Talk: "Persecution in the Name of Protection: How Czech Fascists, Prague Bureaucrats and Local Police Helped Build the Nazi ‘Ghetto without Walls’" by Dr. Benjamin Frommer
Thu, February 20, 2014 • 7:00 PM • MEZ B0.306
Before the Jews of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia were deported to enclosed ghettos, they were subjected to a growing regime of repressive sanctions that deprived them of their civic rights and separated them from majority society. The list of sanctions was exhaustive, from prohibitions on entering restaurants, parks, and other public spaces, to limits on shopping and the use of public transportation. Nazi leaders in Prague and in regional centers provided the impetus for many measures, but they did not act alone. In the first years of the occupation Czech fascists, Prague bureaucrats and local police played critical roles in building the invisible "ghetto without walls" that restricted and isolated the region’s Jews and helped pave the way for their subsequent deportation. This lecture will discuss the local contribution to the development, implementation and enforcement of anti-‐ Semitic measures in occupied Bohemia and Moravia.
Dr. Benjamin Frommer (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1999), Director of the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence (Associate Professor), is a historian of twentieth-‐century Central and Eastern Europe. Frommer has received the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award (2007) and held the Wayne V. Jones Research Professorship in History (2010-‐2012).
Funded by the Czech Chair Endowment.