June 14, 2000
JOSEPH AND REBECCA MEYERHOFF ANNUAL LECTURE
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, June 14 at 7 p.m., the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies will host the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Annual Lecture. This year’s lecture, “Facing the Past: Representations of the Holocaust in German Cinema Since 1945,” will be delivered by Dr. Frank Stern. Dr. Stern is Visiting Professor, Center for German and European Studies and at the School of Foreign Service, at Georgetown University. The lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested by June 12 by calling (202) 488-6162.
Dr. Stern is also the Director of the Center for German Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Beer-Sheva, Israel. Dr. Stern is known for his work on the survival of German Jews in Berlin during World War II, the development of German-Jewish relations since 1945 and the evolution of public discourse on the Holocaust in postwar Germany. His latest book, Jews in the Minds of Germans: The Ambiguous Shadow on the Past in German Film and Literature is in preparation with Indiana University Press. Dr. Stern is a graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Free University in Berlin. He earned his Ph.D. at Tel-Aviv University in 1989.
The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Annual Lecture on the Holocaust, endowed by the Meyerhoff family, promotes excellence in and dissemination of Holocaust research. Lifelong residents of Baltimore, Maryland, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff were active philanthropists, supporting activities in the United States and abroad. Their generosity focused on Jewish learning and scholarship, as well as on music, the arts, and human services, a tradition upheld and expanded by their children and grandchildren. The Meyerhoff’s son, Harvey M. Meyerhoff, is Chairman Emeritus, United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
The Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies promotes the development of the field of Holocaust studies through research, fellowship programs, publications, and conferences. The Center is also linked with institutions of higher education through activities that foster quality teaching about the Holocaust at American colleges and universities. The Center has hosted the Meyerhoff Annual Lecture each year since 1995, excluding 1998.
A unique public-private partnership, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has welcomed more than 14 million visitors since it opened in April 1993. This May marked two decades of its founders’ visionary leadership with the opening of its newest exhibition, Flight and Rescue, the national Days of Remembrance ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, and an evening honoring the work of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust and its successor, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.