Holocaust Lecture to Kick Off Series at GC

The 2012-2013 Joan Crawford Lectures at Garrett College will begin with a presentation by GC Professor of Humanities Beth Luers titled “Paris-Berlin-Oranienburg & the Holocaust” on Monday, Oct. 1, noon to 1 p.m. in Room 646.

Luers will speak about the historical events surrounding the Holocaust along with her personal experiences garnered this summer during a professional development and research trip to sites where the state-sponsored extermination of Jews were organized and carried out under the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler.

The presentation will include slides of the sites Luers visited and her descriptions of the impact of walking along the ground in Sachsenhausen prison camp that consists of the ashes of the thousands who were killed there. Speaking of time spent in Berlin Luers said: “I felt an ominous, choking atmosphere in Berlin that I never want to revisit. It's as if the city has too much history to overcome.”

Luers in-depth studies of the Holocaust have resulted in her forming bonds of friendship with several survivors who have written and lectured world-wide about their experiences.

All presentations in the Joan Crawford Lecture Series are free of charge and open to the public. To learn more about this lecture or the series persons may contact Luers at 301-387-3020.