Amid a surge of antisemitic incidents more than 75 years after the Holocaust, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will be presenting its forthcoming Facebook Live virtual event on unpacking the motivations (like racism, conspiracy theories and antisemitic myths) of people who join extremist groups then and now, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 9:30 a.m. ET.
The discussion is part of the Museum’s innovative and award-winning Stay Connected series. Topics that will be discussed:
- Antisemitism is prejudice against or hatred of Jews. The Holocaust, the state-sponsored persecution and murder of European Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, is history’s most extreme example of antisemitism. Violent antisemitism and hatred did not end with the defeat of Nazi Germany. Today, hate crimes are spiking; antisemitism and racism abound and extremist groups that were once on the fringe are inching their way into the mainstream.
- Historical example: Personal grievances and hardship drove nurse Pauline Kneissler to become a member of the Nazi Party in 1937. Peer pressure eventually influenced her to kill on behalf of the German government. She said she had “no moral reservations.” Nurses initially played a supporting role in the murders, undressing patients and taking them to the gas chamber. Doctors usually facilitated the gassings. But over time, the nurses gave the lethal doses of medication. Pauline is believed to have murdered several hundred patients.
- The Museum is greatly concerned about the alarming worldwide rise in antisemitism. This unique hatred has manifested itself in societies around the globe and presents a serious danger to Jews and others as well. This seven-minute film explains how antisemitic violence and Holocaust denial are a threat to liberal society today
More info on the Facebook Live event is here.