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Creating a Concentration Camp Society: How Governments Push for Mass Detention and How People Resist

September 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Creating a Concentration Camp Society: How Governments Push for Mass Detention and How People Resist

Featuring Andrea Pitzer, author and journalist
Moderated by Dr. Amy Traver, Professor of Social Sciences, QCC-CUNY

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | Noon | Zoom

The Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College and Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center present the first event in the 2020-21 KHC/National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Colloquium.

The development of the German concentration camp system reveals how ruling parties engineer mass detention of civilians without trial. While the horrors of Nazi extermination camps remain unique in history, the first several years of German concentration camps parallel how governments in other places and times have adopted mass detention for similar political purposes. What gives rise to camps, why has their use expanded exponentially in the last decade, and what strategies have been successful in opposing them?

Andrea Pitzer is the author of “One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps,” among other books. Andrea’s writing has appeared many places in print and online, from The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, The Daily Beast, Vox, and Slate to GQ and Lapham’s Quarterly.

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Date:
September 30
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm