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Holocaust and Genocide in the Balkans, 1912-1945
From the Balkan Wars to the End of World War II
Paul Mojzes

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The series will examine the causes, historical developments, and impact of Holocaust and genocides in the Balkans in the first half of the 20th century. The focus will be the two Balkan Wars of 1912/13 and the little known aspects of the Holocaust in Southeastern Europe as well as the multiple genocides of World War II. Most Holocaust studies tend to overlook its unfolding in the Balkans. The Balkans is an intersection of Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and Islam, with Jewish and Protestant minorities. We will examine the ethnoreligious conflicts leading to the waves of ethnic cleansing and genocides in the twentieth century, culminating in the Holocaust. 

1. Powerpoint overview of the three waves of Balkan genocides in the twentieth century. Distinction between"genocide" and "ethnic cleansing."
2. I and II Balkan Wars: The unrecognized mutual genocides of I and II Balkan Wars involving Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, and Serbia against the Ottoman Empire.
3. World War II: Balkan Holocaust study neglected. Nazi partition of the Balkans. Most areas became "Judenfrei"; milder persecutions in Bulgaria, Albania, and Italian zone.
4. Additional WWII Genocides:  Genocides of Serbs,Gypsies & others. Complicity of the Catholic Church. Ustaše, četniks, partizans. Death camps: Jasenovac.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Paul Mojzes is professor of religious studies at Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania, where he also served the Provost and Academic Dean. He is a native of Yugoslavia who studied at Belgrade University Law School, received the A.B. degree summa cum laude from Florida Southern College and Ph.D. degree from Boston University in Eastern European church history. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and founder and editor of Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe.  Author of six and editor of fourteen books he has written over 100 articles and chapters in books. Among his recent books are Balkan Genocides: Holocaust and Ethnic Cleansing in the Twentieth Century; Yugoslavian Inferno: Ethnoreligious Warfare in the Balkans, Religious Liberty in Eastern Europe and the USSR, and edited Religion and War in Bosnia and co-edited Interreligious Dialogue Toward Reconciliation in Macedonia and Bosnia.

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Date: Mondays, September 28; October 5, 12, 19
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $37
Door price member/non-member - $55

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