January 9th through February 10th, 2023
January 9th 5:30 pm
Southerners and the Holocaust
Dr. Dan Puckett, Troy University
Presentation will emphasize the theme Americans and the
Holocaust by examining even more closely Hattiesburg and the South’s reaction. In his book, A Story of Jewish Experience in Mississippi, Leon Waldoff describes how in the 1930s and 40s Rabbi Arthur Brodey addressed the world situation to Hattiesburg’s Temle B’Nai Israel congregation. Puckett will use Waldoff’s book as a basis for a retelling of how Brodey (and perhaps other Southern Jews) viewed what the Nazis were doing in Europe.
January 10th 5:30 pm
The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz and a Village Caught In Between
Book Club Discussion
Drawing on previously unpublished letters, diaries, interviews,
and visa records, Michael Dobbs provides an illuminating account of America's response to the refugee crisis of the 1930s and 1940s. He describes the deportation of German Jews to France in October 1940, along with their continuing quest for American visas. And he re-creates the heated debates among U.S. officials over whether or not to admit refugees amid growing concerns about "fifth columnists," at a time when the American public was deeply isolationist, xenophobic, and antisemitic.
January 19th 5:30 pm
Examining Genocide Through the Lens of the Holocaust
Dr. Donald Berry, Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust & Human Rights Education
What do Americans know about genocide? Join us as Dr.
Donald Berry draws from 30 years of Holocaust and genocide teaching at the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education Berry will explore the topic in-depth by discussing key elements of the UN genocide convention. He will also examine the efforts of Raphael Lemkin to define the crime and put legislation in place, and give a brief overview of US involvement in genocides throughout history.
January 21st 2:00 pm
Jojo Rabbit, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German
boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. In spite of his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo confronts his blind nationalism.
January 25th 5:30 pm
What We Were Watching: Americans' Responses to Nazism Through Cinema, Radio & Media
Dr. Dave Davies, The University of Southern Mississippi
Presentation will examine media coverage during the Holocaust and attempt to narrow that perspective down to Mississippi media coverage. The presentation will show that the media downplayed or ignored early signs of the Holocaust, a situation which contributed to the American
government's delay in addressing it.
January 28th 2:00 pm
In post-World War II Germany, a small boy who survived Auschwitz wanders alone -- feral, mute and terrified. He finds a makeshift home with a big-hearted GI, while the mother he does not remember searches desperately for him.
February 1st 5:30 pm
From Swastika to Jim Crow
Before and during World War II Jewish scholars who escaped Nazi Germany and immigrated to the U.S. were confronted with antisemitism at major universities and a public distrust of foreigners. A surprising number secured teaching positions at historically African American colleges in the South. In many cases they formed lasting relationships with their students and had
an important impact on the communities in which they lived. This is a story of two cultures, each sharing a burden of oppression, brought together by the tragic circumstances of war.
February 4th 2:00 pm
Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you're wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo whose only hope is Rick Blaine, a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one, especially Victor's wife Ilsa, the ex-lover who broke his heart. Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more - personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance.
February 6th 6:00pm
Disability & The Holocaust
Scholars from USHMM, University of New York, & Webster University
Moderated by The University of Southern Mississippi
This program will be presented in-person at the Library as well as online. Click here for online access information.
February 7th 5:30 pm
Refugees: A Historical Overview
Dr. Andrew Wiest, The University of Southern Mississippi
Examines refugees throughout history.
This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of lead sponsor Jeannie & Jonathan Lavine. Additional major funding was provided by the Bildners— Joan & Allen z”l, Elisa Spungen & Rob, Nancy & Jim; and Jane and Daniel Och.
The Museum’s exhibitions are also supported by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.
This program was made possible, in part, with support from an Anonymous Donor (To Honor All Those Who Were Lost); The Friends of The Library; Landry Lewis Germany Architects; Montague, Pittman & Varnado, PA and Palmer Electric Inc.