Dordt College News

Holocaust expert, encyclopedia writer speaks at USD and Dordt

October 22, 2013

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

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

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

Megargee’s 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 national attention recently from news stations, including PBS’ “Newshour.”

Megargee is the Senior Applied Research scholar in the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He 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. He received his M.A. in European history from San Jose State University and a Ph.D. in military history from The Ohio State University following stints as an army officer and in the business world.

“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 and is co-sponsored by the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, which is supported by the generosity of Dr. Alan Solomon, M.D.

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