Heroes of the Holocaust
The Other Side of the Coin: The Righteous Among the Nations of the World
Presenter - Dr. Annamaria Orla-Bukowska
A sociocultural anthropologist from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, will present a program at Daemen College Sat., Nov. 8, on non-Jews in Poland and elsewhere who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Entitled “The Other Side of the Coin: The Righteous Among the Nations of the World”, the program is sponsored by the Daemen College History and Politics Speaker Series and the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo with support from the Daemen College Polish Studies Program and the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College.
The presenter, Dr. Annamaria Orla-Bukowska, is a native of Chicago who attended graduate school in Poland so that she could study first-hand the relations between Christians and Jews there in the 20th and 21st centuries. After receiving her doctorate from Jagiellonian in 1995, she joined the faculty at that university.
Dr. Orla-Bukowska believes that her discussion of the Holocaust will be unique because she will focus on altruistic behaviors. “’Evil’ being more attractive than ‘good’ as a topic, it has been the former upon which emphasis has been laid in not only Holocaust historiography, but also in social science research, as well as in best-selling books, weekly television, and feature films”, she explained.
“Rather than another lesson on human cruelty”, her talk will offer “a more proactive example of human behavior”. The Righteous among the Nations of the World “are far less known than the war criminals of the Holocaust.” “More significantly for Poland and other postwar Soviet Bloc states, many of these individuals remained unswerving and continued to fight totalitarianism.”
The program will begin at 6 pm and will be held in the Wick Center, Alumni Lounge, 4380 Main Street, Amherst. It is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Kier Wise at firstname.lastname@example.org.