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September 15, 2010
8:00 PM, Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge (Room 338)
SERGE KLARSFELD: A JEWISH FIGHTER FOR MEMORY
A lecture by
Henry Rousso, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
Serge Klarsfeld is a figure associated with the ?Vichy Syndrome,?  
France's continuing obsession with collaboration during the years of  
Nazi domination. With his wife Beate, Klarsfeld has become  
internationally renowned.. He has been, simultaneously, a lawyer with  
only one interest, a historian with only one topic, and an activist  
for only one cause: recognition and reparation of the crimes committed  
against the Jews of France during the Holocaust. Thanks to Klarsfeld,  
several Nazi war criminals and French accomplices have been convicted  
in Germany and in France. Thanks to him, we have a better knowledge of  
the victims, their names, and their faces. Thanks to him, the French  
government has changed its official interpretation of the Vichy  
regime. How have such achievements been possible by a single person  
who never held a prominent position, and in a country where nothing  
can be done without a solid connection to the government? What have  
been his motives, his methods, and his strategies? To what extent has  
he been a representative of his times, and to what extent a catalyst  
for change in the way French society deals with its past?

Henry Rousso is Senior Researcher at the Institut d'histoire du temps  
présent (CNRS, Paris) and professor at the University of Paris-Ouest  
Nanterre. He coordinates the European Network on Contemporary history  
(EURHISTXX). He has published: The Vichy Syndrome. History and Memory  
in France since 1944 (1987 & 1991); Vichy, An Ever-Present Past, with  
E. Conan (1994 & 1998); The Haunting Past. History, Memory, and  
Justice in France (1998 & 2002); Stalinism and Nazism (Ed.) (1999 &  
2004); Vichy. L?Événement, la mémoire, l?histoire (2001); Le dossier  
Lyon III. Le racisme et le négationnisme ŕ l?université Jean-Moulin  
(2004); Le Régime de Vichy (2007), Das Vichy-Regime in Geschichte,  
Erinnerung und Recht (Göttingen: 2010). He is currently writing a  
biography of Serge Klarsfeld.

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Alan E. Steinweis
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The Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies
The University of Vermont
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