‘NYT’ Article on Anniversary of Wannsee Conference Quotes Lipstadt

A recent article in The New York Times, titled “80 Years Ago the Nazis Planned the ‘Final Solution.’ It Took 90 Minutes,” quotes Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies and Associated Faculty member Deborah E. Lipstadt. The piece centers on the 80th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference in Germany in 1942, when Nazi bureaucrats planned the systematization of the Holocaust of European Jews. Read an excerpt from the article quoting Lipstadt below, along with the full piece here.

“Eighty years after the Wannsee Conference and 77 years after the end of World War II, the witnesses of Nazi atrocities are dying.

When Dr. Lipstadt, 74, the Dorot professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University, first started teaching about the Holocaust more than three decades ago, it was easy to find survivors to talk to her students.

“‘When I wanted a survivor to come to my class, I would say, ‘Do I want a survivor of a camp or in hiding? Do I want someone from Eastern Europe? Do I want a German who lived under the laws for eight years before deportation? Do I want someone from the underground’? she recalled. ‘Now I hope I can find someone who is healthy enough to come at all.'”