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Eyewitness to rise of Nazi Germany will speak March 3 at UNCG

Photo of a May 10, 1933, Berlin book burning, collection of U.S. National ArchivesAs a boy, Alfred Schnog lived as part of a Jewish family as the Nazi state rose to power. On Kristallnacht, the nationwide German pogrom in November 1938 that is often identified as the official beginning of the Holocaust, he saw the destruction firsthand. In Cologne, Germany he watched Nazi thugs destroy and loot Jewish businesses, then saw his own synagogue burned down. The next evening, he made a dramatic escape with his mother and twin brother.

His inspirational story of success as an immigrant also highlights the adaptation processes faced by all displaced people. On Tuesday, March 3, Schnog, who lives in the Wilmington area, will speak about how National Socialism and other extremism gain momentum, applying his observations to current national and worldwide events.

4 p.m. – “The Holocaust and Genocides Worldwide: What Have We Learned?” – A panel discussion in Curry Building, Room 225
Featuring Alfred Schnog (Kristallnacht eyewitness) and the UNCG Holocaust & Genocide Studies Network (Dr. Roy Schwartzman, Communication Studies; Dr. Emily Levine, History; Dr. Susanne Rinner, German Studies; Prof. Lynda Kellam, University Libraries/Political Science

Reception will  immediately follow in Curry 231

7 p.m. – “Prelude to Genocide” presentation by Alfred Schnog – Curry Building, Room 225

The events are sponsored by a Kohler Fund grant from the UNCG International Programs Center.

Visual: May 10, 1933, Berlin book burning, collection of U.S. National Archives