Berger Family Holocaust Lecture
The Annual Berger Family Holocaust Lecture
Endowed by Drs. Robert and Patricia (’62) Berger
“Pope Pius XII in World War II”
The 2012-13 Berger Family Holocaust Lecture
Prof. Gerhard Weinberg, University of North Carolina (emeritus)
Gerhard Weinberg is one of the most distinguished historians of World War II and a leading expert on the foreign policy of Nazi Germany. His magisterial book, A World in Arms: A Global History of World War II, has been characterized as a “brilliant and exhaustive masterwork” and as “splendid and truly encyclopedic.” Weinberg was centrally involved in the analysis of captured German documents in the 1950s and discovered and edited Hitler’s so-called “Second Book,” a sequel to Mein Kampf that had not been published during Hitler’s lifetime. Prof. Weinberg was a Fulbright professor, a Guggenheim Fellow, a senior scholar in residence at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and president of the German Studies Association (GSA). Among the many honors bestowed on Weinberg is the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for lifetime excellence in military writing. At Colby, Weinberg will present the 2013 Annual Berger Holocaust Lecture and discuss the role of Pope Pius XII during the Second World War, a subject that has inspired great controversy and many polemical works.
Prior Berger Lecturers
2011-12 — Robert O. Paxton, “Vichy France and the Jews: Shield or Traitor?” audio file
2010-11 — Hasia Diner, “Not a Silent Generation” Post-War American Jews and the Memory of the Holocaust”
2009-10 — Joanna Michlic
2008-09 — Peter Hayes, “The Holocaust: Myths and Misunderstandings”
2007-08 — Doris Bergen, “The Challenges of Studying the Holocaust”
2006-07 — Christopher Browning, “Remembering Survival: The Factory Slave Labor Camps of Starachowice, Poland”
2005-06 — Phillip Silver, “Hitler’s ‘Model Camp’: Jews, Music, and Resistance at Terezin, 1941-1944″
The Jewish Studies Program is also grateful to Barry and Judith Bronstein (P’96) for endowing the Bronstein Fund for Jewish Studies and Holocaust Studies, whose funds support a variety of Jewish Studies programs.