Professor Douglas will examine how prosecutors at Nuremberg and later in the Eichmann trial built their against the perpetrators of the Holocaust. He will also discuss the trials of John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian who immigrated to the United States in 1952 and was later deported after having been accused of serving as a guard at various death camps during the war. At the close of his talk, Douglas will do a book-signing for The Memory of Judgment, as well as for his most recent book, The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial.
Lawrence Douglas is the James J. Garfield Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College. He has published and lectured extensively on legal issues, and in addition to more than a dozen works of non-fiction he has published two prize-winning novels. Several of his publications deal with the Holocaust. His best-known book, a recipient of multiple awards, is The Memory of Judgment: Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust. In it, he examines how major Holocaust trials (including Nuremberg and the Eichmann trial) have served to instruct and shape historical memory, while providing massive documentation of the ultimate “crime against humanity.”
This event is funded in part through the generosity of the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by Alan Solomon, M.D.