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Aug. 28, 2006
Contact: Victor Bailey, Hall Center for the Humanities, (785) 864-7822.

Holocaust Memorial Museum fellows to speak at KUís Hall Center

LAWRENCE — Two senior Israeli scholars will help the University of Kansas kick off its 2006 Jewish Lecture Series when they speak on the topic of “Conflicting Memories of the Holocaust” at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the Hall Center for Humanities.

Daniel Blatman and Renée Poznanski, visiting fellows at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., will address continuing debates over the extent to which the local populations of Poland and France actively participated with the Nazis.

“Drs. Blatman and Poznanski are among the leading scholars in the world in their fields,” said John Sweets, KU professor of history. “We are fortunate to have access to their cutting edge research on this controversial topic.”

Blatman, speaking on “The Indefinite Identity of the Victim: Poles, Jews and the Conflicting Memory of the Holocaust,” is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The recipient of the Jacob Buchman Prize for the Memory of the Holocaust and the Pridan Prize for Studies in East European Jewish History, he has held visiting professorships at Tel Aviv University, New York University and Georgetown University.

Poznanski, the Yaakov and Poria Avnon Professor of Holocaust Studies in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University, will present “Jewish Voices in a ‘Strange Silence’: Jews and the Shoah in France after Vichy.” Also a recipient of the Jacob Buchman Prize for the Memory of the Holocaust, she is the winner of the 2002 Koret Jewish Book Award in History and the Henri Hertz Prize of the Rectorat of Paris.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Graduate School and International Programs, the Department of History, the Jewish studies program, the Office of the Provost and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. For more information, please contact the Hall Center at hallcenter@ku.edu or call (785) 864-4798.

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