Annual Commemoration of the Holocaust
Wednesday, April 11 | 7:00 pm
Please join members of Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Am Israel, Beth David Reform Congregation and Adath Israel for a solemn evening in which we remember the Shoah, Annual Commemoration of the Holocaust and the Light of the Candles for the Six Million. The observance will feature guest scholar Thomas Childers, author of a new history of the Holocaust, The Third Reich. It will be our sacred honor once more to invite Holocaust survivors, their families and descendants to join for the lighting of the Menorah for the Six Million. We will be joined as well by area clergy and choirs.
In The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, Thomas Childers shows how the young Hitler became passionately political and anti-Semitic as he lived on the margins of society. Fueled by outrage at the punitive terms of the Versailles Treaty that ended the Great War, he found his voice and drew a following.
As his views developed, Hitler attracted like-minded colleagues who formed the nucleus of the nascent Nazi party. The failed Munich putsch of 1923 and subsequent trial gave Hitler a platform for his views, which he skillfully exploited. Between 1924 and 1929 Hitler and his party languished in obscurity on the radical fringes of German politics, but the onset of the Great Depression provided Hitler the issues he needed to move into the mainstream of German political life. He seized the opportunity to blame Germany's misery on the victorious allies, the Marxists, the Jews, and big business—and the political parties that represented them.
The Third Reich charts the dramatic, improbable rise of the Nazis; the suffering of ordinary Germans under Nazi rule; and the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust. This is the most comprehensive and readable one-volume history of Nazi Germany since the classic Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
Since 1976, Professor Childers has taught in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright scholarship, the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Research Grant, a fellowship in European Studies from the American Council of Learned Societies, and a West European Studies Research Grant from Harvard University. In addition to teaching at University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Childers has held visiting professorships at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge, Smith College, and Swarthmore College, and he has lectured in London, Oxford, Berlin, Munich, and other universities in the United States and Europe. Professor Childers is the author and editor of several books on modern German history and the Second World War.