UNT lecture to focus on American universities' ties to Nazi Germany during the 1930s

Stephen Norwood
,Professor of history at the University of Oklahoma
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What: Entertaining Nazis: American Universities’ Shameful Relationship with Hitler’s Germany -- A lecture at the University of North Texas by Dr. Stephen H. Norwood, professor of history at the University of Oklahoma. Presented by UNT’s Jewish Studies Program.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 8 (Thursday)

Where: Room 255 of UNT’s Eagle Student Services Center, which is located at 1147 Union Circle between Avenues A and C and across from UNT’s Willis Library

Cost: Free

Contact: Dr. Richard M. Golden at 940-369-8933 or Richard.golden@unt.edu or Nanette Behning at 940-369-8172 or Nanette.behning@unt.edu

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- In 1938, after the Kristallnacht series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria, a poll revealed that almost 70 percent of U.S. college and university students opposed offering the U.S. as a haven for Jewish refugees wanting to escape the violence in Central Europe.

According to Dr. Stephen H. Norwood, professor of history at the University of Oklahoma, American universities had helped the Hitler regime enhance its image in the West from the beginning of Nazi rule. Administrators at many of these colleges and universities had warmly welcomed Nazi officials to campus and continued to have students participate in exchange programs with Nazified universities in Germany that had expelled Jewish faculty members, Norwood said.

Norwood will discuss how American universities forged friendly ties with Nazi Germany during the 1930s in a lecture at the University of North Texas Dec. 8 (Thursday). The free lecture, Entertaining Nazis: American Universities’ Shameful Relationship with Hitler’s Germany, begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 (Thursday) in Room 255 of UNT’s Eagle Student Services Center, which is located at 1147 Union Circle between Avenues A and C. Norwood’s lecture is being presented by UNT’s Jewish Studies Program.

The lecture will draw from Norwood’s 2009 book, The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Studies. In his lecture, Norwood will contrast the significant American grassroots protests against Nazism with campuses’ general indifference and university administrators’ harsh treatment of those professors and students who challenged their universities’ determination to maintain friendly relations with the Third Reich.

Norwood is also an editor of the two-volume Encyclopedia of American Jewish History with Eunice Pollack, UNT lecturer in history. The encyclopedia received a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award.

In addition to the Jewish Studies Program, Norwood’s visit to UNT is being sponsored by the UNT Departments of History and Political Science, the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and North Texas Hillel.

For more information, contact Dr. Richard M. Golden, professor of history and director of the Jewish Studies Program, at 940-369-8933 or Richard.golden@unt.edu, or Nanette Behning, administrative assistant for the Jewish Studies Program, at 940-369-8172 or Nanette.behning@unt.edu.

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