- This event has passed.
Witnessing Hate From Afar
November 10 , 1:00 pm
The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC), in commemoration of the 81st anniversary of “Kristallnacht,” presents “Witnessing hate from Afar: How Americans Learned of ‘Kristallnacht’ and the Lessons for Americans Today.”
To mark the 81st anniversary of “Kristallnacht,” HMTC’s Museum and Programming Director, Dr. Thorin Tritter, will give a talk about the information Americans learned about the pogroms of November 9 and 10, 1938 in Germany, and how quickly news of those events crossed the Atlantic. Drawing on newspaper of the time and autobiographical accounts, Dr. Tritter will explore the event as Americans saw it. He will also compare the news stories from 1938 with news stories that have covered contemporary hate speech and atrocities, asking the audience to think about what are the lessons that we should draw from the past when facing genocides and atrocities in distant places today.
Before coming to HMTC earlier this year, Dr. Tritter served as Executive Director of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), an organization that takes 60-70 graduate students in various fields to Europe each year where they explore the actions of professionals in Nazi Germany and then use that history as a launching point for an intensive course of study on contemporary professional ethics. As Museum and Program Director, Dr. Tritter oversees the upgrading and curation of HMTC’s permanent and special exhibitions and is responsible for continuing HMTC’s topical and impactful community programs open to the public. Dr. Tritter holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and both a Master’s degree and Doctorate from Columbia University.
Light refreshments will be served. There is a suggested admission of $10 to attend. Seating is limited and reservations in advance are required. To RSVP, call (516) 571-8040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.