• Elliot Katz Lecture Series
  • 7th Annual Elliott Katz 2019 Lecture Series

    Location: Hodges University Naples Campus, Stock Building

    About this Event


    Beginning January 10, 2019, Elliott Katz will present a series of six lectures focusing on the Holocaust.

    Individuals must register to attend. Tickets are $20 per person for each lecture or $80 for the entire series.

    The 2019 schedule is as follows:

    January 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
    Casablanca: France Shows its True Colors and the Most Adored Spy in the World 
    France voluntarily imposed Nazi doctrines on its colonies without German pressure, and it led to North Africa becoming the center of French perfidy. You will learn how one of Europe’s most adored entertainers, Josephine Baker, risked her freedom to resist Nazi oppression and make Casablanca her home. As to the movie, truth is stranger than fiction.

    January 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m
    The Hereros, The Nama (Hottentots) and The Kaiser. Now it Begins. Where Will it End?
    Were Nazi Germany’s genocidal actions during World War II an aberration? Were Hitler’s views, policies and actions unique to Nazi ideology? Learn the truth as our presentation takes you to southwest Africa to learn about the brutal murder of almost 90,000 Herero and Nama. The presentation will give you a hint as to the future of Germany under National Socialism.

    February 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
    Armenia: Germany Perfects the Art of Extermination and the World Looks On and Does Nothing
    As World War I begins, the German government cements its relationship with the young Turkish Empire. Setting military and domestic policy in Turkey, Germany and their Turkish allies implement, without remorse or restraint, the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children. You will see and hear the voices of the murdered and the witnesses. Did the world remember? You will learn that someone did..

    February 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
    Churchill and Roosevelt Play Let’s Pretend. Hitler Did Not Play
    Three conferences determined the fate of Europeans needing a safe haven. One conference, at Wannsee Lake, on the outskirts of Berlin, put the finishing touches on the Holocaust. The other two conferences assured the first one would be successful. You will hear about all three, Wannsee, Evian and Bermuda. Shown during the presentation will be secret memos exchanged by the participants, and you will wonder how could this have happened. 

    March 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
    Where They Could Go to Be Safe and Why
    Germany, Italy and Japan, Axis powers fighting the Allies. One country wanted the Jews eliminated and they tried. One country tolerated the Jews and they did. One country welcomed the Jews and they went. This is the remarkable and complicated story of Japan’s attitude toward European Jewry. Why were they welcomed? How were they treated? Why did Japan consistently refuse Hitler’s request to implement his murderous policies against the Jews?

    March 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
    Yes, Anne, Maybe You Were Right 
    Each year, our concluding lecture celebrates those Gentiles who risked their lives and the safety of those they loved to save endangered Jews. Honored by Israel as Righteous Among the Nations, those brave men, women and children, and often times entire villages, were the brightest of lights in the darkest of times. This year, we will talk about three individuals whose courage, fortitude and bravery demonstrate that maybe Anne Frank was right about the goodness of people.

    Click here to register online. For more information, please contact April May at amay@hodges.edu or (239) 598-6153.

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