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Could More Jews Have Been Saved? The Debate about Rudolf Vrba and the Auschwitz Report

Panelists: Carl Strikwerda, History, and Louis Frydman, Professor Emeritus, Social Welfare
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Mon., Oct. 1, 2001, 3:30pm
Location: Sudler House, Max Kade Center for German-American Studies
Could more Jews Have Been Saved?
The Debate about Rudolf Vrba and the Auschwitz Report

Rudolf Vrba, a Czechoslovakian Jew, was deported to Maidanek and then Auschwitz in 1942, prisoner number 44070. Two years later, he escaped. The report he then wrote with Alfred Wetzler, which was the earliest account to describe in detail the gas chambers in Auschwitz, helped break a conspiracy of silence about the Holocaust. In 1944, the Allies warned Hungary to halt the deportations.

But how effective was this warning? How many Jews were saved in consequence? Could more have been done to save Hungarian Jews?

Carl Strikwerda and Louis Frydman will debate these issues and more in relation to Vrba's and Wetzler's "Auschwitz Report ."

Co-sponsored by:
Max Kade Center,
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures,
Center for European Studies,
Humanities and Western Civilization Program,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
Hillel Foundation

For more information on this panel discussion, contact the Max Kade Center for German-American Studies at (785) 864-7342.


This event is free and open to the public.

October 1, 2001
3:30 p.m.
Sudler House, Max Kade Center for Germanic-American Studies

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