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Holocaust Studies

US Holocaust Memorial Museum


cordially invites you to the

15th Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Annual Lecture

Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust: A Reassessment

1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies and Professor of History University of California at Los Angeles

Tuesday, November 3
7-8:30 p.m.

Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Theater
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, D.C.

A reception follows the lecture.
Reservations are requested; please call 202.488.6162 or
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This program has been made possible by a grant from the Meyerhoff family.

THE JOSEPH AND REBECCA MEYERHOFF ANNUAL LECTURE honors excellence in research on the Holocaust and fosters dissemination of important, new Holocaust scholarship. Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff of Baltimore, Maryland, were active philanthropists in the United States and abroad, focusing especially on Jewish Learning and scholarship, music, the arts, and humanitarian causes. Their children, Eleanor Katz and Harvey M. Meyerhoff, member and chairman emeritus, United States Holocaust Memorial Council, have endowed this lecture.

SAUL P. FRIEDLANDER, one of the most renowned Holocaust historians in the world, is the 1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies and Professor of History at the University of California at Los Angeles. A Holocaust survivor who was hidden by a Catholic family during World War II, he is the author of Nazi Germany and the Jews: The Years of Extermination (vol. 2, 2007); Nazi Germany and the Jews: The Years of Persecution, 1933−1939 (vol. 1, 1997); Reflections of Nazism (1984); Kurt Gerstein (1970); and Pius XII and the Third Reich (English edition, 1965), which launched the scholarly debate on Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust. In his lecture, he will revisit this subject based on the research, reading, and reflection he has undertaken within the last several years.

NEWS: Only Video of Anne Frank Released

From The New York Times News Blog October 5, 2009, 11:16 am

A Brief Glimpse of Anne Frank on Film By Robert Mackey 

The Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, which preserves the memory of the young diarist who died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, posted the only known film footage of Anne Frank on a new YouTube channel launched last week. According to the museum, the film was shot on July 22, 1941, to record the wedding of a woman who lived next door to the Franks. About nine seconds in to the silent film embedded above, the camera tilts up from the bride and groom to show young Anne leaning out of the window of her house to see them.

In the five days since the channel was launched, the video has already been viewed more than 1.6 million times.

Adam Gabbatt of The Guardian reported on Friday: “A shorter, five-second version of the video was given to Otto Frank, Anne’s father, by the married couple in the 1950s. After Anne’s published diary became widely known in the 1950s the couple recognized her in the film and contacted Otto.” The couple, who are still alive, gave the museum the longer version of the clip in the 1990s.

The video channel also includes this excerpt from a moving interview with Otto Frank, Anne’s father, filmed in 1967 in one of the rooms the family hid in during World War II:


BERLIN - Germany's Cabinet agreed Wednesday to open to researchers an archive of millions of Nazi files that describe the mechanics of the Holocaust. The accord will likely be signed July 26 in Berlin, Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said.
History Demands an Uncompromised Home for Shoah Archive
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims
Conference) is establishing a Worldwide Shoah Memoirs Collection in
electronic form of previously unpublished or unavailable memoirs
written by survivors of the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel is serving as
Honorary Chairman for this program. Joining in this effort are Yad
Vashem, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the M?morial de
la Shoah/Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine, the Jewish
Historical Institute and the Holocaust Survivors Memoirs Project.
We are asking you to encourage all survivors and their families to
submit their manuscripts.

Keep the Memory Alive
Project carried out by Holocaust and Genocide survivors for the Holocaust Memorial Day 2015.

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