Professor to speak on ‘A World Without Jews: Nazi Germany and the Holocaust’

On Wednesday, April 13, Michigan State University’s Jewish Studies Program and the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus together will present a lecture by scholar and author Professor Alon Confino.

Confino will discuss the topic, “A World Without Jews: Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.” The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. at the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The April 13 lecture is part of an MSU-Holocaust Memorial Center series dealing with new directions in the study of the Holocaust. There will be a discussion period after the lecture, followed by a reception.

Confino is a professor of history at the University of Virginia. His cultural approach to the Holocaust goes beyond study of Nazi ideology and emphasizes culture. He explores German memory and fantasy, which underlie the persecution and extermination of the Jews, making genocide conceivable. In his lecture and in his book, A World Without Jews: Nazi Germany, Representations of the Past, and the Holocaust, he focuses on the fantasy world of Nazi Germany, which imagined a world without Jews.

He is the author of Foundational Pasts: An Essay in Holocaust Interpretation and Germany As A Culture of Remembrance: Promises and Limits of Writing History.

In recent years, Confino has been probing into different possibilities of historical narration. Currently, he also is exploring forced migrations in the 1940s in central and Eastern Europe, India/Pakistan and Palestine/Israel, looking at local history, memory and human rights.

For further information on the lecture, contact Rebecca Swindler at (248) 553-2400, Ext. 13, or

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