Suzanne Brown-Fleming (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
"'Love and Mercy' After the Holocaust: The Vatican's Postwar Clemency Campaign"
Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at 12 noon ET (US and Canada), 6 PM CET (Brussels), 7 PM IST (Jerusalem)
Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming is Director of the Division of International Academic Programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and a former Mandel Center Fellow (2000). She received her Ph.D. in modern German history from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2002. Dr. Brown-Fleming’s most recent publication, ‘May Your Holiness Act in the Interest of Protecting Those who Remain Morally Thinking People:’ Vatican Responses to Antisemitism, 1933, was part of the Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem’s Search and Research Series (2017). Her most recent book, Nazi Persecution and Postwar Repercussions: The International Tracing Service Archive and Holocaust Research (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016, paperback 2019) was named a 2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Her first book, The Holocaust and Catholic Conscience: Cardinal Aloisius Muench and the Guilt Question in Germany, was published in 2006 by the University of Notre Dame Press in association with the Museum and was a 2006 University Press Book Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries (Category of Religion) by the American Association of University Presses. Her book chapters, essays, and articles have appeared in the New Catholic Encyclopedia, the Lessons and Legacies volumes, H-German daily internet forum, and the scholarly journals Holocaust and Genocide Studies, German Studies Review, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Contemporary Church History (Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte), Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England, and Religion in Eastern Europe. She sat on the Executive Council of the American Catholic Historical Association (2012 to 2014 Term) and currently sits on the Editorial Board for the Contemporary Church History Quarterly (CCHQ). Dr. Brown-Fleming is Adjunct Professor on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Center for Jewish Civilization in Washington, D.C. Dr. Brown-Fleming’s work has been featured in the Catholic News Service (CNS). She has appeared on Cable News Network (CNN), EWTN Global Catholic Television Network, and several documentaries, including Holy Silence (2019), which premiered nationwide on PBS television in 2020. Her current research project, “Il Papa Tedesco (The German Pope): Eugenio Pacelli and Germany, 1917–1958,” is a study of Pope Pius XII’s relationship to Germany and its bishops, leaders, and people during the Weimar era, the Third Reich, and the Holocaust. Her second project, “Opa War Ein Nazi (Grandpa Was a Nazi): Eduard Geist and the Crimes of the Third Reich,” is Dr. Brown-Fleming’s first attempt to research and write as both a decades-long scholar of the Holocaust and as the biological granddaughter of a devout and locally prominent Nazi.