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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission


The Use of Alcohol During and After the Holocaust

Event details
Calendar   Speaking Engagements
Location Zoom
Date Thu, Dec 1, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration   1h

Alcohol played an important role during the Holocaust. Its functions, however, varied greatly. In this lecture, Sina Fabian explores the different ways German perpetrators and Jewish survivors used alcohol, including perpetrators using alcohol during or after mass killings, Jews using alcohol as a tool for resistance and survival, and people using liquor after the Holocaust as a coping mechanism.

The talk draws on testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, as well as on interrogations with former members of Einsatzgruppe D.

Sina Fabian is Assistant Professor of 20th Century German History at Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany and a Visiting Scholar at the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research during Fall 2022. She earned her PhD in Contemporary History at the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History at the University of Potsdam in Germany. Read more about Professor Fabian here.

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