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Holocaust Awareness Institute

Promoting Holocaust awareness and education in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region

The Holocaust Awareness Institute (HAI) promotes Holocaust awareness and education in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

The Institute works within the Jewish community, the University of Denver and with people of all faiths and cultures to explore the meaning of the Shoah and its lessons for future generations.

The Holocaust Awareness Institute is a campus and community resource for coursework, teacher trainings, education materials and programming and is a leading agent in the region for promoting education about the Holocaust and related ethical and social justice issues.


"Abide: Endure. Sustain. Live On." An Uncommon Exhibit of Photographic Survivor Portraits by Wayne Armstrong (DU Photographer) at the Mizel Museum, in partnership with HAI's Survivors Speakers Bureau.

The 2018 fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture

From Witness to Perpetrator: 
The Active Role of Nazi Women in the Holocaust

A conversation with Prof. Wendy Lower of Claremont McKenna College & 
Prof. Adam Rovner of the University of Denver

"500,000 women had front-row seats to the Final Solution . . . and yet their presence, and their atrocities, have been largely ignored for the last 70 years"

- LA Review of Books

After WWII, many complicit women were excused for their roles entirely; lawyers argued, and judges agreed, that Nazi women could not be held accountable for the crimes of the men around them.

In her important book, Prof. Wendy Lower (John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow and Director of Mgrublian Center for Human Rights; Claremont McKenna College) questions this historical narrative not only by uncovering historical details that have often been overlooked, but by inviting us to question the line between individuals and their societies, as well as the line between witnesses, bystanders, accomplices, and perpetrators:

Aren't Nazi women culpable for standing by as witnesses, taking lives, and serving as accomplices? Lower fills an historical gap by answering "yes" to this question.

"Genocide," Lower argues, "is also women's business."

lowerJoin us for an in-depth conversation with Prof. Lower on these and other topics as we discuss her acclaimed book, Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields.

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Elaine Wolf Theatre, MACC at the JCC
350 S. Dahlia St. Denver, CO 80246

Kosher dessert reception to follow
In partnership with the 11th Annual Neustadt JAAMM Festival


 Tickets are now on sale! Click here to reserve your seats today. $18 for adults; Free tickets available for students, educators & Holocaust survivors by calling 303-316-6360

Email the Holocaust Awareness Institute at [email protected] for more information.