ANN: Conference: The Police and the Holocaust: The Role of Police Forces in the Genocide of Jews and Roma | May 30-31, 2018, Guatemala City, Guatemala

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The Police and the Holocaust: The Role of Police Forces in the Genocide of Jews and Roma

May 30-31, 2018 | Guatemala City, Guatemala

Co-organizers: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Yahad - In Unum, and the Museo del Holocausto Guatemala

This conference brings together scholars to address the role of the police in the Holocaust, particularly in the organized murder of Jews and Roma. The Nazi state and their allies involved police at every stage of the genocidal process, from the arrest and looting of the victims to their deportation and killing. During Nazi occupation, non-German police units—some already in existence, some newly created—performed a range of key functions in pursuit of German goals, but also based on their own interests. Participants will address how and why the police—as an executive agency of the state as well as an organized group of decision-making individuals—took part in the genocidal process across Europe, and examine the extent of their participation in different countries and contexts.

The conference agenda is available at ushmm.org/police-holocaust-conference

The conference is free and open to the public. Simultaneous translation between Spanish and English will be provided. Please register here.

This conference will take place under the patronage of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and has been made possible by the generosity of the Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and by Yahad-In Unum and the Museo del Holocausto Guatemala.