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Science, Technology, and the Holocaust


The theme for the 37th annual Holocaust lecture series Science, Technology, and the Holocaust is a topic that bridges the historical themes of the World War II era with many salient issues and challenges in today’s society. Among the topics we will be exploring: the advent of mechanization in warfare and its role in distancing perpetrators of violence from the effects of their actions; the impact of science (and pseudoscience) and in contributing to the events that led to the Holocaust; the role of technology in the implementation of the Holocaust; the responsibility of scientists and technologists for how their inventions are put to use; and finally, the impact of the Holocaust on the practice of science and the development of technology in the decades since 1945.