University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Center for Holocaust Studies

Monday, March 09, 2015, 7:00 PM, Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338)

On the Margins of the Holocaust: Hunting Down the Jews in Poland

Jan Grabowski University of Ottawa


On the Margins of the Holocaust: Hunting Down the Jews in Poland

Jan Grabowski, University of Ottawa

Born in Warsaw, Poland, Professor Jan Grabowski obtained his M.A. in history from the University of Warsaw in 1986 and his Ph.D. in history from Université de Montréal in 1994. He has taught at the University of Ottawa since 1993, and has also held guest appointments at universities in France, Israel, Poland, and the United States. In 2011 Professor Grabowski was named the Baron Friedrich Carl von Oppenheim Chair for the Study of Racism, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Authority in Jerusalem. Professor Grabowski's most recent book, Hunt for the Jews. Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland, published by Indiana University Press in 2013, has been awarded the 2014 Yad Vashem International Book Prize.

Lecture description:

Based on his most recent book, Professor Grabowski's lecture will focus on how Polish Jews who had survived the ghettos and deportations to the death camps were killed as a result of betrayal by their Polish neighbors. Using largely untapped Polish, Jewish, and German sources, he will show how this stage of the killing process in one Polish county relied on the cooperation of the local population, and how that cooperation was based on hatreds inherited from previous generations as well as opportunities provided by the Nazi occupiers.