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Holocaust Resource Center at Kean University Hosts Fall Events

UNION, NJ - The Holocaust Resource Center at Kean University held its annual Murray Pantirer Memorial Lecture on November 29 in Wilkins Theatre. Dr. Omer Bartov, the John P. Birkelunch Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University, gave a poignant seminar titled Genocide in a Multi-ethnic Town: Mass Murder in Galicia.

Bartov is a noted historian, renowned lecturer and leading authority on genocide. An author of seven books and the editor of three volumes, Bartov explored the places of his motherís youth in his latest published work, Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine. Through his research on the events surrounding the Holocaust in this region, Bartov also addresses the complexities of Ukrainian memory and collective struggle to accept responsibility for their role in those events.

On November 30, the Holocaust Resource Center collaborated with the Diversity Council to welcome more than 670 students from a dozen school districts across the state to a lecture and discussion led by Dr. Leon Bass.

A U.S. Army veteran who was born and raised in Philadelphia, Bass was a soldier with Gen. George Patton’s Third Army. His small, segregated unit was among the first to provide help to the Holocaust survivors of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in central Germany. A former educator and liberator, Bass continues to share his story at colleges, universities, service academies and religion institutions.

Both events were sponsored by the Holocaust Resource Foundation.

The mandate of the Holocaust Resource Center is to commemorate and strengthen education about the Holocaust. One of the Center’s most dynamic endeavors is its annual free lecture series, which has attracted thousands of high school, undergraduate and graduate students as well as college faculty and community residents.

As this year’s guest lecturers, Bartov and Bass join a distinctive group of scholars, theologians and dignitaries such as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel, Rabbi Israel M. Lau and actor Robert Clay. Videos of the lectures are available at the extensive HRC library, as is a collection of more than 250 oral testimonies from liberators and survivors.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.