Author Archives: Ken Waltzer

About Ken Waltzer

Ken Waltzer grew up in New York City and attended Harpur College of the State University of New York and Harvard University as a Graduate Prize Fellow. He has helped build James Madison College, Michigan State University's highly reputed residential college in public affairs and currently serves as director of Jewish Studies at MSU. In 2011-2012, he is the Winegarden Visiting Professor at UM-Flint.

The Diplomat of Shoah History Does Yale historian Timothy Snyder absolve Eastern Europe of special complicity in the Holocaust?

By David Mikics|July 26, 2012 7:00 AM TABLET MAGAZINE The dispute between Poles and Jews about the Nazi period can move in unsettling directions, ones that make an unhealed wound hurt even worse. Perceived insults, like President Barack Obama’s recent … Continue reading

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Kinderblock 66 at the Jerusalem Film Festival

I am pleased to share the information that the film Kinderblock 66 is currently featured at the Jerusalem Film Festival and is competing for awards in two categories: a) the Avner Shalev Yad Vashem Director’s Award for Holocaust films, and … Continue reading

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Alvin Rosenfeld on the Contemporary American University

Alvin Rosenfeld reflects, in a speech given at U Minnesota, that “many of our campuses have become hospitable to certain political and ideological currents of thought that issue in actions and statements  inimical to many Jewish students and professors. A … Continue reading

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Kinderblock 66 Builds a Gentle Emotional Power

Jay Handelman, in Arts Sarasota and in Herald Tribune, April 18, 2012 Perhaps I was setting myself up for my reactions to Rob Cohen’s documentary “Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald.” I watched it just a few hours after returning from … Continue reading

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Faculty Seminar-New Directions in Study of the Holocaust

Many thanks to all members of the Winegarden UM Flint faculty seminar, which met nine times during January-February-March 2012 to consider new directions in study of the Holocaust. We discussed anxieties some authors like Alvin Rosenfeld express about a worried … Continue reading

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Reducing Remembering Survival to an Anti-Polish Account (and Understating Its Value)

Jews, Poles & Nazis: The Terrible History June 24, 2010 Timothy Snyder Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp by Christopher R. Browning Norton, 375 pp., $27.95 The hangings took place on the last day of August 1941, on the … Continue reading

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Toby Perl, “Historic Shift,” Tablet Magazine, July 22, 2010

Like most Holocaust historians, Christopher Browning was wary of survivor testimony. Then, one case made him realize he could ignore it no longer. Though it has long played a central role in the popular history of the Holocaust, survivor testimony … Continue reading

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Some Questions on Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands (2010)

What makes Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands, in your mind, groundbreaking? Original? What are the book’s great strengths? What new optic or perspective do you obtain by reading Bloodlands? What makes Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands, also, an object of controversy and a target … Continue reading

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Diminishing the Holocaust or Expanding Attention and Empathy to a Wider Array of Victims?

According to the journalist Charles Lewis who wrote in The National Post in January 2011, Timothy Snyder, author of Bloodlands, a new history of mass murder during the 1930s and 1940s under Nazism and communism, said that, after he finished … Continue reading

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Eric Sundquist and Jerome Chanes on Ruth Franklin’s Later Judgments in A Thousand Darknesses

Eric Sundquist in the Wall St. Journal “Despite the hazards of trying to represent events often said to be “unknowable,” Ms. Franklin insists on the moral authority of the imagination and shows the power of literature to uncover the truths … Continue reading

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