HOUSTON, TX (July 19, 2005) – Three nationally
known experts on the Holocaust and genocide in modern society will
keynote this year’s Summer Lecture Series sponsored by Holocaust Museum
The speakers include Mark Weitzman, director of the Simon Wiesenthal
Center – New York Tolerance Center and director of the Task Force
Against Hate and Terrorism; Dr. Susan Zuccotti, former professor of the
Holocaust and general Western European history at Columbia and Barnard
Colleges in New York; and William Meinecke, education division member
of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
All three lectures are free and open to the public and will be held
in the Herzstein Theater at Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline
St., in Houston’s Museum District.
"The Summer Lecture Series is an opportunity for people to learn
about the Holocaust and how its effects are still resonating in our
world today," said Tamara Savage, managing director of the Museum.
"There are many lessons still to be learned from the Holocaust, and it
is important that we see the connection between history and what is
happening in the world today in the areas of prejudice, intolerance and
Weitzman will speak on "Online Extremism in the Age of the Internet"
at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2005 as part of the Museum’s Cultural
Bridges program. His presentation will focus on the prevalence of
anti-Semitism throughout the world and its spread through the Internet.
Weitzman is a member of the official U.S. delegation to the Task
Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance
and Research and a board member and former vice president of the
Association of Holocaust Organizations.
Zuccotti will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2005 about the
roles of France and Italy and the Holocaust and explain how 85 percent
of the Jews in Italy managed to survive, despite the intense German
effort to deport them. She will consider the responses of Jews and
non-Jews to the persecution in Italy, specifically the anti-Jewish laws
of 1938 and 1939, the internment of foreign Jews, and the forced labor
program for Italian Jews.
Zuccotti has written three books that have discussed the roles of
Italians, French and Catholics during the Holocaust. Her first book,
"The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival"
received the National Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Studies in the
United States, and her book "Under His Very Windows: The Vatican and
the Holocaust in Italy" was given the National Jewish Book Award for
Jewish-Christian Relations and the Sybil Halpern Milton Prize of the
German Studies Association.
Meinecke will lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, 2005 on the
history of the Holocaust. Along with 6 million Jews, the Holocaust
claimed the lives of over 5 million more innocent people.
This speech will address the stories and lives of these individuals
and show how groups such as homosexuals and the handicapped also were
victims of Hitler’s wrath.
Meinecke spent many years at the Wexler Learning Center of the
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He was a prominent member on
the design team of the center’s multi-media program on the Holocaust,
the Historical Atlas of the Holocaust and the Student Learning Web site
on the Holocaust.
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 promotes awareness and educates the public
of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop
of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, understanding and education.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is
located in Houston's Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX
For more information about Holocaust Museum Houston, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.