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.

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