Leading Holocaust Historian to Discuss How Racism Affected the U.S. Response to the Holocaust

HOUSTON, TX (June 27, 2011) – An historian who has written extensively about the Allies’ struggle to prosecute Nazis for crimes against humanity will discuss racism in America and how it affected this nation’s response to the Holocaust in a free public lecture this July at Holocaust Museum Houston.

 Dr. Graham Cox

 Dr. Graham Cox

Dr. Graham Cox, a faculty member at The University of Texas-Pan American, will examine the relationship between African-American civic leaders and American government policymakers in the public lecture “Under Some Circumstances, or: How We Learned to Stop Worrying about Crow and Seek Justice for the Holocaust” on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Seating is limited, and advanced registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

Cox received his doctorate from the University of Houston in 2008 after successfully defending his dissertation, “What Irony! Herbert C. Pell, Crimes Against Humanity, and the Negro Problem,” in which he examined the bureaucratic struggle between the U.S. State Department, New York Congressman Herbert C. Pell, and the battle among the Allies over the creation of a legal protocol to prosecute Nazi officials following the close of World War II.

Pell, a central focus in Cox’s research due to his role as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s appointee as American representative on the United Nations War Crimes Commission, sought justice for the Holocaust, fighting to extend the little understood legal category of “crimes against humanity” to include atrocities based upon racial, religious and political persecution committed by a nation against its own citizens.

Cox’s publications include the co-authored U.S. History survey text, “American Power, American People,” and the chapter “Herbert C. Pell, U.S. Representative on the United Nations War Crimes
Commission” in the book “Diplomats at War: The American Experience.”

His lecture anticipates the Aug. 4, 2011 reception and opening of the new Central Gallery exhibit, “The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Laws,” which highlights the remarkable similarities between America’s own Jim Crow laws and those in Nazi Germany. This exhibit, generously underwritten by Baker Botts LLP; Frost; H-E-B; Marathon Oil Corporation and the Morgan Family Foundation, will examine the Jim Crow laws — with examples from Houston’s segregationist past — and the Nuremberg laws.

The lecture is held as part of the Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators, which has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. The lecture is generously underwritten by the Max M. Kaplan Teacher Education Fund, the Lea K. Weems Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Chevra Kadisha Holocaust Studies Scholarship Fund, with special thanks to United Airlines, the official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.

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