Holocaust Scholar to Speak About Key Nazi Policymakers

April 3, 2012 – Renowned holocaust scholar Alan Steinweis will come to Dutchess Community College on April 17 at 7 p.m. to give a presentation called “Becoming a Professional Anti-semite: Three Biographies from Nazi Germany.” The lecture will be held in the James and Betty Hall Theatre in Dutchess Hall. The lecture will be preceded by a Yom HaShaoh ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Ritz Lounge.

Steinweis will discuss the careers of Hans Kinkel, Karl Georg Kuhn and Wolfgang Diewerge. Kinkel’s most notable assignment was to oversee Jewish cultural life inside Nazi Germany. Kuhn, who taught at the University of Tübingen, emerged during the 1930s as a leading academic expert on Judaism. Diewerge was a Propaganda Ministry official who shaped much of the German press coverage of the November 1938 pogrom. These individuals neither were architects of mass murder nor executioners, but highly educated intellectuals and bureaucrats, a necessary component, as Steinweis points out in his work, to anchor anti-semitic thought in Nazi Germany’s culture industry and education system.

Steinweis is professor of history and Director of the Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont. He is the author of “Art, Ideology, and Economics in Nazi Germany: The Reich Chambers of Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts” (1993); “Studying the Jew: Scholarly Antisemitism in Nazi Germany” (2006) and “Kristallnacht 1938” (2009). “Studying the Jew” was designated a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category.

The lecture is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities at DCC and supported by the Aaron and June Gillespie Forum and the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County. Steinweis was invited to DCC by Dr. Werner Steger, professor of history. Call (845) 431-8409.