THE HOLOCAUST AS A MILLENNIAL MOMENT
MARCH 6-7, 1999
BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Sponsored by:

The Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University
The Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University
The Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College
The SHOAH Foundation


From the perspective of millennial studies, if one takes Nazism as the extreme form of a widespread ģsalvific fascismī that essentially animated the axis powers in World War II, then 1941 marks the highpoint of a millennial wave that had an unprecedentedly powerful impact on the globe.

Millennial scholarship has as much to gain from a collaboration as historians of the Holocaust: Nazism may constitute the single most well-documented case of millennialism extant.  Our ability to understand one of the most terrifying ģcivilizedī experiences of the twentieth century, an unimaginable convulsion of popular and elite violence, may therefore depend on our ability to establish a multi-disciplinary perspective.

 At a time when the generation that experienced the Holocaust (from all sides) is dying, and various kinds of millennial activities and beliefs, including the paranoid styles of the Nazis and Communists, are gaining strength, there is perhaps no more timely investigation than that of the Holocaust as a millennial moment.


MYTHOS, MACHT UND MöRDER
MYTH, MIGHT AND MURDER

A documentary by German filmaker Kerstin Stutterheim
In German, with English subtitles

Saturday, March 6, 1999
Boston University
CAS, 725 Commonwealth Ave.
Room 211
8:00 pm
Free and open to the public

Introduction by Director Kerstin Stutterheim

The world view of several Nazi leaders, especially Heinrich Himmler and Adolf Hitler as well as the material politics of the Third Reich, was not only influenced by well-known policial and economic developments but also by occult esoteric doctrines. These concepts of the world were not only confined to small secluded circles, but were intrinsic to the political spirit of the times. Since the turn of the century, the nucleus of this world concept prophesied a chosen leader to liberate the world. Within the framework of this esoteric, occult doctirne, it was considered that the Aryan German race was predestined to become the rulers of the world. It was firmly believed that this was preordained in ancient myths. These occult orders and confederations were already extremely nationalistic and antisemitic. The film not only attempts to elucidate this mythological link as well as the occult background of the Third Reich, but also provides an insight into various concrete facts and personal fates in the material politics of the Third Reich by way of examples.



THE HOLOCAUST AS A MILLENNIAL MOMENT:  A SYMPOSIUM

SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 1999
BARRISTERS' HALL, GROUND FLOOR
SCHOOL OF LAW, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
765 COMMONWEALTH AVE.
Free and Open to the Public
 
 

9:00 - 9:30 Breakfast and Welcome
Steven Katz, Center for Judaic Studies at BU
Richard Landes, Center for Millennial Studies at BU

9:30 - 10:30 Nazism as a Millennial Moment

Medieval Racism? The Red Jews and Dehumanization in Popular Medieval Apocalypticism
Andrew Gow, University of Alberta

Final War, Final Solution: WWII and the Holocaust as Eschatological Conceptions
David Redles, Kent State University


10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:45 Round Table Discussion

11:45 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 Nazism as a Millennial Moment


Nazism as a Hysterical Millenarian Religion
Irving Wolfe, University of Montreal

Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo and the Nazis
Robert Jay Lifton, Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College,CUNY

2:00 - 3:00 Round Table Discussion
3:00 - 3:30 Coffee Break
3:30 - 4:30 Jewish Responses to the Holocaust Gershom Greenberg, American University
Ben Zion Gold, Rabbi, Harvard Unviersity, Hillel

4:30 - 5:30 Round Table Discussion

 

Participants:

Omer Bar Tov, Rutgers University
Michael Berenbaum, SHOAH Foundation
Doris Bergen, University of Notre Dame
John Fout, Bard College
Robert Gellately, Clark University
Ben Zion Gold, Harvard University
Gershom Greenberg, American University
Andrew Gow, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Steven Katz, Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University
Richard Landes, Center for Millennial Studies at Boston U.
Walter Lacquer, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Robert Jay Lifton, Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College, CUNY
Dietrich Orlow, Boston University
David Redles, Kent State University
Charles Strozier, Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay        College, CUNY
Kerstin Stutterheim, Humboldt University, Berlin
Gerhard Weinberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Robert Wistrich, Hebrew University
Irving Wolfe, University of Montreal