In Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day

6:30 p.m. January 25, 2018
6:00 p.m. Reception
Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch
4801 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112

“Hitler’s First Victims”

Dr. Beth Griech-Polelle will be speaking on Hitler’s program to eliminate, through forced sterilization and “euthanasia” projects, the mentally ill and physically disabled. These programs are critical to understanding the development of gas chambers as potential killing facilities. In particular, the “euthanasia” project allowed the Nazi regime to develop the technology needed to murder large numbers of people in an efficient way.

Griech-Polelle is the Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies in the Department of History at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and author of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust: Language, Rhetoric and the Traditions of Hatred. It was released in January 2017.

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