Holocaust expert, encyclopedia writer speaks at USD and Dordt

Geoffrey P. Megargee, Ph.D

Geoffrey P. Megargee, Ph.D

Noted author and Holocaust expert, Geoffrey P. Megargee, Ph.D., will give presentations at University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion, and at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. The presentations are free and open to the public.

His first lecture will be at USD on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Muenster University Center Grand Ballroom. The presentation is titled “The Universe of Nazi Camps and Ghettos.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Megargee will present two lectures to be held in the Douglas and Henrietta (Miedema) Ribbens Academic Complex classroom CL1144/1148 at Dordt College.

The 4 p.m. lecture is titled “Selective Realities, Selective Memories: A Psychohistorical Analysis of the German Generals’ Postwar Recollections.” The 7:30 p.m. lecture is titled “A World Behind Wire: The Universe of Nazi Camps and Ghettos.”

His work in charting the extent of the Nazi prison camp system and as the general editor on the “Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945” has earned Megargee national attention recently from news stations, including the PBS Newshour.

Senior Applied Research Scholar in the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Megargee is the author of War of Annihilation: Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front, 1941 and Inside Hitler’s High Command. He has also been a presidential counselor for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Megargee has a B.A. from St. Lawrence University. Following stints as an army officer and in the business world, he attended San Jose State University, where he received an M.A. in European history, and Ohio State University, where he earned his Ph.D. in military history in 1998.

“This will be a powerful event that will certainly offer in-depth insight into an event from 70 years ago. But it will also be a call to action as he shows how the Holocaust still affects society and our lives today,” says Paul Fessler, Dordt College history professor.

The program is brought to northwest Iowa and southeast South Dakota by the University of South Dakota and Dordt College history departments. It is co-sponsored by the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by the generosity of Alan Solomon, M.D.


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