Lunch and Learn: Holocaust Denial and Distortion

A five-week course with MCHE Historian, Dr. Shelly Cline.
Thursdays 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
March 24 – April 21, 2022
All sessions will be hosted via Zoom – The decision to remain virtual was based on participant polling.

The denial of the Holocaust takes many forms, from simply ignoring obvious facts by manipulating the sources to minimizing the scope of the genocide, to trivializing the Holocaust by analogy and comparison. This course will explore the history and evolution of denial and identify contemporary distortions and misuses of the Holocaust.

Registration is $30

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March 24 – Early Beginnings of Denial

This session will look at the early moments when denial first appeared in the 1950s. It will follow its changes over the coming decades.

This is the first meeting of the Spring 2022 Lunch & Learn

March 24, 12:00pm – 1:30pm via Zoom

March 31 – Twisting the Truth: Denial Moves Mainstream

This session will examine the shift from the fringe to mainstream and the dangerous, sometimes harder to identify, forms it took.

This is the second meeting of the Spring 2022 Lunch & Learn 

March 31, 12:00pm – 1:30pm via Zoom

April 7 – Distortion of Holocaust Memory

Across Europe there is a growing assault on Holocaust memory. This session will look at the wide-ranging trend of Holocaust distortion and obfuscation across Europe.

This is the third meeting of the Spring 2022 Lunch & Learn

April 7, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm via Zoom

April 14 – Denial Around the World

This session will look at denial and distortion on the international stage, with particular emphasis on the middle east.

This is the fourth meeting of the Spring 2022 Lunch & Learn 

April 14, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm via Zoom

April 21 – Distortion and Comparison Today

This session will look at the numerous Holocaust comparisons made during the covid pandemic.

This is the fifth and final meeting of the Spring 2022 Lunch & Learn

April 21, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm via Zoom

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

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