Dr. Patrick Hicks
The History of Auschwitz
Hicks will discuss how this notorious concentration camp grew in size from 1939 until 1945, and talk about what it means for us today. He can also discuss his novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which is based upon Auschwitz and the other Operation Reinhard camps. Photos of the camp and discussion are usually part of this accessible talk, which has been given to many high schools and other venues in South Dakota.
The Rise of the Third Reich
How did Hitler come to power and how was German democracy eroded by the Nazis? In this lecture (with Q&A), Hicks will discuss the events that gave rise to Nazism.
V-2 and Saturn V
What are the intersections between the Holocaust and landing on the moon? What role did Nazi science have upon the Space Race? Hicks discusses how a little-known concentration camp directly affected America's space program. Additionally, he offers a reading and converses on research he conducted for his forthcoming novel.
Writing Fiction, Writing Poetry
Acclaimed author and poet, Hicks conducts a workshop helping participants understand the writing life, hone their own craft, and learn more about how the power of words can shape our daily lives.
Auschwitz, the Holocaust, and Memory: Doing Research at a Nazi Concentration Camp
Hicks will discuss his latest novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which is based upon Auschwitz and the other Operation Reinhard camps. Hicks will read passages from his novel, show photos of the camps, and talk about visiting Auschwitz.