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Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches

Monroe Community College and the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project will host the 42nd Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches (ASC) May 12-14, 2012. The ASC is the oldest interdisciplinary, interfaith, and international gathering on this topic in the United States.

Plenary and breakout sessions will feature scholars from around the world, including historians, theologians, philosophers, teachers, artists and poets, reflecting on the Holocaust and the response of the churches to the rise of German National Socialism (1933-1945), while focusing upon this year’s conference theme: 70 Years Later: The Lingering Shadow of Wannsee*.

The conference will culminate in a keynote presentation on Monday evening, May 14 by Michael Berenbaum entitled “Is the Shoah the Perfect Storm of Genocide?” The keynote, as well as the conference, is open to the community. Student leaders of the HGHRP will serve as MCC ambassadors during the conference.

The ASC has been organized in partnership with local community organizations such as the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester,  the Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester.

To learn more about the conference, please visit or contact the HGHGP at <>.

* Wannsee is the suburb of Berlin, Germany where senior Nazi officials met in January 1942 to inform administrators of the Final solution to the Jewish question.” Wannsee House is now a Holocaust memorial. Wolf Kaiser, deputy director of the House of the Wannsee Conference and head of its Educational Department, will present at the ASC on Sunday morning, May 13 in the Warshof Conference Center.

Michael McDonough
Provost and Vice President, Academic Services