Seton Hill Holocaust conference to address role of women as ‘victims, rescuers, perpetrators’
The 11th triennial Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference at Seton Hill University next month will focus on the theme “Women, the Holocaust and Genocide.”
The conference, scheduled for Oct. 21-23 at the Greensburg campus, is primarily for Catholic educators who teach about the Holocaust and the causes of anti-semitism. However, the keynote address at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and the Nostra Aetate Award presentation at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 are free and open to the public.
Conference presenters will focus on the role of women as victims, rescuers, bystanders and perpetrators during the Holocaust.
The keynote speaker will be Wendy Lower, chair of the history department at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., and author of “Nazi Empire-Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine.” Lower will speak on “Perpetrator Behavior: Lessons from the Holocaust.”
This year’s recipient of the Nostra Aetate Award is Victoria Barnett, director of the programs on Ethics, Religion and the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, general editor of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, and author of “For the Soul of the People: Protestant Protest Against Hitler.”
The award is named for the Vatican II document addressing the Catholic Church’s relations with Judaism and other world religions.
Barnett will speak on “Women’s Interfaith Activism and Resistance: A Case Study from the Holocaust.”
Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, [email protected] or via Twitter @shuba_trib.