Consul General Drautz Attends Holocaust Studies Lecture at UCLA
Enlarge image Honorary Consul of Lithuania Daiva Navareette, author Timothy Synder, Consul General of Poland Joanna Kozinska Frybes and Consul General Wolfgang Drautz at UCLA. (© courtesy Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania) Consul General Wolfgang Drautz attended The "1939" Club Lecture in Holocaust Studies by Timothy Synder entitled “Bloodlands: The Holocaust as European History” at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on March 5.
Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University, whose most recent book, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, a history of Nazi and Soviet mass killings on the lands between Berlin and Moscow, is a New York Times bestseller, provided an account of the Holocaust which, while preserving its specificity, anchored it historically in its time and place.
The event was sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and The “1939” Club, which took its name from the year when Hitler invaded Poland and changed the lives of its members forever. Based in Los Angeles, The Club is one of the largest and most active Holocaust survivors organizations in the world. Dedicated to Holocaust education, documentation and justice, The Club established the first chair on Holocaust studies at a United States university at UCLA . The Chair is under the direction of UCLA Emeritus Professor of History Saul Friedlander.
After the well-attended lecture, a lively discussion followed. Several of The Club’s Holocaust survivors, personally known to the Consulate General, also spoke about their own experiences during the Holocaust.
Cosponsors of the event included the UCLA Department of History, UCLA Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, UCLA Department of Germanic Languages, and the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies.