Gerald S. Kaplan Endowment Lecture: "The Holocaust: Myths And Misconceptions"

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Historical scholarship doesn't make its way immediately into the public consciousness. In the case of the Holocaust, Northwestern University historian Peter Hayes sees a "widening and particularly stark gap" between what scholars of the Holocaust have discovered in years of serious study and what the general public thinks about the Holocaust. During the 2015 Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute and his Gerald S. Kaplan Endowment Lecture, Professor Peter Hayes (PhD Yale, 1982), who is the Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor at Northwestern University, where he specializes in the history of Germany in the 20th century – particularly the Nazi period – will counter common myths and misconceptions about the Holocaust.

Hayes is the author or editor of eleven books, including the prize winners Industry and Ideology: IG Farben in the Nazi Era and Lessons and Legacies I: The Meaning of the Holocaust in a Changing World, and The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies (ed. with John K. Roth), Das Amt und die Vergangenheit: Deutsche Diplomaten im Dritten Reich und in der Bundesrepublik (with Eckart Conze, Norbert Frei, and Moshe Zimmermann), and his most recent volume How Was It Possible? A Holocaust Reader. He is currently working on a study of German big business and the persecution of the Jews and a manuscript on German elites and National Socialism. A recipient of the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award and the Northwestern Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, he also held a Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence, the University’s highest honor for teaching, in 2007-10. He has received research fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. In June 2014, he became the chair of the Academic Committee at the USHMM. Following his lecture, Hayes will sign books.

Tickets are $5 for HMH members, seniors and students and $8 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit

Photo Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
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