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Hilberg’s Legacy Focus of Berlin Conference

Raul Hilberg
Photograph by Owen Stayner


Hilberg’s Legacy Focus of Berlin Conference

Professor Raul Hilberg’s place in Holocaust scholarship continues to endure long beyond his thirty-five-year career on the UVM faculty and death in 2007. An October conference in Berlin, Germany, brought together many of the world’s top historians and Holocaust scholars to consider Hilberg’s transformative work.

The intent of the academic gathering was “to provide an impetus by not only examining the pathways of this exceptional scientist from the academic outsider to the globally acknowledged doctrine of Holocaust research, but also examine his academic and personal networks as well as the history of his work.”

Hilberg was one of the first scholars to study the Nazi genocide of Jews during World War II. His exhaustive research and documentation informed his 1961 book, The Destruction of the European Jews, regarded as a milestone in Holocaust research.

UVM’s Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies was among the co-sponsors of the conference. UVM faculty continuing Hilberg’s legacy at the university and helping lead the discussion in Berlin included Jonathan Huener, Frank Nicosia, Susanna Schrafstetter, and Alan Steinweis.


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