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College of Arts & Sciences
Jewish Studies Program

Eric Steinhart Lecture

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 7:00pm

"Camouflaged by and Camouflaging Murder:
The Many Identities of an 'Ethnic German' Holocaust Perpetrator.

Eric Steinhart,
Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

This public lecture will focus on Jack Reimer, a Volksdeutsche guard at Trawniki. Utilizing American, German, and Soviet sources, the lecture will examine the crimes and perennial self-reinventions of Jack (a.k.a. Jakob) Reimer, a heavily-implicated Volksdeutsche Holocaust perpetrator. Within little more than a generation, Reimer transformed himself from a dekulakized ethnic German peasant to a Red Army lieutenant under the Soviet regime, from a POW in German captivity to a senior non-commissioned officer at the SS-run Trawniki camp near Lublin, and finally from a Soviet fugitive to a law-abiding American citizen. Focusing on Reimer's myriad guises, the lecture will argue that for some non-German, and specifically for Volksdeutsche perpetrators, participating in the Holocaust served as a vehicle for negotiating Eastern Europe's dangerous wartime interethnic milieu. 


Place: Gambrell Hall Auditorium

[Sponsored by History, Jewish Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Walker Institute of International and Area Studies]

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