CANCELED: Keynote speaker Gavriel Rosenfeld to speak about Nazism on the Internet

Photo Credit: Dr. Gavriel D. Rosenfeld
Mon, 03/09/2020 - 13:14

CANCELED: The Harris Center for Judaic Studies will be hosting 11 speakers for the symposium “The Denial of Genocides in the 21st Century Public Sphere” on April 22, 2020. As keynote speaker for the symposium, the university welcomes Gavriel Rosenfeld, professor of History from Fairfield University. The lecture will be on April 22, 2020 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Nebraska Union's Swanson Auditorium.

How has the internet influenced the portrayal of Nazis, and how is the internet enabling the “Alt-Right” to rehabilitate Nazi ideas and disseminate them to new audiences?

In his lecture titled “Between Tragedy and Farce: Normalizing Nazism on the Internet,” Rosenfeld will address how the history of the Third Reich is being “normalized” in contemporary culture. He will examine how the world wide web presents both unprecedented opportunities and dangers for memory, arguing that while the web offers up new possibilities for educating people about the Nazi legacy, it simultaneously promotes its trivialization.


Gavriel D. Rosenfeld received his B.A. in History and Judaic Studies from Brown University in 1989 and his Ph. D. in History from UCL in 1996. His areas of specialization include the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, memory studies, and counterfactual history. He is the author of numerous books, including the newly published study, The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism from World War II to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2019), as well as Hi Hitler! How the Nazi Past is Being Normalized in Contemporary Culture (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015), Building after Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011), The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005), and Munich and Memory: Architecture, Monuments and the Legacy of the Third Reich (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000). He is the editor of What Ifs of Jewish History: From Abraham to Zionism (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2016) and the co-editor of Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Nazi Past (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008). He is an editor at the Journal of Holocaust Research and edits the blog, The Counterfactual History Review.