April 26, 2018  -  5.00 p.m.  -  admission free

Book presentation
Amos N. Guiora:
The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander from the Holocaust to Today

Professor Amos N. Guiora will address whether it should be a legal obligation for bystanders to intervene when they witness a crime, or if moral responsibility is enough. He addresses the bystander-victim relationship focusing on the Holocaust, starting with his own family’s experiences, and then exploring a number of recent cases in contemporary society where bystanders were involved. Guiora asserts that a society cannot rely on morals and compassion alone in determining our obligation to help another in danger. It is ultimately, he concludes, a legal issue and we must make the obligation to intervene the law, and thus non-intervention a crime. Guiora will also discuss legislation that has been proposed in different states across America regarding bystander obligation-duty to act, in which he has been actively involved.

Moderation: Dr Hans-Christian Jasch, Director, House of the Wannsee Conference


Amos Guiora is professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah, and Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) in the Israel Defense Forces. He is actively involved in the effort of legislate Holocaust genocide education in Utah public schools.