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William H. Donat Shoah Commemoration: Distinguished Lecturer, Peter Hayes
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
United States of America
Room Number: Thomas J. Burke Lounge
Building Number: Spellman Hall
Despite the outpouring of books, movies, museums, memorials, and courses devoted to the Holocaust, a coherent explanation of why such ghastly carnage erupted from the heart of the civilized Europe in the twentieth century still seems elusive. As witness to the Holocaust, it becomes that much more important to unravel what happened and to educate a new generation about the horrors inflicted by the Nazi regime.
William H. Donat Shoah Commemoration with Distinguished Lecturer, Peter Hayes
"Why? Explaining the Holocaust"
Peter Hayes (Ph.D., Yale, 1982) specializes in the histories of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and, in particular, in the conduct of the nation’s largest corporations during the Third Reich. He taught at Northwestern for thirty-six years from 1980 to 2016, in the process winning the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award, the Northwestern Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence, the University’s highest honor for teaching. His alma mater, Bowdoin College, also has honored him with its Distinguished Bowdoin Educator Award. The recipient of numerous research fellowships and a former member of the academic boards of several professional societies and Holocaust memorial sites, Prof. Hayes currently serves as the chair of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
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