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  • Beth Griech-Polelle Associate Professor of History she/her/hers Phone: 253-535-7591 Email: griechba@plu.edu Office Location: Xavier Hall - 115 Curriculum Vitae: View my CV Professional Biography Personal Additional Titles/Roles Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies Education Ph.D., Modern European History, Rutgers, 1999 M.A., Modern European History, Rutgers B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1987 Areas of Emphasis or Expertise Holocaust Studies Nazi

  • Beth Griech-Polelle Kurt Mayer Chair of Holocaust Studies she/her/hers Phone: 253-535-7642 Email: griechba@plu.edu Office Location: Xavier Hall - 115 Curriculum Vitae: View my CV Professional Biography Personal Additional Titles/Roles Associate Professor of History Education Ph.D., Modern European History, Rutgers, 1999 M.A., Modern European History, Rutgers B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1987 Areas of Emphasis or Expertise Holocaust Studies Nazi

  • TACOMA, WASH. (Sept. 27, 2016)- Hosted by the Pacific Lutheran University Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and featuring Holocaust researchers and historians from all over the country, the ninth annual Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education will explore “Women and the Holocaust” Oct. 17-19 at…

    explore “Women and the Holocaust” Oct. 17-19 at PLU.“We’re going to specifically focus on how women’s experiences, because of their gender, were different from that of men,” said conference organizer and PLU history professor Beth Griech-Polelle. “If we really want to capture the historical moment and time of the holocaust, it’s not enough to leave women out of the story.” Griech-Polelle, who serves as the Kurt Mayer chair in Holocaust studies at PLU, says that only recently did the field of Holocaust

  • Asking Historic Questions: Beth Griech-Polelle, PLU Kurt Mayer Chair of Holocaust Studies Posted by: Zach Powers / November 3, 2022 November 3, 2022 By Beth A. Griech-PolelleKurt Mayer Chair of Holocaust StudiesI think we have all heard the infamous phrase, “Those who do not know the past are condemned to repeat it.” For most historians, asking questions about our shared past forces all of us to confront uncomfortable truths about the past with the hope that we learn from choices that people

  • History students at Pacific Lutheran University develop the skills needed to ask important questions, collect and evaluate evidence, work collaboratively with others, and offer clear and

    Pacific Lutheran University develop the skills needed to ask important questions, collect and evaluate evidence, work collaboratively with others, and offer clear and evidence-based explanations of past events and phenomena. History Faculty Mike Halvorson, Beth Griech-Polelle, Gina Hames, and Rebekah Mergenthal (May 2024). Through research and writing projects, internships, lively discussions, class presentations and other opportunities, students build their confidence as poised critical thinkers and

    Professor Rebekah Mergenthal, Chair
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    Xavier Hall, Room 109 12180 Park Ave S Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
  • PLU is home to an academic minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, an endowed chair in Holocaust history, an annual conference on Holocaust education, summer research fellowships for students

    Uncomfortable Truths: Introduction to Holocaust and Genocide Studies class examines the past to change the future More Asking Historic Questions: Beth Griech-Polelle, PLU Kurt Mayer Chair of Holocaust Studies More Holocaust and Genocide Studies Programs at PLUThe Holocaust, other genocides, and mass crimes against humanity are phenomena that command serious study and civic engagement. PLU is home to an academic minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, an endowed chair in Holocaust history, an

    Holocaust and Genocide Studies Programs
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  • New Holocaust Studies Chair Prepares to Give First PLU Public Lecture Posted by: Zach Powers / October 26, 2015 Image: Kurt Mayer Chair of Holocaust Studies Beth Griech-Polelle will lecture on ‘The First Victims: The Nazi Euthanasia Campaign’ on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Scandinavian Cultural Center. (Photo by John Froschauer/PLU) October 26, 2015 By Samantha Lund '16PLU Marketing & CommunicationsTACOMA, WASH. (Oct. 26, 2015)- Dr. Beth Griech-Polelle is taking on the dark roots of

  • Uncomfortable Truths: Introduction to Holocaust and Genocide Studies class examines the past to change the future Posted by: Zach Powers / January 17, 2023 Image: Holocaust survivor Peter Metzelaar speaks with PLU students in a course titled “Introduction to Holocaust & Genocide Studies.” (Photo courtesy of Professor Lisa Marcus) January 17, 2023 By Anneli HaralsonMarketing & Communications Guest Writer“There is nothing comfortable about studying genocide,” Beth Griech-Polelle, a Pacific

  • Uncomfortable truths: Taking an Introduction to Holocaust & Genocide Studies class Posted by: shortea / February 17, 2023 Image: Holocaust survivor Peter Metzelaar speaks with PLU students in a course titled “Introduction to Holocaust & Genocide Studies.” (Photo courtesy of Professor Lisa Marcus) February 17, 2023 By Anneli HaralsonMarketing & Communications Guest Writer “There is nothing comfortable about studying genocide,” Beth Griech-Polelle, a Pacific Lutheran University history professor

  • the Holocaust 2016 Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education The ninth annual Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education , “Women and the Holocaust,” will take place Oct. 17-19 at Pacific Lutheran University. In preparation for this event, Beth A. Griech- Polelle and Samuel Torvend — the Kurt Mayer chair of Holocaust studies and chair of Lutheran studies, respectively — discussed PLU’s approach to Holocaust and genocide studies and how the university talks about Martin Luther’s anti