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A scholar shares his studies.

David Engel, a well-respected professor and multi-published author, will present “In the Shadows of Auschwitz: The Experience of Polish Jews under Nazi Occupation” at Queensborough Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 12:10 p.m.

Engle, who chairs New York University’s Hebrew & Judaic Studies Department, will offer details on his extensive research of the Holocaust in Poland, sharing basic facts and exploring the motives and means behind the systematic murder of an estimated 6 million European Jews between 1933 and 1945.

Admission is free, but registration is encouraged.

Presented at the Bayside college’s Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center, this lecture is part of an ongoing Seminar Study series that strives to present straightforward analysis of the Holocaust. As such, Engel will offer his responses to the following questions: Why did the governments of Germany and other countries think that Jews had to die? How did they convince government employees to carry out their plans? Could the Holocaust have been prevented or limited?

Engel holds a doctorate in history from UCLA and completed postdoctoral study at Hebrew University’s Division of Holocaust Studies. He has written “The Holocaust: The Third Reich and the Jews” and “Facing a Holocaust: The Polish Government-in-Exile and the Jews, 1943-1945” among other titles.

The Kupferberg Holocaust Center is a research and teaching wing of Queensborough’s History Department. It was established in 1983 by the Kuperberg family, founders of the Flushing-based electrical equipment manufacturer Kepco Inc., to use the lessons of the Holocaust to fight racism. Currently, the center’s facility consists of a 9,000 square-foot building with exhibition spaces, a 6,000-volume library, and a multi-faceted collection related to the experiences of local Holocaust survivors and their descendants.

Image: Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center

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