Dr. Hilary Earl, a History professor from Nipissing University in Ontario, Canada, will visit Holy Family University on Wednesday, April 18 to speak about the Holocaust. Her lecture is entitled "The Biggest Murder Trial in History: The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial and the Banality of Evil." The event will take place in the ETC Auditorium at 6:30 pm.
Earl’s lecture will focus on the postwar trials of the members of the Nazi death squads that were tasked with murdering the Jewish population of Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and other non-Jewish civilians, and the ways in which seemingly normal people can come to participate in truly evil acts.
“This is part of the larger Holocaust initiative that I've been leading on campus this year, which included a trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and my WWII course that I taught last semester,” said Dr. Madigan Fichter, Assistant Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences. “I also took a group of students and faculty to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau during the study abroad trip to Eastern Europe over spring break. This is all part of a teaching grant that I received from the Holocaust Educational Foundation, and to which Holy Family's School of Arts and Sciences also generously added.”
Fichter was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University in August 2017.
Earl specializes in modern European history, specifically about Germany, international legal history regarding prosecuting genocide and war crimes trials, and has research interests focusing on the Holocaust, war crimes trials, perpetrator history and testimony, and comparative genocide. She is the author of The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945-1958: Atrocity Law and History, published by Cambridge University Press in 2009, which was presented the Hans Rosenberg Book Prize by the Conference Group fest book in Central European History of the American Historical Association.
She has taught courses on genocide, fascism, the Holocaust, and the Third Reich, among many others.
The event is free and open to the public.