Troy University history professor to discuss new book on the Holocaust

Posted: Wednesday, 12 November 2014

TROY - Troy University history professor Dr. Dan Puckett will discuss his new book on the Holocaust during a pair of upcoming lectures in Dothan and Troy.

Dr. Puckett, an associate professor of history at the Montgomery Campus, is the author of "In the Shadow of Hitler: Alabama's Jews, the Second World War, and the Holocaust" published by the University of Alabama Press.

He will discuss his new book on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Temple Emanu-El in Dothan, and at noon on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Troy Campus library. Both events are free and open to the public.

"In the Shadow of Hitler" examines how southern Jews in the United States responded to the Nazi persecution of European Jews, and recounts the divisions between Alabama Jews in the early 1930s. As awareness of the horrors of the Holocaust spread, Jews across Alabama from different backgrounds and from Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox traditions worked to bridge their internal divisions in order to mount efforts to save Jewish lives in Europe. Only by leveraging their collective strength were Alabama's Jews able to sway the opinions of newspaper editors, Christian groups, and the general public as well as lobby local, state, and national political leaders.

Dr. Puckett joined Troy University in 2005 where he teaches modern European history. His research interests are in the Holocaust and Jewish history, and his work has appeared in "Holocaust and Genocide Studies," "Southern Jewish History," and "Alabama Heritage," among other publications. He has been a Starkoff Fellow at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and a Chancellor's Fellow at Troy University.

Dr. Puckett was appointed to the Alabama Holocaust Commission by Governor Robert Bentley, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Southern Jewish Historical Society and the editorial Board of Southern Jewish History.