Gordon Horwitz

Gordon Horwitz

Professor to Speak on Nazi Ghetto

September 16, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University Associate Professor of History Gordon Horwitz will discuss his latest book, Ghettostadt: Łdź and the Making of a Nazi City for the IWU Faculty Colloquium at 4 p.m. Friday, September 26, in the Anderson Auditorium at the Center for Natural Sciences (CNS 101, 201 E. Beecher Street, Bloomington). The event is free and open to the public.

In his book, published by Harvard University Press in May, Horwitz explores the interaction between the Jewish ghetto created by the Nazis in the town of Łdź, Poland, and the Germans who occupied the city. One of the first cities to be annexed to the Third Reich, Łdź possessed the second-largest Jewish population in Poland with more than 200,000 Jews, constituting a third of the city’s residents. By the end of the war, few remained alive.

Ghettostadt is Horwitz’s second book on the Holocaust. His first, In the Shadow of Death: Living Outside the Gates of Mauthausen, was published in 1990 by The Free Press, and focused on the relationship between the Austrian town and the death camp. Horwitz has been with Illinois Wesleyan since 1989.

The IWU Faculty Colloquium Series provides the campus and community an opportunity to gain an understanding of faculty research through informal lectures and seminars. The series highlights a wide array of topics and fields of study throughout the semester.  

Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960