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Guest Lecturer to Present Holocaust Photography at Susquehanna University

March 23, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – David Crew, professor of history at the University of Texas, will deliver a lecture entitled “Photographic Sites of Holocaust Memory” at 7:30 p.m. on March 31 in Susquehanna University’s Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center meeting rooms 1-3. Crew’s talk is the next installment of a year-long lecture series, “History vs. Memory,” presented by Susquehanna University’s Department of History and the Holocaust/Genocide Studies Group.

The lecture will include photographs of the Holocaust taken by the German SS; American, British and Russian liberators; and some by Jewish victims. Crew will explore how these images have been used since 1945 and what they reveal to us today.

A faculty member of the Normandy Scholar Program since 1993, Crew’s research and teaching interests include the history of popular culture and consumerism in 20th-century Germany and Europe; the history and politics of memory; and the visual history of Germany in the 20th century, with a specific focus on photographic representations. At the University of Texas, Crew teaches courses in 20th-Century Germany, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, and Germany Since 1945.   

Crew is the author of “Town in the Ruhr: A Social History of Bochum, 1860-1914” (1979) and “Germans on Welfare: From Weimar to Hitler” (1998). He also is the editor of “Nazism and German Society, 1933-1945” (1994) and “Consuming Germany in the Cold War” (2003). His most recent publication is “Hitler and the Nazis: A History in Documents” in the “Pages of History” series (2005), published by Oxford University Press.

For more information on this or other “History vs. Memory” lectures, contact David Imhoof at 570- 372-4191.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study and service learning abroad, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

Contact: Karen Jones

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