UNH Lecture Explores Role of Women in Nazi Germany

Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations

Oct. 6, 2003

DURHAM, N.H. – The Endowed Fund for Holocaust Education at the University of New Hampshire will host the second annual Hans Heilbronner Lecture Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003. Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Chair in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, will speak at 4 p.m. in the 1925 Room of the Elliott Alumni Center. Her lecture is free and open to the public.

An associate professor of religion, Heschel will present “Does Atrocity Have a Gender? Women in the SS.” Her research areas include modern Jewish thought, feminist theology and German Protestantism. She coedited a volume of essays, “Betrayal: The German Churches and the Holocaust,” with Robert Ericksen, and is finishing work on a book called “When Jesus Was an Aryan: Protestant Theology in Nazi Germany.”

The Hans Heilbronner Lecture is named in honor of Hans Heilbronner, a retired professor of Russian history who taught at UNH for more than 30 years. He was one of the first Jewish faculty members at the university, and his family escaped Nazi Germany after his veteran father was released from a concentration camp.