JewishGen Talk This Week: Mengele-Unmasking the Angel of Death #JewishGenUpdates
We invite you to attend another free presentation in our series of JewishGen Talks webinars, with our speaker, Dr. David G. Marwell
Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST
Registration is free with a suggested donation.
About the Talk
As chief of investigative research at the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations in the 1980s, David G. Marwell worked on the Mengele case, interviewing his victims, visiting the scenes of his crimes, and ultimately holding his bones in his hands. Drawing on his own experience as well as new scholarship and sources, Dr. Marwell will describe Mengele’s life and career, with specific focus on his wartime service both in frontline combat and at Auschwitz, where his “selections” sent innumerable innocents to their deaths, and his “scientific” pursuits—including his studies of twins and eye color — traumatized or killed countless more.
About the Speaker
David G. Marwell, Ph.D. has had a distinguished career in public history. He spent nine years at the US Department of Justice, where, as Chief of Investigative Research, he conducted research in support of the investigation and prosecution of Nazi war criminals in the United States. As a part of this eort, he played major roles in the Klaus Barbie and Josef Mengele investigations and helped to author the two major reports that resulted. In 1988, he went to Berlin to become the (last) Director of the Berlin Document Center, a repository for captured personnel-related files of the Nazi Party and its component organizations. After overseeing the complete microfilming of the collection, Marwell returned to the US, in 1994, to become the Executive Director of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board, an independent federal agency established to identify, locate, and make available to the public (through declassification) all records relating to the assassination of President Kennedy. Following this service, he became the Associate Museum Director at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing key museum departments (exhibitions, collections, archives, education, international programs, library). In 2000, Marwell was appointed Director and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City and led this important institution for fifteen years, before stepping down at the end of 2015.
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