Responses to the Holocaust and its Aftermath by American Presidents: Realpolitik or Real Justice?
Aired: October 24, 2010
Ann Saltzman, Co-director of the Center for Holocaust Genocide Study at Drew University, and Harry Reicher, Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, discuss the sociological, legal, and psychological circumstances that led to the Holocaust. Delving into how a society can be prepared for state-sponsored genocide, Saltzman looks to the German civilian population, without whose support the Nazi party would never have gained power, and tries to understand how they came to be acclimated to the horrors of the Holocaust. Additionally, Reicher provides a unique legal perspective, exposing the Nazis’ near-obsessive need to justify by law their acts of genocide and their motives in doing so. Ranging from a wide-reaching discussion of the systematic dehumanization process which led to the Holocaust, to the Truman administration’s unfaltering support of the Israeli state, this episode raises issues pertinent to modern violations of human rights and calls into question what conditions necessitate U.S. intervention. The topics raised by this episode are based in part on Responses to the Holocaust and its Aftermath by American Presidents: Realpolitik or Real Justice?, a Drew University conference on genocide, made possible by a grant from NJCH.
To Learn More Visit:
- Drew University’s Center for Holocaust Studies: Host of the NJCH grant-funded genocide conference Responses to the Holocaust and its Aftermath by American Presidents: Realpolitik or Real Justice?
- Harry Reicher’s UPenn faculty bio page:Find out more information on Harry Reicher
- Ann Saltzman’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study bio page: For more information on Anne Saltzman
- NJCH Grant Application:Find out more about applying for a grant from NJCH