Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski will present a lecture on “Polish Responses to the Holocaust” on Wednesday, Feb. 8, as a part of Nazareth College’s photographic exhibit, “Polish Heroes: Those Who Rescued the Jews.”
Dobkowski’s lecture will focus on rethinking Polish-Jewish relations during the Holocaust. Specifically, since the literature of the Holocaust tells us a great deal about the perpetrators and the victims, Dobkowski will illuminate the role of the bystanders who made up the majority of the population in Poland as well as throughout Europe, and the rescuers who helped save tens of thousands of Jews.
The photographic exhibition pays tribute to individuals honored as Righteous Among the Nations by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Israel, paying special attention to more than 6,000 Polish recipients. Comprised of 21 portrait photographs by the late photographer and Founder/Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum, Chris Schwarz, the exhibition focuses on the recipients who all live in the Kraków region of Poland today.
A member of the faculty since 1976, Dobkowski is an expert on genocide, terrorism and the Holocaust. He holds bachelor, 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 five times in the Goldner Holocaust Symposium at Wroxton College in England, most recently in 2010; 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.
The lecture will take place at 6 p.m. in the Otto A. Shults Center Forum at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. The exhibit is free and open to the public seven days a week from 8 a.m. to midnight starting Monday, Jan. 23 until Sunday, Feb. 19.