Shoah Reset: How the Victims Helped Each Other

August 25th, 2018, 1:15pm
Oshman JCC (Room will be posted when you arrive)
Prof. Arthur Shostak

Since 1945, Shoah memorialization has focused primarily on the Horror Story – what perpetrators did TO Jewish victims. It has overlooked the Help Story – what Jewish victims tried to do FOR one another, at risk of their lives. Many victims secretly, altruistically aided both kin and strangers to survive. Motivation came from the Social Impulse (Darwin) and empowering Jewish values. We must tell the Help Story, offering inspiration, insight, and hope.

Born in 1937 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Professor Art Shostak earned his BS degree at Cornell University in 1958, and his PhD in Sociology at Princeton University in 1961. He taught first at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and later at Drexel University, both in Philadelphia. On retiring in 2003 and relocating to Alameda, Professor Shostak became a Holocaust scholar. His new book is about the non-militant heroism of European Jews from 1933 through 1945. He draws on a close read of 195 survivor memoirs, research visits to 48 Holocaust museums worldwide, and interviews with scores of survivors and academics here and abroad.

Post archive date: Saturday August 25th, 2018