Indiana University of
Pennsylvania will present programs by two Holocaust scholars and two Holocaust
survivors on October 16 at IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information
Technology auditorium. The theme of the programs is “Police During the Nazi Era: Why Is It Relevant to Study This Today?”
The presentations, all free
and open to the community, are as follows:
to 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Peter Black, retired senior
historian and director of the Division of the Senior Historian at the United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dr. Black will speak
about policing during the Weimar Republic and Nazi period and will discuss
Germany between the years 1918 and 1938, with a brief look ahead to the war
years (1939-1942) for German police officials, involving awareness of policing
within an emergency wartime context. Dr. Black will also discuss his work as a
historian with the Department of Justice. During his time with
the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, he was a volume editor for The
Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos. His publications include Ernst Kaltenbrunner: Ideological
Soldier of the Third Reich (1984); Collaboration in the
and Robbing the Jews (2008), which won a National Jewish Book Award
in 2009. He currently works as a Historical Consultant for Babi Yar Holocaust
Memorial Center and is a film documentary advisor. Dr. Black has held various teaching positions at George Mason
University, Catholic University, American University, and Columbia University.
to 4:45 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Martin C. Dean
Dean, born in London, is a former researcher for the Special
Investigations Unit in Sydney, Australia; former senior historian for the
Metropolitan Police War Crimes Unit in London; and is an author and former Applied
Research Scholar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Dean will discuss his work for the
Scotland Yard and Australian Special Investigations, which led to five Nazi
collaborators appearing in court in the 1990’s. As an historian, he conducted
research with the KGB and other archives to document hands-on participation in
the Holocaust. He worked closely with detectives and lawyers to uncover
evidence that would stand up in court 50 years after events.
to 6:00 p.m.
Presented by Moshe Baran and Harry Schneider
Baran will discuss his experiences during his 1920’s escaping from
a forced labor camp into the Belorussian forest to join a partisan fighting unit. He will show his
documentary film, A Look
into the Eyes of Resistance.
Schneider, a child Holocaust survivor who hid in the forests
of Poland and Russia, will discuss his experiences and will show his documentary film, On
the Run: One Man's Struggle for Survival. Schneider is the chair of the
Holocaust Survivors Speakers Bureau in Pittsburgh.
The presentations are sponsored by IUP’s Holocaust Remembrance
Events Organization Committee, which is chaired by Shannon Phillips-Shyrock.
The committee membership includes Dennis Marsili, director, IUP Criminal
Justice Training Center; Pearl Berman, chair, Department of Psychology;
Joe Shyrock, IUP IT Services senior systems analyst; and Schneider. Cadets
studying in IUP’s Municipal Police Academy will be attending the programs.
“While our current time is
different than what happened in Germany at the time of the Nazis, it is always relevant
for us to study and remember this time period,” Dr. Phillips-Shyrock said. “For
example, police are trained to follow commands, but what happens when these
commands become unethical? There were laws in Germany to protect human rights
but somehow, they turned into laws that directed police to round up certain
segments of the population deemed to be ‘racially inferior.’ Mr. Marsili has
been actively involved in planning this program, and we are very pleased to
have the IUP cadets to take part in this programming.”
IUP’s Municipal Police
Academy offers full- and part-time programs for individuals to complete Act 120
training, which is required for persons wishing to be a police officer in
“We have a holistic
approach to training our cadets,” Marsili said. “We want our cadets to have
top-notch practical training, but we want them to have empathy and an
understanding about current events and the perceptions that the public has
about police,” Marsili said. “Cadets needs to be well educated, and part of
that education is an understanding of past events, including examples of how police
powers can be abused as they were during the Holocaust,” Marsili said.
For more information about
the presentation or about IUP’s Holocaust Remembrance Events Organization
Committee, contact Dr. Shyrock at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the IUP Municipal Police Academy,
contact Marsili at email@example.com or call the Academy at (724) 357-6943.