Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 18, 2002

Museum Scholar to Lecture at Whitworth on Religious Responses to the Holocaust

The Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning at Whitworth College will host a lecture, "Religious Responses to the Holocaust: The Role of the Churches," by Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming, a program officer at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The lecture will take place Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall at Whitworth. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (509) 777-4424.

In her lecture, Brown-Fleming will discuss the religious and political climate of Germany in the years preceding the Holocaust, and will focus on the pivotal year of 1933.

"This year marked a split in German Protestantism into the 'German Christian' Reichskirche (Reich Church) and the anti-Nazi Bekennede Kirche (Confessing Church), as well as the Concordat (Reichskonkordat) between the Holy See and Nazi Germany, which clarified the rights of the Catholic Church in Germany," Brown-Fleming says.

Brown-Fleming will discuss the percentage of Holocaust perpetrators who were self-identified Christians and will examine many of what she calls "pseudo-self-critical statements dealing with church complicity during the Nazi Period."

The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum supports and sponsors scholarship, publications and fellowship opportunities, and is one of the world's principal venues for Holocaust scholarship.

Established in 1998, the center addresses the passing of eyewitness Holocaust scholars who are now being replaced with scholars born after the events. Its mission is to ensure continued research and teaching about the Holocaust on American campuses.As program officer at the center, Brown-Fleming plans and coordinates lectures, symposia and research workshops for scholars using the center's resources.

Brown-Fleming holds a Ph.D. in modern German history from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in American diplomatic history from the University of Richmond, in Virginia. Her forthcoming publications in scholarly journals include "Cardinal Aloisius Muench and the Guilt Question in Germany, 1946-1959" and "Excusing the Holocaust: German Catholic Response to Aloisius Muench's One World in Charity, 1946-1959."


James Waller, professor of psychology, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4424 or jwaller@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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