On November 20, Amos Guiora, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, will present a lecture titled “The Role fo the Bystander” as part of the Tanner Humanities Center’s Fall 2013 Work-in-Progress Lecture Series.
From the Tanner Humanities Center’s description: “One of the under-appreciated and seldom told stories of the Holocaust is the death marches in 1945, when the fate of Hitler’s Germany was clear to most. In spite of the war’s all but inevitable end, German prisoner guards, male and female alike, undertook a series of death marches through towns, largely in eastern Germany and Poland, resulting in the death of hundreds of thousands of Jews formerly held in concentration camps, but not freed from captivity.
“The marches, which lasted weeks, were visible to thousands upon thousands of German and Polish citizens who stood by passively as the Jews were marched through their villages and towns. Th_e question before us is: “What is the legal and moral culpability of the bystander?” Answering this question requires examining questions of legality, morality, history, and culture. Without a doubt many lessons, painful as they may be, can be drawn from this tragic historical event.”
The lecture will be held in the Jewel Box CTIHB Room 143 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
In addition, Guoira contributed an op-ed to the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s website titled “Targeted Killing and the Law: Who is a Legitimate Target and When Is the Target Legitimate?”
Guiora was also interviewed on Texas Public Radio’s The Source on the role of commanders in the military justice system.