Symposium on the Sobibor Perpetrator Collection
Monday, October 5, 2020
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This day-long symposium will bring together scholars from the US and Europe to discuss the Sobibor Perpetrator Collection, which was recently acquired by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The collection provides an unprecedented view into the operations of Sobibor, showing the topography of the killing center in new and vivid detail and illuminating interactions among the camp’s SS staff, auxiliary guards, perpetrators’ wives, and local civilians.
Participants will address the new insights the collection affords into the workings of Sobibor and the wider networks of perpetrators that spanned the so-called Euthanasia Program, other concentration camps, and Operation Reinhard in the implementation of the Final Solution, and discuss the implications of the collection for research and teaching about the Holocaust.
Information on the collection is available here.
This program is free and open to the public. Further information about the program will be available at www.ushmm.org/sobibor-symposium in early summer.
This symposium has been made possible by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Bildungswerk Stanisław Hantz, and the Ludwigsburg Research Center at the University of Stuttgart.
The organizers thank Semyon Rosenfeld and Selma Engel for their invaluable contributions to the research on the Sobibor Perpetrator Collection. This program is dedicated to them.