Refuge Denied: St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 12:20 – 1:50, KHRCA
Scott Miller, Author and Director of Curatorial Affairs at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Dr. Susan Jacobowitz, Associate Professor of English, Queensborough Community College
Description: Scott Miller, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the United States Holocaust MemorialMuseum, discusses his book, co-authored with Sarah Ogilvie, on the fate of the passengers of the St. Louis ship that left Nazi Germany in 1939 only to be turned away by the U.S. and Cuban governments upon arrival.
Scott Miller is the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He has worked at the Holocaust Museum since 1989. Prior to the opening of the Holocaust Museum to the public in 1993, Scott was a research historian for the museum’s Wexner Learning Center – a multimedia information center on the Holocaust. In 2001 Scott was appointed Director of the Benjamin and Vladka Meed Registry of Holocaust Survivors – the Holocaust Museum’s names-information and tracing center.
In 2006 Scott assumed his current position as Director of Curatorial Affairs, which oversees the Museum’s archival, artifact, photo, film, music and oral history collections. He co-edited with Randolph Braham The Nazis’ Last Victims: The Holocaust in Hungary (Wayne State University Press: 1998), and has co-authored with Sarah Ogilvie Refuge Denied – The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust (University of Wisconsin Press: 2006), the story of their search for the St. Louis passengers.
Scott has also taught Jewish History for the Jewish Studies Program at American University, in Washington, DC.
Susan Jacobowitz is Associate Professor of English at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York. She earned her doctorate at Brandeis University and wrote her dissertation on second-generation experience. Research areas include second-generation literature and performance art, Australian Jewish and immigrant writing, conflicts and challenges of Jewish identity and graphic texts. She has participated as a scholar in workshops and seminars at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Her scholarship has been published in Australia, the United States, Germany, Brazil, Israel and India. Dr. Jacobowitz teaches Introduction to Literature, Exploring Graphic Genres and Holocaust Literature at Queensborough.