Robert H. Jackson Center Hosting Seminar Exploring Cold War Secrets

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JAMESTOWN – The Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown is hosting an educational seminar exploring Cold War secrets this week.

It takes place on Thursday at 8:30 am featuring German Consul General David Gill who will explore the compelling stories that swirled behind the scenes during the tense Cold War period following World War II.

The panelists will share fascinating details about the players and conflicts that drew nations into acts of espionage, international policy challenges, and prevented the advancement of aggressions about which the world was woefully unaware.

The seminar is for both in-person and virtual participants. Pre-registration is required.

In total, four luminaries will share the stories of their research and work to provide insights into the challenges during the Cold War – how to maintain peace, advance justice, and ensure the Cold War did not heat up.

The panelists include:

  • Professor Arthur T. Downey, Georgetown Law, will discuss details from his book The Cold War: Law, Lawyers, Spies and Crises. He is the former Director of the Bureau of East-West Trade at the Commerce Department, a State Department lawyer, diplomat, and government official who served on the National Security Council staff under Henry Kissinger.
  • Nancy Thorndike Greenspan will examine the complicated life of hero/villain spy Klaus Fuchs. She is the author of Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs, a gripping biography of Fuchs, the German-born British scientist who handed the Soviets top-secret American plans for the plutonium bomb.
  • Eli Rosenbaum, Director of Human Rights Enforcement Strategy and Policy, U.S. Department of Justice. Rosenbaum will discuss his involvement in the case against Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk, who the U.S. deported to Germany in 2009. Interviews of Rosenbaum are in the Netflix documentary film “The Devil Next Door.”
  • Featured Speaker: Consul General David Gill will share his recollections on East German resistance. Gill was in East Germany when the Berlin Wall fell and protected numerous files kept by the Stasi— East Germany’s infamous State Security Service. Gill has served as German Consul General in New York since October 2017 serving. Previously, he was appointed on 19 March 2012 by President Joachim Gauck to Secretary of State and head of the Bundespräsidialamt, the administration of the President of Germany and stayed in office until February 2017. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. Gill is the 1991 recipient of the Theodor Heuss Medal for the promotion of political education and culture in Germany and Europe.

For more information, visit the program page on the Jackson Center’s website:


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