Kenneally Lecture in Jewish-Christian Relations Explores Holocaust Protest and Defiance

August 13, 2014


Dr. Wolf Gruner

Dr. Wolf Gruner, director of the Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the University of Southern California, will be the featured guest at Stonehill’s Kenneally Lecture. Gruner’s talk, “Protest and Defiance. Unknown Jewish and Non-Jewish Reactions to Nazi Persecution in Germany,” will take place on Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin Institute.  All are welcome to attend.

In addition to his scholarship on the Holocaust, Gruner’s research interests include genocide, mass violence and state discrimination against indigenous populations, especially in Latin America. He has been the Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Southern California since 2008. Prior to his appointments at USC, he was co-editor and researcher at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte Munich-Berlin in Germany from 2005-2007.

He is the author of ten books on the Holocaust, including: Jewish Forced Labor under the Nazis. Economic Needs and Nazi Racial Aims; Resistance in the Rosenstrasse; and his latest release Memorial site. Rosenstrasse 2-4: Internment and protest in Nazi Germany.

Gruner’s book, The Greater German Reich and the Jews, was honored as one of the most outstanding German studies in humanities and social science in 2012. The English translation of the book will be published in January 2015.

Since 2012 he has been a member of the International Academic Advisory board of the Center for the Research on the Holocaust in Germany at Yad Vashem´s International Institute for Holocaust Research. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Genocide Research since 2010 and a member of the Academic Advisory Council for the Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History at USC since 2008.

About the Annual James J. Kenneally Lecture

The Stonehill Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Committee was founded in 1993 following a program on the Holocaust at the College. Recognizing the need for greater understanding and dialogue between Christians and Jews, Stonehill History Professor James J. Kenneally invited interested individuals from the College and surrounding areas to join together to promote interfaith dialogue. The Committee serves to educate the public about the Jewish and Catholic faiths.

On March 20, 2002, the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Committee honored its founder and former chair, Dr. James J. Kenneally, by naming the annual lecture in his name. Professor of History Rev. Kevin Spicer, C.S.C. '87 chairs the committee.