MADISON, NJ - Scholars and historians agree that the stories we tell shape our identities and the very way we live our lives. Hollywood may be viewed as one of the master storytellers with the power to frame and transform critical global and national issues. On November 13, 2014 the Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study will explore how Hollywood responded to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust between 1933-1945.
The November 13 conference, titled Hollywood and Nazi Germany, 1933-1945 Stories Told/Stories Untold, will be held in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts on the Drew University campus, beginning at 9 a.m. but light refreshments will be available at 8:30 a.m. According to Ann Saltzman, professor emerita of psychology and director of the Center, “We will explore how Hollywood’s interface with the socio-political context of the time fostered the creation of films that told only a limited story about the evolving repressive and genocidal Nazi regime.”
The first conference presentation will be given by Dr. Joshua Kavaloski, Associate Professor of German at Drew and Assistant Director of the Center. His topic is Stories we Tell: Narrative and the Politics of Memory. Next will be a session on Racism, Xenophobia, and Anti-Semitism in America: The Interwar Years by Dr. Larry Greene, Professor of History, Seton Hall University. Then Dr. Thomas Doherty, Professor of American Studies, Brandeis University will talk on the subject of his recent book, Hollywood & Hitler, 1933-1939. Finally, Dr. Susan Carruthers, Professor of History, Rutgers University-Newark, will cover Hollywood & Hitler, 1939-1945. The conference ends with a panel discussion by all presenters.
Registration for the November 13 conference is $20 for members of the general public. Space is limited and reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, please call the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study at 973.408.3600 or e-mail ctrholst@drew.edu. A complete schedule and response card can be downloaded at www.drew.edu/chs.