The Graduate Program in Jewish-Christian Studies announces the 2012 Holocaust Study Day will take place on Thursday, March 15. This year’s theme is “Radio during the Nazi Period: Dangers on the Airwaves.”
Radio was used by the military during World War I and entered the life of civilians in the next decade. The Vatican created the first international radio station in 1931 and the Nazis exploited the medium soon after Hitler became chancellor of Germany in 1933. How cleverly Goebbels manipulated the way radio could enter every home! During the Second World War the airwaves were the source of people’s information about crucial events, often with the Axis powers and the Allies offering contradictory assessments of their impact. Various dimensions of this history will be presented by Mr. Richard Lucas and Ms. Laura N. Smith.
Today’s parents and educators face the expanding influence, for better or for worse, of the media in our time. Applications of historical lessons to the situation of ordinary people, and especially youth, will be considered in two workshops.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chancellor’s Suite, University Center, Seton Hall University, South Orange Campus
8:30 a.m. – Registration
9 a.m. – Introduction
9:15 a.m. – Berlin Calling- German Radio Broadcasts to America. Lecture by Mr. Richard D. Lucas
10:45 a.m. – Break
11 a.m. – Allied and Resistance Radio: Past and Present Dangers for All? Presentation by Ms. Laura Smith
12:15 p.m. – Lunch
1:15 p.m. – Workshop 1 by Mr. Lucas – Propaganda and Treason: Then and Now; Workshop 2 by Ms. Laura Smith – Radio in Daily Life: Then and Now
2:40 p.m. – Closing session
A $10 registration fee, payable on site, includes lunch and materials. Please register by March 8, 2012. For further information, please contact Rev. Lawrence Frizzell at (973) 761-9751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard D. Lucas, (M.A. in Political Science, Binghamton University), is a life-long shortwave radio enthusiast as well as a freelance writer. He studies the use of radio as a tool of propaganda and persuasion. He published a thorough and scholarly study of an American, Mildred Gillars, who broadcast Nazi propaganda to English-speaking soldiers. His book, Axis Sally: The American Voice of Nazi Germany (Philadelphia: Casemate, 2010), tells her story in the context of a search for success that brought betrayal of her homeland.
Laura Smith, (M.A. in Jewish-Christian Studies, Seton Hall University), concentrated on Gandhian ahisma and civil resistance and mass media, symbolic politics and Nazi propaganda during her undergraduate studies in Political Science. She provides archivist and publication support to the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University and is currently assisting Rev. Lawrence E. Frizzell in preparing for publication the English translation of Msgr. John M. Oesterreicher’s 1939-1940 clandestine radio broadcasts. Broadcast from Paris, Msgr. Oesterreicher’s radio addresses encouraged Austrian resistance to Nazi occupation and were previously published in German by Erika Weinzierl (Wider die Tyranei des Rassenwahns: Rundfunkansprachen aus dem ersten Jaar von Hitlers Krieg (Wein: Gyer, 1986).
The study day will offer five professional development credit hours for participants. This study day is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Jewish-Christian Studies with financial assistance from Ms. Chris Liu of Hong Kong.
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