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Leading Holocaust Scholar Explores the ‘Perfect Storm of Genocide’

Holocaust scholar and author Michael Berenbaum will present “Is the Shoah the Perfect Storm of Genocide?” 7 p.m. Monday, May 14 at Monroe Community College. His presentation is the keynote for the 42nd Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches, hosted by MCC. The presentation will be held in the theatre, building 4; parking will be available in Lot F. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door (general public: $7 per person; free with MCC ID).

Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films. He is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism) where he is also a professor of Jewish studies. For the past three years, he was president and chief executive officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. He was the director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; from 1988–1993 he served as project director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing its creation. He also served as director of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, opinion page editor of the Washington Jewish Week and deputy director of the President's Commission on the Holocaust where he authored its Report to the President. Berenbaum is the author and editor of 20 books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of journalistic pieces.

The 42nd Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches (ASC) offers scholars and community members the opportunity to remember, learn, and explore the profound lessons of the Holocaust. It is the oldest interdisciplinary, interfaith and international gathering on this topic in the United States.

Led by MCC Professor of Psychology and Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project Director Charles Clarke, the conference planning committee brings together representatives of local faith, cultural and educational organizations, including MCC. Plenary and breakout sessions during the conference will feature scholars from around the world, including historians, theologians, philosophers, teachers, artists and poets, reflecting on the Holocaust and contemporary threats to Holocaust memory. Presenting scholars include representatives of more than 40 educational, research and human rights organizations. This year’s conference theme, 70 Years Later: The Lingering Shadow of Wannsee, also invites participants to investigate the facts of and changes since the Wannsee Conference (1942) where the Nazis formally determined the “Final Solution.”

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