Wednesdays in October 2018
12-1:15 p.m.


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

Registration is now closed.


This fall MCHE’s Historian Dr. Shelly Cline will offer a five-week course focused on the policy and experience of the Holocaust based on geography – specifically focusing on Eastern Europe. This course will not only look at historical differences among these countries, but also address their very different present-day responses to their Holocaust history.

The cost for this course is $50. Interested participants may register here online or by phone 913-327-8194. Participants are encouraged bring a lunch, drinks and dessert will be provided.


October 3- The Holocaust in Germany

German Jews experienced six years of increasing persecution before World War II officially began in Europe. These years applied unique pressures on that community but also afforded it an important window of time in which to take action to leave Germany and, sometimes, even Europe. For those who did not manage to secure their emigration from Germany, the Holocaust unfolded differently than anywhere else in Europe. This session will explore the unique circumstances of the Holocaust in Germany, and tackle its current approach to this history.


October 10- The Holocaust in Poland

Beginning with the Nazi invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, Polish Jews faced immediate persecution and acts of violence. Their experiences of the Holocaust which included war-time occupation, ghettoization, forced labor and the first deportations to killing centers resulted in a 90% death rate. This session will explore these unique factors of the Holocaust in Poland with an emphasis on the Operation Reinhard killing centers. It will also look at the impact of recent legislation within Poland on sites of memory and historical research.


October 17- The Holocaust in the Soviet Union Part I
October 24- The Holocaust in the Soviet Union Part II

Operation Barbarosa brought total war and genocide to the Jews of eastern Poland and the Soviet Union. As the German armies conquered territory moving eastward, special squads called the Einsatzgruppen implemented the first genocidal policies of the Holocaust as they conducted mass shootings. This shift in German policy resulted in a unique set of circumstances ranging from mass murder to the flight of refugees deep into the Soviet Union where they often faced persecution by a different oppressor. This session will explore the unique circumstances of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, and discuss the place of the Holocaust in national memory today.


October 31- The Holocaust in Hungary

In 1944 there was one remaining, largely intact Jewish community left in Europe. The Jews of Hungary, living in an Axis country, had faced discrimination and persecution at the hands of the Hungarians, but the country had not been occupied and the Jews had not been deported. That all changed in the spring of 1944, when in the course of fewer than three months, the country was occupied and its Jewish population was deported and largely murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This represented the height of the capabilities of the industrial killing complex and a specific and concerted effort by the Nazis to reach this community before the war was lost. This session will explore the unique circumstances of the Holocaust in Hungary, as well as address the impact of rising antisemitism and politics on current attitudes toward the Holocaust.


November 7- Please hold this date as an alternative date in the event an earlier session is canceled due to weather or illness.

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