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 Hungarian Jews Experiences to be Topic of SRU Holocaust Remembrance 

 

SPOTLIGHT

4/7/2004

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

EXPERIENCE OF HUNGARIAN JEWS AT WAR’S ENDTOPIC OF SRU HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE

            SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Noted historian and award-winning lecturer Stephen Berk of Union College will detail “The Experience of the Hungarian Jews in the Holocaust” when Slippery Rock University’s department of government and public affairs presents its 10th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Program at 3 p.m. April 14.

           The free lecture, open to the public, will be held in Miller Auditorium. This year’s program is dedicated to the late Dr. Sylvan Cohen who initiated SRU’s annual remembrance program.

           Berk’s address will detail the final days of World War II, including German leader Adolf Eichmann’s order to move some 600,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where nearly all perished. Berk explains that despite Hitler’s death and the nearing Nazi’s loss, Eichmann interpreted Hitler’s will to mandate continued mass murder.

           Former chair of the history department at Union College, Berk was also involved in his university as director of the Program in Russian and Eastern European Studies and faculty advisor to the Jewish Student Organization. His classes are considered some of the most popular offered at Union. He is the author of “Year in Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882” published in 1985. He is currently working on “Our People Are Your People: American Jewry and the Struggle for Civil Rights 1954-1965,” which will provide a discussion of myths and misunderstandings that surround the black-Jewish relationship.

           He has served as a consultant to the Wiesenthal Holocaust Center in Los Angeles and produced a six-hour audiotape of his lectures on the Holocaust. Berk holds the Florence B. Sherwood Chair in History and Culture and in 1996 was presented the Holocaust Memorial Award from the Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center for his “dedication to understanding and education as a worldwide lecturer and spellbinding speaker on the lessons of the Holocaust and its meaning for today.”

           The program is being organized by Dr. Richard Martin, professor of government and public affairs.

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