December 2, 2003
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MUSEUM EXAMINES ANTISEMITISM DURING THE HOLOCAUST AND TODAY
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will explore antisemitism in the context of Holocaust history and its troubling resurgence today. An evening roundtable will explore contemporary antisemitism, from recent events in Europe, to statements from leaders in the Islamic world, to the controversy surrounding an upcoming Hollywood film, and why these developments are of great concern. The afternoon panel presentation will explore the role of antisemitism in Germany’s churches and how it contributed to the Holocaust.
Both programs will be held on Thursday, December 18 at the Museum.
- 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., roundtable discussion: How Deep Are the Roots? Antisemitism, the Holocaust and Now. Moderator: Margaret Obrecht, Director, Church Relations, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Panelists: Robert P. Ericksen, Professor of History, Pacific Lutheran University; Fr. John T. Pawlikowski, President, International Council of Christians and Jews; Aron Rodrigue, Chair, Jewish Studies, Stanford University
- 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., panel presentation: Antisemitism, German Churches, and the Holocaust. Moderator: Suzanne Brown-Fleming, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Panelists: William I. Brustein, University of Pittsburgh; Victoria Barnett, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Kevin Spicer, Stonehill College
Both programs are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by calling 202-488-6162.
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 colleges, universities and other post-secondary institutions of higher education through activities that foster quality teaching about the Holocaust at American colleges and universities.
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Media Notes: Media interested in attending either program or interviewing any of the participants should contact Andy Hollinger in the Museum’s Media Relations Office at 202-488-6133 or email@example.com.