2018-19 Rudolf Vrba Memorial Lecture: "Night without an End: Jewish Survival Strategies in Occupied Poland, 1942-1945"
The Holocaust Education Committee of the Department of History is pleased to present the 2018-19 Rudolf Vrba Memorial Lecture:
"Night without an End: Jewish Survival Strategies in Occupied Poland, 1942-45"
Speaker: Jan Grabowski, Professor of History, University of Ottawa
The Rudolf Vrba Memorial Lecture honours the memory of Dr. Rudolf Vrba, who was a distinguished medical researcher and professor of pharmacology at UBC for many decades before his death in 2006. Rudolf Vrba also played a critical role in the history of the Holocaust as one of only five Jewish prisoners who ever escaped from Auschwitz. The report written by Rudolf Vrba and his fellow-prisoner Alfred Wetzler following their escape in 1944 was the first eyewitness report about what was happening inside Auschwitz. It is considered a foundational document for understanding the facts about the Holocaust.
About the Presenter
Prof. Jan Grabowski has produced over 14 monographs and more than 60 articles in various languages. His most recent book, Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland (2014), was a Yad Vashem International Book Prize winner. He will be speaking on the subject of the recent two-volume Polish work (soon to appear in English) which he co-edited with Barbara Engelking.