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Exploring Yad Vashem’s “Righteous Among the Nations” Program

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Exploring Yad Vashem’s “Righteous Among the Nations” Program

Lecturer: Dr. Mordecai Paldiel

Thursday, September 28th 4-6pm

NEH 2017-18 Event: Complicity & Collaboration

While episodes of genocide spotlight the worst of humanity, it can also reveal instances of true compassion, oftentimes in the attempts that regular civilians make in efforts to save their fellow man. During the dark and bleak days of the Nazi regime, despite all the institutional barriers, there were ordinary people who risked their own lives and safety in order to shelter and smuggle Jews. Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, lecturer at Yeshiva University and Queens College, is the former Director of the Department for the Righteous at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Paldiel has written a seminal work on rescue efforts, aptly titled, The Righteous Among the Nations: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust. Other publications include: Churches and the Holocaust: Unholy Teaching, Good Samaritans and Reconciliation; Diplomat Heroes of the Holocaust; and Saving the Jews: Men and Women who Defied the Final Solution. In this lecture, he will discuss the efforts by the state of Israel and Yad Vashem to commemorate and recognize those heroes of the Holocaust. He will answer questions such as: what are the circumstances for rescue, and what differentiates these active bystanders from the majority of passive bystanders who remain complicit with their silence and inaction? Witness the best of humanity during the worst of times with this renowned guest speaker.

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