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Amram Scholar Series

This dynamic program of free public lectures brings world-renowned authors, scholars, political leaders, policy experts, and theologians to WHC to share their perspectives on timely issues or their research into Jewish culture and history.

We are pleased to present prominent writers of the nation's newest works on topics of Jewish interest, often in cooperation with the Jewish Book Council.

Lawrence Douglas and Andrew Nagorski

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The determined men and women who refused to allow the crimes of Nazi perpetrators to go unpunished are the subject of an Amram Scholar Series lecture, presented jointly by journalist Andrew Nagorski and Professor Lawrence Douglas at Temple on Sunday, April 2 at 10:30 am.

Mr. Nagorski, a former bureau chief for Newsweek magazine in six foreign capitals, will share stories he researched for his latest book, The Nazi Hunters. He tells of the young American prosecutors in the Nuremberg and Dachau trials, the case against Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss, the German judge and prosecutor who forced his country to confront its record of mass murder, and the Israeli team that captured Adolf Eichmann. He also recounts the persevering efforts of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations, which sought decades after war’s end to expel former Nazi perpetrators secretly living in the United States.

Among that group of hidden war criminals was John Demjanjuk, a Cleveland autoworker and naturalized U.S. citizen, who is the focus of Professor Douglas’ latest book, The Right Wrong Man. Douglas, a professor of law and social thought at Amherst College, covered the former camp guard’s final trial for Harper’s Magazine from 2009–2011, and he provides a gripping eyewitness account of this last major Holocaust prosecution. A legal battle that began in 1975, with the suspicion that Demjanjuk had been the “Ivan the Terrible” of Treblinka, ended 36 years later when a Munich court found him guilty of assisting in the murder of 28,060 Jews at a different Polish death camp, Sobibór.

This joint program about the impetus for legal closure of Nazi war crimes is presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

2016-2017 Amram Scholar Series Schedule

Unless specified, all lectures are held at Temple on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 pm
Germans & Jews, Documentary and Reception Hosted by the German Embassy

Friday, October 28 at 6:00 pm (during Shabbat services)
Cornell William Brooks, "Moral Necessity or Nostalgia: The Jewish & Black Coalition of Conscience"

Friday, November 11 at 7:00 pm (at dinner after Shabbat services)
Adam Kirsch, author of The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature

Sunday, December 11
Rabbi Ben Kamin, author of I Don't Know What to Believe: Making Spiritual Peace with Your Religion

Sunday, January 22
David Kinney, author of The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets

Sunday, February 26
Dov Waxman, author of Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel

Sunday, March 19
Maya Benton, author of Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

Sunday, April 2
Lawrence Douglas and Andrew Nagorski, "Bringing Nazis to Justice"

Wednesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm
Howard Blum, author of The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal

Past Lectures

The Amram Scholar Series welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Kinney to Temple on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Co-author of The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich, Mr. Kinney provides a fresh, eye-opening account of the Nazis’ rise to power and genesis of the Holocaust uncovered in a long-lost diary written by Alfred Rosenberg.

Upcoming Events

April 2, 2017 / Sunday
Amram Scholar Series Presents Lawrence Douglas and Andrew Nagorski
10:30 AM—12:00 PM

The determined men and women who refused to allow the crimes of Nazi perpetrators to go unpunished are the subject of an Amram Scholar Series lecture, presented jointly by journalist…

May 24, 2017 / Wednesday
Amram Scholar Series Presents Howard Blum
7:00 PM—8:30 PM

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