Words with… Professor Wendy Lower, author of ‘The Ravine: A family, a photograph, a Holocaust massacre revealed’

  • Wed 2 Feb 22

    18:00 - 19:30

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Holocaust Memorial Week

  • Event organiser

    Corporate events

  • Contact details

    Holly Ward

Please join us for our online ‘Words with…’ event with acclaimed historian Professor Wendy Lower. Professor Lower will talk about her book ‘The Ravine’ which explores an exceptionally rare image documenting the horrific final moment of the murder of a family during the Holocaust.  

Words with… Professor Wendy Lower, author of ‘The Ravine: A family, a photograph, a Holocaust massacre revealed’

The terrible mass shootings in Poland and the Ukraine are often neglected in studies of the Holocaust, because the perpetrators were meticulously careful to avoid leaving any evidence of their actions. Professor Lower stumbled across one such piece of evidence – a photograph documenting the shooting of a mother and her children and the men who killed them – and has crafted a forensically brilliant and moving study that brings the larger horror of the genocide into focus.

Following the talk, Dr Joanna Rzepa from the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies will be ‘in conversation’ with Professor Lower about her research for ‘The Ravine’ and our audience will have a chance to ask questions.

Please register in advance for this event on Zoom

Professor Wendy Lower

Professor Lower is the John K. Roth Professor of History and Director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. Her research and teaching focus on the history of Germany and Ukraine in World War II, the Holocaust, women’s history, human rights, and genocide studies. She is a National Book Award and National Jewish Book Award finalist for her work Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields and previously served as the acting director of the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Photo was taken while Professor Lower was researching the book, in Miropol, July 2016.

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