Beorn to speak on the Holocaust in Coe presentation

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2014-03-17 14:16:41 - General

Historian Waitman Beorn will speak on his new book “Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus" in an upcoming lecture at Coe College. The presentation will be held on Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. It is free and open to the public.

In the book, Beorn explores the participation of the German Army in the Holocaust in the occupied Soviet Union during World War II. He explains how the Wehrmacht became so deeply complicit in the Nazi genocidal project as well as what that involvement actually looked like on the ground.

Beorn is the inaugural Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He also serves as the executive director of the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Education Fund Board. It is through a desire to understand and explain how seemingly ordinary individuals can become killers that drives Beorn's research in Holocaust and genocide studies.

Beorn received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. An Army veteran, Beorn served as a tank platoon leader before deploying to Iraq in 2003 as a scout platoon leader and later assistant squadron operations officer.

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