The featured speaker for the 2014 Yom Hashoah commemoration to be held at the Virginia Holocaust Museum on Sunday, April 27, 2014 will be Professor Wendy Lower, currently John K. Roth Professor of History at Claremont-McKenna College in Claremont, California. Professor Lower is the author of a number of books and articles about the history of the Holocaust. Her most recent work, Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, New York: Houghton – Mifflin, 2013, is a finalist entry for the National Book Award in history.
Widely hailed as an original and landmark work in historical writing devoted to the Holocaust, and as a pioneering study opening a whole new area in women’s studies, Hitler’s Furies documents in profile the careers of several young women, who stand as examples for hundreds of thousands of young German women—nurses, Gestapo secretaries and stenographers, telephone operators, administrative assistants, drivers, clerks, and officer managers who went to work in the German-occupied territories of eastern Europe and became perpetrators as accessories working alongside and behind their male counterparts, the German soldiers, policemen and Waffen SS troops who carried out the murderous policies of the Nazi regime in the mass killings of Jews in Poland, Belarus, and the Ukraine. Previously, Professor Lower became an internationally known scholar through the publication of her first book, Nazi Empire Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine, published in 2005 by the University of North Carolina Press at Chapel Hill. Further details about Professor Lower’s appearance at the Virginia Holocaust Museum and her itinerary while in Richmond will be placed on the Museums’ website and in its publications in the coming months.