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Author, Holocaust expert Thomas Kühne speaking at Holocaust Memorial Center, March 23

February 6, 2014

WHAT: Wayne State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and The Guy Stern Endowment in Exile and Holocaust Studies present: “The Murderers Among Us: How We Elude and Confront Holocaust Perpetrators.”

Speaker: Thomas Kühne, author, Holocaust expert, Strassler Family Chair in the Study of Holocaust History at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, professor of history at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

WHEN: 2 p.m., Sunday, March 23, 2014

WHERE: Holocaust Memorial Center, Zekelman Family Campus, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, Mich. 48334


  • Why did the Holocaust perpetrators do what they did?
  • What made them become mass murderers?
  • How could they live with their deeds and misdeeds? Which kind of human beings were they actually?
  • And how did their friends, their families, their judges, the media and the academia deal with them?

In his lecture, Kühne will explore and assess popular fantasies about and scholarly insights into the pathology and the ordinariness of Hitler’s mass murderers, showing that the Holocaust can be explained only if we render account to the full diversity of the people who committed it.

Trained in Germany, Kühne received his Ph.D. from the University of Tübingen in 1992 and moved to the U.S. in 2003. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of the Holocaust and the Third Reich.

Free admission — no reservations required.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students.

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