In the weeks after the first national Holocaust Day, the University of Leicester is hosting a public lecture that addresses critical issues relating to this and future generations.
‘Surviving the Survivors: The Memory of the Holocaust in a post-Holocaust World’ is the lecture to be delivered by Professor Deborah Lipstadt, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, Georgia, USA.
Professor Lipstadt was the centre of a noted trial as a result of her book, Denying the Holocaust. In that book she had gone on record as attacking those who sought to deny the Holocaust and its impact upon historical thought and teaching. She was sued for libel, but the verdict was a triumph for her.
The Stanley Burton Centre at the University, in conjunction with the Elchanan Elkes Association for Inter-Community Understanding, has organised the Ninth Elchanan and Miriam Elkes Memorial Lecture which will be delivered on Monday, 12th March, 5:30pm, Ken Edwards Building.
Her lecture will examine the issues which arise as result of the inevitable passing of those who had actual and personal experience of the events of the Holocaust.
The annual Elchanan and Miriam Elkes Memorial Lecture was established to pay tribute to the heroic memory of Dr Elkes and his wife who after 1941 stood up to the destroyers of the Jewish community in Kovno, of which he was the head. Its aim is to bring to the attention of a wide public, Jewish and non-Jewish, academic and lay, the story of the destruction of the Jewish communities in Eastern Europe.
Those who have lectured in the past include Professor Joel Elkes (son of Dr Elkes), Sir Martin Gilbert, Professor Yehuda Bauer (of Jerusalem), and Professor Steven Katz (of Boston University). The Stanley Burton Centre is delighted that Professor Lipstadt has accepted this invitation.
The lecture will be held in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Ken Edwards Building on the University Campus, University Road, Leicester at 5:30pm on Monday 12th March. It is open to all members of the public and admission is free.
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An opportunity for a photocall will be made available by request. For further details please contact Professor Aubrey Newman, Joint Honorary Director of the Stanley Burton Centre, on 0116 252 2802.
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