most people know much about the conditions in those places or the broad range of prisoner experiences.

In order to fill this vast knowledge gap, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and Indiana University Press are compiling and publishing an Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945. According to USHMM, “the work aims to answer basic questions about as many individual sites as possible; to provide scholars with leads for additional research; and to memorialize the places where so many millions of people suffered and died.” When completed, the eight-volume set will be the most comprehensive and current guide to the Nazi camp system in existence.

The first two volumes published so far include a total of over 4,000 pages describing early camps and ghettos as well as descriptions of how the Nazi conducted the Holocaust throughout the scattered towns and villages of Poland and the Soviet Union.

Dr. Geoffrey Megargee, senior applied research scholar at USHMM, serves as editor of the encyclopedia, heading up a team of researchers, scholars and volunteers from all over the world. On Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Campus, MCHE will host Dr. Megargee, who will speak about the camp system in Nazi occupied Europe, addressing the differences among death camps, slave labor camps, and concentration camps and explaining which prisoners were sent to each and their places within the German Reich.

Complimentary reservations are available by calling 913-327-8196 or emailing Those making reservations by Monday, January 23 will be seated beginning at 6:15 p.m.; walk-ups will be seated on a space-available basis beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Theater costs for this program are underwritten by the White Theatre Grantor Fund.

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