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OWL Monday Scholars

OWL Monday Scholars
Stephen’s Story & History of Hitler’s Empire

Mondays, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
December 4, 11, 18 and
January 8, 15, 22, 29
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Facilitated by Patricia Moore, Monday Scholars is a weekly series that meets in the library’s Jamie Gagarin Community Room. Each week, a new lecture topic is watched and then discussed by all who attend. All you need to do is come ready to engage your mind and participate in discussion. Registration Required. 

Stephen’s Story: Living Through the Holocaust:
Stephen Breuer’s film recalling his experience living through the Holocaust. He was born in a small city outside Budapest, Hungry. When Stephen was a young boy, the Nazis invaded Hungary and he and his family were interned in a camp. While this is the story of one young man and his family, it echoes the experiences of millions of others. It is a personal story that helps illuminate the stories of many. Stephen Breuer now lives in Lancaster, England, and is a retired Chemistry Professor from the University of Lancaster. 

History of Hitler’s Empire is a six-week course designed by Professor Thomas Childers. Adolf Hitler was surely the greatest enemy modern civilization ever faced. Over half a century later, the horror and fascination still linger. In this course, we will attempt to answer questions such as, how could a man like Adolf Hitler and a movement like Nazism come to power in 20th-century Germany, an industrially developed country with a highly educated population? How were the Nazis able to establish the foundations of a totalitarian regime in such a short time and hurl all of Europe and the world into a devastating war that would consume so many millions of lives?
And the answers lead us to other questions: Who voted for the Nazis and why? How did the Nazis campaign? What did they seem to stand for? Why was there apparently so little resistance to them? How were Nazis able to seize control of the press, radio, courts, and police with so little trouble? Can it happen again? 

About the Professor:
Dr. Thomas Childers is Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been teaching for over 25 years. He is also a popular lecturer abroad in London, Berlin and Munich. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. 

Professor Childers is the author and editor of several books on modern German history and the Second World War. He is currently completing a trilogy on the Second World War.

About the Co-Facilitator:
Bibby Veerman has lived in Litchfield for twenty years and is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she was an Etherington Scholar. She is an active member of the League of Women Voters and the Women’s Forum of Litchfield. Stephen Breuer is Bibby’s brother-in-law.





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