Steven Katz visits Europe

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April 10th, 2013

Steven T. Katz, CAS, Slater Professor of Jewish and Holocaust Studies (Religion Department) and Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies was recently invited to lecture in several European countries primarily in his role as Academic Advisor to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, a union of 31 countries that encourages Holocaust education, research and remembrance. In December 2012 Prof. Katz was in Liege, Belgium at the Plenary meeting of the IHRA. In January he was invited by the Spanish government to participate in the annual Holocaust Memorial ceremony in Madrid at the Parliament building. He was invited to light one of the six candles on the occasion of the commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz and to give a lecture. He also met with senior officials of the ministries of education and justice. Following that, he went to Dublin at the invitation of the Irish government and spoke at their Holocaust memorial event in the Mayor’s Palace in Dublin . He met with the Minister of Education and Justice and lectured at Trinity College and at the Irish-Jewish Historical Museum. He then went onto London for discussions with British officials and gave a lecture at the Wiener Library. In March, as a guest of the Greek government and the Thessaloniki Jewish community, he spoke at the official commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Jews from Thessaloniki and met with the Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras and the Mayor of Thessaloniki about creating Holocaust educational programs. In April, as a guest of the Hungarian government, he will be meeting with government officials in Budapest about Holocaust matters and recent antisemitic political activity. After that, as a guest of the Polish government, he will attend the “pre-opening” of the new Jewish Museum in Warsaw, meet with government officials on matters of mutual concern, and lecture in Warsaw at the Jewish Historical Association and in several venues in Krakow.

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