Speakers will include Dr. Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles; Mark Weitzman, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, New York and director of the Task Force Against Hate and Terrorism; Dr. Gideon Greif, historian, educator and pedagogue; and Sarah Ogilvie and Scott Miller, both from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).
The series begins on July 23 and runs through July 26. All of the lectures are free and open to the public and will be held in the Herzstein Theater at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. Visit www.hmh.org/register.asp to register online.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to hear from some distinguished Holocaust scholars on different topics of interest, both current and historical,” said Susan Myers, the Museum’s executive director.
Berenbaum will speak on “Obligations, Implications and Consequences of Responding to Current Issues,” at 7 p.m. Monday, July 23. Berenbaum’s presentation will discuss global antisemitism as it applies to the 21st century.
Berenbaum is the executive editor of the new “Encyclopedia Judaica.” He is the author and editor of 16 books, a lecturer and a professor of theology of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University.
“Antisemitism: The Generic Hatred – Essays in Memory of Simone Wiesenthal” will be the focus of a presentation by Weitzman at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24. He will examine some of the reasons why antisemitism has prospered over the ages and persists in our time.
Weitzman coordinates the Simon Wiesenthal Center's research and activities on extremism, intergroup relations, the Internet and hate crimes.
Greif will lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. His topic, “They Wept Without Crying: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz,” will offer insight about the Sonderkommando, special squads of Jews assigned to work in the Nazi crematoria. Greif will discuss the moral and human challenges these prisoners faced.
Greif is a researcher, historian and has been working for more than 25 years at Yad Vashem in Israel.
Ogilvie and Miller will speak on “Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust.” They will discuss their research on the voyage of the St. Louis, a ship that sailed for Havana from Hamburg in 1939, carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees escaping Nazi Germany. The passengers were turned away in Havana and denied entry into the United States. The St. Louis was forced to return to Europe and many passengers eventually found themselves under Nazi rule.
Ogilvie is director of the National Institute of Holocaust Education at the USHMM and Miller is the director of the Benjamin and Vladka Meed Registry of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, also at the USHMM.
The Summer Lecture Series is sponsored by Holocaust Museum Houston in conjunction with the Summer Institute, a program designed to help current and future teachers from around the world teach their students about the Holocaust and other more current examples of genocide.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.