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British Christian Responses to the Holocaust

May 05, 2021 @ 10:00 am

10:00 AM PDT/ 1:00 PM EDT/ 3:00 AM AEST (+1) 

Join USC Shoah Foundation Finci-Viterbi Executive Director, Stephen Smith as he speaks about his experiences leading to the founding of the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in England. 

British Christian army chaplains like the Reverend EJ Stretch performed a heart-rending role in the liberation of Bergen-Belsen and other concentration camps, burying the dead and ministering to the survivors. But what Church attitudes preceded this? And what were the Church’s theological and practical responses to the Holocaust in the years after? Why did many Christians chose not to oppose, or even participate in, the crimes of the Holocaust?

Presented by Rob Thompson, National Holocaust Centre and Museum Trustee and former Senior Programme Manager for the Council of Christians and Jews.

Guests include Dr Chad McDonald, curator of an award-winning exhibition about James Parkes, the Anglican clergyman whose activism helped encourage a Christian re-evaluation of Judaism, and Ruth Barnett MBE, a Kindertransportee of Jewish and Christian heritage and many decades experience in Holocaust education.


Start: May 05, 2021 / 10:00 AM