Collaboration and Complicity: The scholarship on the Holocaust has increasingly transitioned from focusing exclusively on the perpetrators of violence against the Jewish population towards the enablers of Nazi policy and genocidal aims, which include complicity and collaboration on a massive scale. Such a theme is imperative in understanding the complexities of the Holocaust as it raises accountability not only to individual bystanders who remained passive or complicit as the Reich started to implement genocidal policies but to larger institutions such as the governments of occupied territories in Europe, the larger international community, and institutions that were designed to protect vulnerable populations, such as the Red Cross. Moreover, the role that individuals played as either rescuers or collaborators spotlights the potential regular civilians can play in terms of either resisting forces of evil or enabling its expansion. At the heart of this theme, the question of what kind of agency individuals possess as their government tilts towards authoritarianism is paramount. Complicity and collaboration will be explored through a social psychological lens by evaluating the way that dominant institutions and situational factors impacted the behaviors (or passivity) of individual bystanders and larger communities.
Collaboration and Complicity is organized as the 2017-2018 colloquium series by Dr. Azadeh Aalai of Queensborough Community College, CUNY. The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives colloquia series, initiated in the 2012 – 2013 academic year, is supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant.
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Resources for Peace Building & Conflict Resolution:
Center for Teaching Peace :http://washingtonpeacecenter.net/node/4815
Located in Washington, DC, this institution started in 1986 with the mission of getting courses on nonviolence and peace studies into schools. The founder and director is Colman McCarthy, a former writer for the Washington Post and scholar of peace studies for over 30 years. He continues to teach peace at local high schools and also teaches courses at the law schools of both American University and Georgetown, among other institutions
His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
United States Institute of Peace (USIP): http://www.usip.org/
Established by Congress in the 1980s, this institution is devoted to non-violent prevention and ways to lessen deadly conflicts. Peace building is at the heart of the mission of this institution.
Friends Committee on National Legislation: http://fcnl.org/
This is a Quaker lobby that has been advocating for peace and non-violence for decades. They also offer paid internships for college graduates.
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom: http://www.wilpfinternational.org/
With a history dating back to the First World War, this organization’s mission is to promote peace and eliminate the causes for war across the globe. As per the mission and title, the role of women in particular in gaining rights and becoming leaders and decision-makers is featured prominently in the agenda of this organization.
International Center on Nonviolent Conflict: http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/
This center specifically focuses on the power of ordinary citizens to become engaged, active, and empowered in non-violent measures to promote conflict resolution and promote human rights across the globe.
Association for Trauma Outreach & Prevention (ATOP) (Based in NYC): http://meaningfulworld.com/
Focusing on understanding the impact of trauma and offering methods for prevention and treatment in the aftermath of trauma, this organization is dedicated to peace building, conflict resolution, and a holistic approach to treatment for trauma. Focus includes the transformative impact of reconnecting with nature, spirituality, promotion of transparency, restorative justice, etc.