Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33965
Dr Paul Bartrop
Office: (239) 590-7239
On March 19, 1944, the Nazis marched into and occupied Hungary, precipitating one of the most intense periods of genocidal destruction of the Holocaust. By the time the deportations of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz and other locations had been brought to an end, no fewer than 540,000 Jews had been murdered.
The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University is hosting an international conference to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of the Holocaust in Hungary in 1944. The conference will take place Sunday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 18 at Cohen Center, Rooms 213 and 214. The conference is free and open to the public.
The conference features 50 scholars from a wide variety of disciplines and countries to explore key issues and recent research relating to the Holocaust in Hungary, as well as to contribute to ongoing discussions on this event.
The papers include such topics as the history of Hungarian Jewry before 1944, fascist movements in Hungary before and during World War II, antisemitism in Hungary before and during the Holocaust, resistance and rescue attempts (in particular relating to such famous figures as Raoul Wallenberg and Carl Lutz, but also lesser-known rescuers), representations of the Holocaust in film and literature, and many other areas.
The primary purpose of the conference is to educate students and members of the public to an area that has not had the full recognition it deserves in Holocaust memory, and in so doing to contribute to our understanding of the event not only as an historical event but also with regard to its ramifications for today.