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'Lessons of Holocaust' speaker series features survivors, researchers

Three-part series aligns with 'Deadly Medicine' exhibition

Contact: CMU News

Six men who extensively research or experienced the horrors of Nazi Germany will share perspectives in the “Lessons of the Holocaust” speaker series presented by the Central Michigan University College of Medicine.

The series opens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, in the main auditorium of the College of Medicine building with Albion College professor Geoff Cocks, who has written frequently about the Holocaust, including “Psychotherapy in the Third Reich.” Also presenting is Stan Binkowski, a well-known and longtime Mount Pleasant businessman who was rounded up with other teenagers by Nazi soldiers in 1940 and taken to a labor camp in Germany.

“These details, events and the consequences remain important, particularly when they come from people such as Stan Binkowski,” said Mark Cwiek, a professor in the CMU College of Health Professions and master of ceremonies for the series.

On Tuesday, June 17, Dr. Martin Tobi, a professor of gastroenterology with the CMU College of Medicine, will tie the series to the ongoing United States Holocaust Memorial Museum traveling exhibition “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race.” The exhibition is on display in the CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History through July 1.

Tobi will discuss how the lack of ethics among scientists and doctors influenced the principles we carry today. Also presenting on June 17 is Martin Lowenberg, who survived six concentration camps and was featured in the book “Living Witnesses: Triumph Over Tragedy.”

The series will conclude at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, with two additional speakers. CMU history professor Eric Johnson, whose research resulted in several publications, including “Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans” and “What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany” will present first. James Jones, a CMU professor of German, will outline some of his work on the Nazi persecution of gay men and lesbians, which has led to several published articles.

A question-and-answer session will be part of each evening.

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