Lunch and Learn: Icons of Auschwitz

A five-week course with MCHE Historian, Dr. Shelly Cline.
Wednesdays 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
October 20 – Nov 17, 2021
All sessions will be hosted via Zoom

Perhaps more than any other single location, Auschwitz has become symbolic of the Holocaust experience. Although many are familiar with this place through films and the testimony of survivors, it is often as a backdrop. This series will explore the evolution of the camp, the lives of those imprisoned within it, and its liberation and aftermath as Holocaust icon.

Registration is $30

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October 20 – Evidence of Auschwitz

This session will look at the evidence left behind and the remains of the camp’s infrastructure. We will also look at preservation efforts by the memorial and museum at Auschwitz.

This is the first meeting of the Fall 2021 Lunch & Learn Icons of Auschwitz

October 20, 12:00pm – 1:30pm via Zoom

October 27 – Revolt and Resistance

Although many only think of instances of armed resistance, this session will examine the many types of resistance prisoners engaged in while in Auschwitz.

This is the second meeting of the Fall 2021 Lunch & Learn Icons of Auschwitz

October 27, 12:00pm – 1:30pm via Zoom

November 3 – Dr. Mengele and Medical Experiments in Auschwitz

This session will look at Dr. Mengele and the medical experiments that took place in Auschwitz. Perhaps the most notorious of Nazi perpetrators, we will separate the history from the fiction.

This is the third meeting of the Fall 2021 Lunch & Learn Icons of Auschwitz

November 3, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm via Zoom

November 19 – Auschwitz on Trial

From the first trial in 1947, to the Frankfurt trials of the 1960s to the last trials of our own time, this session will look at the many attempts at post war justice for those involved in the Auschwitz system.

This is the fourth meeting of the Fall 2021 Lunch & Learn Icons of Auschwitz

November 10, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm via Zoom

November 17 – Representations of Auschwitz

From Schindler’s List to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, artistic representations of Auschwitz are pervasive. This session will evaluate some of the most famous depictions of this site.

This is the fifth and final meeting of the Fall 2021 Lunch & Learn Icons of Auschwitz

November 17, 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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