Renowned Holocaust Expert to Discuss Notorious Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Free Public Lecture

HOUSTON, TX (June 8, 2011) – Dr. Gideon Greif, a distinguished Israeli historian, author and renowned expert on the Holocaust, will discuss the operations and functioning of the notorious death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in the free public lecture “They All Disappeared as if the Soil Swallowed Them: The Death Factory Auschwitz,” scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2011.

Greif’s discussion about the procedures and regulations of Auschwitz-Birkenau will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater at Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Seating is limited, and advanced registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

In preparation for his upcoming year serving as a visiting professor at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, Greif returns to Houston to speak on the subject closest to his research on the Holocaust, the death factory Auschwitz-Birkenau, where more than 1 million prisoners perished in the gas chambers.

His lecture will explore, in particular, the history of the Sonderkommando, a special detail of Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau who were forced to facilitate the mass exterminations. His acclaimed book on this topic, “We Wept Without Tears – Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommandos in Auschwitz”, has been published in Hebrew, German, Polish, Danish and English (Yale University Press, 2005).

Greif, a well-published scholar who has also worked on film documentaries, served from 1983 to 2009 as a researcher and lecturer at Yad VaShem, Israel. He also was visiting professor at The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami in 2001.

This lecture is held as a part of the Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers and is generously supported by The Warren Fellowship Fund. This educator training project has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. and is presented with special thanks to United Airlines, the official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

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’s Morgan Family Center 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.

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