BC Holocaust Conference


Hitler’s Mein Kampf: Prelude to the Holocaust

A Yom HaShoah Commemoration

April 25-26, 2019





Thursday, April 25, 2019

7:00 p.m.

Opening Session

Opening: Conference Co-Organizer Prof. John J. Michalczyk

Welcome: On behalf of the University : Vice Provost for Faculties Billy Soo

Chair: Susan A. Michalczyk (Boston College)

Michael Bryant: “Intimations of Genocide in Mein Kampf

Karla Schoenbeck: ”Focus Landsberg: A Bavarian Town and Its History Tied to Hitler”

Wolfgang Hauck: Exhibit—From Vilnius to Landsberg

Friday, April 26, 2019

8:30 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Consul General (tent)

9:00 a.m. 

Keynote Address

Magnus Brechtken: "Mein Kampf -: The Critical Edition in Historical Perspective:"   

Othmar Plöckinger: "Mein Kampf: Part of the Right-winged German Post-war Literature"



Chair:  Michael Bryant

David Crowe:”Mein Kampf and  the Evolution of the Nazi Concept of Jewish Bolshevism”

Melanie Murphy:  “Marxism: Enemy of the People”

Richard A. Koenigsberg: “Hitler as the Robert Koch of Germany”

12:00 p.m.


1:15 p.m.


Chair: Donald Fishman (Boston College)

Martin Menke: “Traces of Catholicism in Mein Kampf

James Bernauer, SJ: “Jesuits, Jews and Holocaust Remembrance”

Nathan Stoltzfus: “Political Violence in Mein Kampf: Hitler’s Tactics for Gaining and Exercising Power”

3:30 p.m.


Chair: Sabine von Mering (Brandeis University)

Ralf Gawlick:   “Art and Its Perversion”

Paul Bookbinder: “The Nature of ‘The People/Volk’ and Qualities of a Leader to Help Create the Holocaust.”

Tetyana Kloubert: “Holocaust Education and (Early) Signs of the Erosion of Democracy”

5:00 p.m.


Boston College Hillel

German Exhibit: “The Holocaust from Vilnius to Landsberg”

Book Exhibit: Sponsored by the Library of Social Science


SPONSORS: Bryant University, Center for German and European Studies (Brandeis University),Institute for the Liberal Arts, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, BC Law School /Holocaust Project, Jewish Studies Program, Film Studies Program, Woods College of Advancing Studies, Jacques Salmanowitz Program, German Studies Department, Office of International Programs, Music Department, Winston Center, Scituate Rotary Club, Faith, Peace and Justice Program, BC Hillel, Art, Art History and Film Department, Library of Social Science, Woods College of Advancing Studies, Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics, International Studies