David M. Crowe, Ph.D., professor of history and legal history at Elon University, will deliver the third annual Frederick M. Schweitzer lecture on the Holocaust to be held on Monday, Nov. 8, in Smith Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Crowe, an expert on the history of the Holocaust, Roma, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, will present The Jews, the Roma, and the Holocaust: A Comparative Look at the Breadth of Nazi Evil. The lecture is also timely with the recent news of France pushing out several Romanian and Bulgarian citizens (Roma or gypsies), and many critics have called the act “racism.”
“David M. Crowe is a world-class expert on the victims of war crimes. His lecture will compare the experience of the Roma and the Jews during the Holocaust and will make some observations about the Roma’s present conditions,” says Jeff Horn, Ph.D., professor and chair of the history department and director of the Holocaust Resource Center at Manhattan College. “In commemoration of Kristallnacht, this lecture is both topical and historical.” This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the Kristallnacht or Night of Broken Glass, a series of attacks on Jews that occurred between Nov. 9 and 10, 1938.
Crowe is the author and editor of numerous books including Crimes of State, Past and Present: Government-Sponsored Atrocities and International Legal Responses (2010), The Holocaust: Roots, History, and Aftermath (2008), A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia (revised edition, 2007), and Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind The List (2004).
He has also appeared on CNN International, BBC radio and numerous television and radio programs throughout North America, Europe and Israel, and his works have been featured in articles in The New York Times, the Jerusalem Post, The Evening Standard, and many other magazines and newspapers.
As a result of Crowe’s extensive knowledge of the Roma, Russians and other ethnic groups, he has served in many court cases in the United States and Canada as an expert witness. In addition, he testified before the U.S. Congress Commission on security and cooperation in Europe and New York City Council’s subcommittee on immigration.
The Frederick M. Schweitzer Lecture on the Holocaust is a lecture series named in honor of Frederick M. Schweitzer, professor emeritus of history. He was the instrumental voice behind the launch of Manhattan College’s Holocaust Resource Center in 1996 and served as its director until 2007.