Western Washington University’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity will co-host “The Wannsee Conference Now & Then” in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific) on Wednesday, Jan. 27, via Zoom.

Pre-registration for this free webinar is required, and available by clicking here

The Wannsee Conference, a meeting of 15 high-ranking Nazi officials on Jan 20, 1942 at Lake Wannsee near Berlin, is one of the most important events in the history of the persecution and murder of European Jewry. Under the leadership of Reinhard Heydrich, the men discussed the implementation of the deportations and the murder of 11 million Jews. In the spring of 1942, the deportations to the death camps in occupied Eastern Europe began.

Seventy-nine years later, Germany and Europe are facing a new wave of right-wing extremism and antisemitism. Synagogues are attacked and Jews are injured and murdered. The Covid-19-pandemic fuels conspiracy narratives which are often rooted in antisemitism. Has history taught us so little?

The lecture will give an overview of the meeting at Lake Wannsee on Jan 20, 1942 in its larger historical context and discuss its relevance in the wake of rising antisemitism in Germany and Europe today.