Friday, June 29 • 4:15pm - 5:25pm
Jewish Upstanders in Nazi Hells: An Inspiring Holocaust Reset

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Since 1945 we have erred in emphasizing what was done by perpetrators to Holocaust victims (the Horror Story) while slighting what victims tried to do for one another (the Help Story).  We need a reset that draws on both matters, the better to highlight our Social Instinct to aid others even at risk of our own lives.  We need to learn about creative, secret, non-militant resistance to dehumanization in ghettos and camps.  We need to alter an unduly bleak view of the Holocaust, our cringing school lessons, our depressing Yom HaShoah commemorations and our veiled devaluation of the 1933-1945 lives of European Jewry.  There is much in the actual history of which we should be proud, as some Jewish victims lived up to the Commandment - "Thou Shall Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself."  Pragmatic and inspiring reforms are overdue and merit our warm support.

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Arthur Shostak

After schooling at Cornell (BS 1958) and Princeton (Ph.D 1961) Art Shostak taught sociology courses in Philadelphia (1961-2003) at the U of Pa and Drexel U. Since relocating in California he has visited 48 Holocaust Museums worldwide, studied over 200 survivor memoirs, and authored... Read More →

Friday June 29, 2018 4:15pm - 5:25pm
Russian River Valley