Don’t Miss the Holocaust Exhibit and Lecture Series in Phoenix

The Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix (1221 N Central Ave) is hosting an exhibit and a lecture series featuring the Holocaust.

Entitled “Holocaust by Bullets 10 Years of Investigation,” the exhibit documents the systematic killing of Jews by mass execution prior to concentration camps. Eyewitness testimonies, photos, quotes and other evidence of atrocities of the Holocaust are included in the 2,000 square foot exhibit on the second floor, through March 11.

Meanwhile, a lecture series kicks off this coming Thursday (2/6/2020) and includes 5 lectures (each detailed below). I plan to see the exhibit and attend lectures (both free to the general public) when possible. This is a great opportunity to connect with the Jewish community, so I hope you will join me in showing support to our Jewish friends.

Inheriting Trauma: Genocide as a Case in Point
Thursday, February 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Janice Friebaum, M.A., M.S., daughter of a Holocaust survivor and published author, will present the topic of transgenerational trauma and its present-day relevance to individuals, communities, and larger political issues.   Her talk will focus on the offspring of genocide survivors, in particular descendants of Holocaust survivors, as a prototype for understanding intergenerational transfer of trauma.

Memory and Family History in Post-War Germany
Thursday, February 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Lecture by Dr. Bjorn Krondorfer, Director of the Martin-Springer Institute at NAU. A personalized talk on the effects of the Holocaust and war on German society, family and German post-war generations. It begins with the story the presenter’s family (including his father’s war experience as a 17-year old German soldier, in the vicinity of a Jewish slave labor camp in Poland), addresses more general themes in society, and concludes with brief remarks on the value of dialogue between the communities and individual affected by the traumatic memory of extreme (state-sponsored) violence.

We Tell the Stories of the Holocaust We Never Saw
Sunday, February 16 from 1 to 4 p.m.

How does one write about the experiences of Holocaust survivors? The authors, on the panel, are children or grandchildren of survivors who have found a way to bring their families’ stories to life. Join them as they tell the audience what motivated them to write their books and the process each went through to bring their stories to you. Featuring authors: Mirla G. Raz, Ettie Zilber, Adena Astrowsky and Phyllis Palm.

Trapped in German Occupied Eastern Europe: Collaboration and Resistance
Thursday, February 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Lecture by  Dr. Kimberly Allar and Dr. Yan Mann, Clinical Assistant Professors of History, Co-Directors of the World War II Studies online MA degree, Arizona State University. This presentation offers a look at some of the paths that opened to civilians trapped in German occupied Eastern Europe during the war. Dr. Allar and Dr. Mann will each explore the choices and decisions different groups made, while further analyzing how local anti-Semitism, and resistance to it, thrived under German occupation.

Commemorating the Crimes of Ordinary Men: The 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII
Tuesday, February 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Three short lectures by ASU faculty including:
Dr. Kimberly Allar, Clinical Assistant Professor of History speaking on “Who were the Perpetrators? Auschwitz and Holocaust by Bullets.”
Dr. Aaron Moore, Associate Professor of History discussing “WWII Memory of Japan.”
Dr. Volker Benkert, Assistant Professor of History speaking on “The Murderers Among Us. The Holocaust by Bullets in German Memory after 1945.”

For more events and information on Holocaust by Bullets, visit the library website or

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