Event Details

Between Vengeance and Reconciliation:
Jewish Honor Courts in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

Thursday, November 9, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium (view map)
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A public reception will follow in the Park Library Baber Room.

Dr. Laura Jockusch will discuss Jewish legal responses to the Holocaust by looking at trials that the Jewish communities held against Holocaust survivors accused of having "collaborated" with the Nazis. Such court cases occurred in Jewish communities across Europe in the early postwar period and only later became a taboo topic for several decades.

Speaker Bio

Image of Laura JockuschLaura Jockusch is the Albert Abramson Assistant Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University.​ She is an expert in Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies. Jockusch’s research and teaching focus on the social, political, cultural, and legal histories of European Jews before, during, and after the Holocaust and engage in comparative, transnational, and cross-disciplinary perspectives. 

Her first book studied the beginnings of Holocaust research by Jews and from a Jewish perspective immediately after the liberation from Nazi rule. Her ongoing research project investigates how Jews conceptualized legal redress after the unprecedented crime of the Nazi genocide of European Jews. It explores how Jewish individuals and organizations related to the Nuremberg trials and other Allied war crime trials in occupied Germany, and examines the multifaceted ways in which Jews sought to implement their ideas of justice in and outside of the Allied tribunals.

Prior to coming to Brandeis in fall 2016, Jockusch taught at New York University, the University of Leipzig, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the University of Haifa, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Click here to view her faculty profile.

Event Sponsors

Sponsored by the Dr. Harold Abel Endowed Lecture Series in the Study of Dictatorship, Democracy and Genocide within the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences (CHSBS) at CMU. This​ endowed lecture series was established in 2009 by the family of Dr. Harold Abel to honor and memorialize his 44-year career as an educator, which included a 10-year term as president of Central Michigan University from 1975 to 1985. Dr. Abel passed away in 2002.​