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October 31, 2018

Fascism and the Holocaust in Historical and Contemporary Perspective: Nov. 7.

On Wednesday, November 7, Ronald Berger, Sociology faculty emeritus, and Stanislav Vysotsky, assistant professor of Sociology and Criminology, both from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, will present “Fascism and the Holocaust in Historical and Contemporary Perspective."

This free event is open to the public. The presentation begins at 7 pm in Kirby Ballroom on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. Complimentary food and beverages will be available beginning at 6:30 pm.

The Holocaust is as relevant a topic today as at any other point in contemporary history. Berger and Vysotsky will discuss both the historical importance and lessons of the Holocaust and the reality of fascist groups and movements in today’s world. They will each give a brief talk and then open up the floor for a community conversation.

Book cover: Children, Save Yourselves! by Ronald J. BergerAlso, Dr. Berger’s latest book, Children, Save Yourselves! One Family’s Story of Holocaust Survival, will be available for purchase, and he will sign books following the community conversation.   

About the Speakers
Ronald J. Berger, Ph.D. is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has published numerous books and articles on topics that include crime and criminal justice, disability, and the Holocaust. His books on the Holocaust include The Holocaust, Religion, and the Politics of Collective MemorySurviving the Holocaust: A Life Course Perspective; and most recently, Children, Save Yourselves! One Family’s Story of Holocaust Survival, an account of his father’s and uncle’s survival.

Stanislav Vysotsky, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His research on the militant antifascist movement and the relationship between threat, space, subculture, and social movement activism has been published in journals such as Interface: A Journal for and about Social MovementsCritical Criminology; and the book American Antifa: The Tactics, Culture, and Practice of Militant Antifascism(forthcoming, Routledge). He has also published research on fascist and supremacist movements in the Journal of Political and Military Sociology, the Journal of Crime and Justice, and the Journal of Hate Studies, as well as several edited volumes. His current research is focused on analyzing the dynamics between protesters, counter-protesters, and police at fascist rallies.

This event is sponsored by the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee and UMD’s Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Criminology.

Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration
The mission of the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration is to provide resources for lectures, seminars, and presentations dedicated to informing and educating people about the Holocaust, its victims, causes, consequences, lessons, and memory. 

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