27 June 2006
Yad Vashem has launched a new lectures series featuring the insights and perspectives of Yad Vashem's researchers and historians. Available in audio broadcasts and podcast downloads from Yad Vashem's website, www.yadvashem.org, the program, featuring scholars from Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research as well as Holocaust historians and educators, explores key issues in the Holocaust.
The first lecture posted, "The Allies and the Holocaust" explores various issues surrounding the Allied response to the Holocaust. Placing the Allies in the context of the “bystanders” in the Shoah, the lecture examines their responses on the basis of their understanding of the war, their national interests, and the differing time frames of the Shoah and World War II.
"The Allies and the Holocaust" is presented by Dr. David Silberklang, Editor of Yad Vashem Studies, the scholarly annual journal of Yad Vashem, and Series Editor for the English-language memoir series published jointly by Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Survivors’ Memoirs Project and is Israel’s representative on the Academic Working Group of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, and a lecturer in Jewish History in the Rothberg International School and in the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The lecture is 35 minutes long. A suggested bibliography and links to related exhibits and material on the Yad Vashem website accompany the lecture.
Lectures by other Yad Vashem historians exploring various aspects of Holocaust history, research and education will be posted in the future.