Professor or Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski was recently quoted in an online article of Connections, the Nazareth College alumni magazine. Dobkowski, who is HWS’ coordinator for The March: Bearing Witness to Hope, a nine-day Holocaust educational trip to Poland and Germany for students and faculty from Nazareth and HWS, was in the audience at Nazareth recently during a discussion with author and Holocaust survivor Henry Silberstern. The article is available online. The summer-fall issue of Connections also includes a link.
“We know the Holocaust is an example of the negative power of words,” Dobkowski is quoted, adding that Silberstern’s book counters that. “This is the positive power of words.”
A member of the faculty since 1976, Dobkowski is an expert on genocide, terrorism and the Holocaust. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from New York University. A prolific writer, he has written “The Tarnished Dream: The Basis of American Anti-Semitism,” “The Politics of Indifference: Documentary History of Holocaust Victims in America,” “Jewish American Voluntary Organizations” and co-authored “Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear States & Terrorism” and “On the Edge of Scarcity.” He has co-written other volumes on the Holocaust and genocide, and also co-wrote “The Nuclear Predicament: Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century.”
During the fall of 2011, Dobkowski served as a visiting professor at Nazareth College, where he taught Jewish thought, the history and implications of the Holocaust, the American Jewish experience, and the history of anti-Semitism.
He has participated seven times in the Goldner (now Weinstein) Holocaust Symposium at Wroxton College in England, most recently in 2014; and was a fellow at the Institute for the Teaching of the Post-Biblical Foundations of Western Civilization at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received the New York University Ferdinand Czernin Prize in History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.