The Search for Major Plagge, the Nazi who saved Jews:
a story of moral courage in the midst of the Holocaust
A lecture by Dr. Michael Good
with an introduction by Bernard Possidente, Biology Department
Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall • The event is free and open to the public
Michael Good, a physician from Durham, Connecticut, is the author of a book documenting the efforts of an obscure German army major to protect Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Vilna, Poland, during WWII. One of the Jews who escaped was Dr. Good’s mother. Good returned to Vilna and began tracking down the fate of Major Karl Plagge and some of the survivors he rescued. His book, The Search for Major Plagge: The Nazi Who Saved Jews (Fordham University Press, 2006), documents those wartime events, and Good’s efforts to find out who Major Plagge was and why he did what he did.
Good has spoken about his book and these events all over the world, inspiring and challenging audiences in ways that are directly relevant to today’s world.
This presentation is part of the Jacob Perlow Event Series. It is co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Special Programs, the Office of Jewish Student Life, and Skidmore Hillel.
About the Jacob Perlow Series: A generous grant from the estate of Jacob Perlow—an immigrant to the United States in the 1920s, a successful businessman deeply interested in religion and philosophy and a man who was committed to furthering Jewish education—supports annual lectures and presentations to the College and Capital District community on issues broadly related to Jews and Judaism.