• Event Time 9:30 am-6:00 pm
  • Event Start Date 05/30/2018
  • Event Location Centro Cultural Miguel Ángel Asturias, 23 Calle, Guatemala

International Conference: The Police and The Holocaust: The Role of Police Forces in The Genocide of Jews and Roma.

May 30-31, 2018
Guatemala City, Guatemala

CO-ORGANIZERS Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Levine Institute for Holocaust Education. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Museo del Holocausto Guatemala. Yahad – In Unum will organize its 5th International Syposium in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum this May in Guatemala where Yahad founded the Museo del Holocausto.

This conference will bring together scholars to address the role of the police in the Holocaust, particularly in the organized murder of Jews and Roma. The Nazi state and their allies involved police at every stage of the genocidal process, from the arrest and looting of the victims to their deportation and killing. During Nazi occupation, non-German police units—some already in existence, some newly created—performed a range of key functions in pursuit of German goals, but also based on their own interests. Participants will address how and why the police—as an executive agency of the state as well as an organized group of decision-making individuals—took part in the genocidal process across Europe, and examine the extent of their participation in different countries and contexts. Yahad – In Unum researchers will be highlighting the role of the police using evidence from Yahad research trips in the field across Eastern Europe. Speakers will include Patrick Desbois, who will discuss the role of the police through the eyes of the neighbors, Wendy Lower, who will be discussing the impact of the police on the genocidial process among others.

The conference is free and open to the public. Simultaneous translation between Spanish and English will be provided. Please contact Patrice Bensimon, Yahad – In Unum Research Director, at p.bensimon@yahadinunum.org with any questions about this program. This conference will take place under the patronage of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and has been made possible by the generosity of the Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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