In the early 1930s, the mood in Germany was grim.
The worldwide economic depression devastated the German social fabric by creating huge despair and hopelessness. A humiliating defeat fifteen years earlier during World War I shattered their confidence in the weak Weimar Republic government. Conditions were ripe for the rise of a new leader, Adolf Hitler, and his party, the National Socialist German Workers' Party.
A charismatic speaker, Hitler appealed to the unemployed, young people, and members of the lower middle class such as small store owners, craftsmen, and farmers. Although elected by a minority of Germans, he received the most votes, and because of the presence of a number of other parties, the majority of the votes were divided, leaving Hitler the victor.
Dr. Suzanna Ozsvath will discuss the rise of Hitler at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Allen Public Library. A highly-recognized scholar, Dr. Ozsvath is a professor of literature and the history of ideas as well as the chair of Holocaust studies at University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Founder and director of UTD’s Holocaust Studies Program, she has published articles, addressing aesthetic and ethical issues in French, German, and Hungarian literature as well as the relationship between art and totalitarian ideology. Since the 1980's, she has undertaken several translation projects and worked on various branches of Holocaust studies.
In her book When The Danube Ran Red, Dr. Ozsvath discusses the harrowing memories of her Jewish childhood during the Hungarian holocaust where she witnessed rampant murders, starvation and torture.
In 2009, she was named to The State of Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission.
Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, this program is free. The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for more information.