Posted: February 1, 2007

Campion College presents the following lecture:

Reluctant Confessors: The Church Struggle in Nazi Germany
Micheal Hockenos, PhD

Monday, February 12, 2007
3:30 p.m.
Campion College Riffel Auditorium

Admission is free. Parking is available in 'M' areas of lot 3.

Hockenos is an associate professor of history at Skidmore College in upstate New York and author of A Church Divided: German Protestants Confront the Nazi Past (Indiana University Press, 2004). His book examines how German Protestant church leaders, theologians, pastors, and parishioners sought to come to terms with the failure of the churches to take an explicit stand against the Nazi regime and its racial policies. He is presently researching Jewish-Christian relations in Germany after the Holocaust with a particular emphasis on the debates within the Protestant church over whether it was appropriate to continue to proselytize Jews in the wake of the Shoah.

This lecture has been organized by Campion professors Christian Riegel, PhD (English) and Katherine Robinson, PhD (psychology) and is sponsored by Campus Outreach Lecture Program for the United States Holocaust Museum's Centre for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by the generosity of Marvin and Rose Lee Pomeratz.

In June 2006, Riegel and Robinson attended the Silberman Seminar for University Faculty: Teaching about the Holocaust, sponsored by the Centre for Advanced Holocaust Studies, in preparation for an interdisciplinary course in Holocaust studies which they will begin offering this fall. While not the first course in Holocaust studies to be offered at the university, it is the first interdisciplinary course to explore the nature of writing about the Holocaust through a study of literary and other texts that implicate readers in the psychological aspects of the Holocaust.