“When Our Dictator Turns Up”: German and American Journalists Respond to the Fascist Threat
Tuesday, May. 22, 2018 – Tuesday, May. 22, 2018
06:30 PM – 08:00 PM
The success of Nazi fascism depended in large part upon the suppression of free speech, first and foremost, the absolute control of the press as a vehicle for propaganda. Dr. Millin's lecture will examine the process by which the Nazis assaulted, suppressed and replaced the free press. Many German journalists collaborated, some resisted. Foreign correspondents struggled to report what they saw without becoming unwilling mouthpieces for the regime. Dr. Millin's lecture will examine the process by which the Nazis gained control of the press and will tell as well the stories of German and American journalists who dared to criticize the Führer and his party. Historians reflect upon the past in order to illumine the present and to make wise decisions about our future. The history of journalists under the Third Reich is of profound importance for us today at a time when journalists and the freedom of the press are once again under threat from nationalists movements and authorization leaders worldwide.
Currently, Dr. Millin is a historian working in the USHMM's Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, Millin previously was the historian in the USHMM's photo archives, specializing in the photographs of German Jewry, the Aliyah Bet and the European Roma, as well as in the work of the Wehrmacht Propaganda Company photographers. She received her bachelor's degree from Macalester College, a master's in religious studies from Vanderbilt University and a doctorate in Jewish history at the Hebrew College-JIR. She was formerly a research fellow at the University of Göttingen and an Inter-University Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she has taught Jewish history, Judaic studies, world religions and Holocaust studies at the Hebrew Union College-JIR, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky-Lexington. Millin's lecture is underwritten by the Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers, an annual program that works with students from across the country as they prepare to enter the teaching profession.
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