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“The Church is Not Afraid of History:” The Opening of the Vatican Archives

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The Hal Israel Endowed Lecture in Jewish-Catholic Relations, ft. Dr. Suzanne Brown-Fleming, Director of Int'l. Academic Programs, USHMM

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The Hal Israel Endowed Lecture in Jewish-Catholic Relations is named in memory of Hal Israel (C'92) and seeks to facilitate dialogue and strengthen ties between Jews and Catholics. It explores the many ways in which members of these two faiths continue to replace ancient prejudices with cooperation and understanding in today's world.

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In March 2019, when Pope Francis opened the archives for the pontificate of Pope Pius XII (1939-1958), His Holiness marked this momentous occasion with the phrase "the Church is not afraid of history." The archives opened to researchers in March 2020 for only four days before the COVID pandemic required closing them. Since their reopening in June, the international research community has begun their work in one of the most consequential archives for study of the Holocaust in our lifetime. Dr. Brown-Fleming will reflect on key questions about the Holocaust the archives could help answer and the meaning of this research for Jewish-Christian relations going forward.

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Dr. Brown-Fleming is the Director of International Academic Programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Brown-Fleming’s work has been featured in the Catholic News Service (CNS), Catholic News Agency (CNA), and The Catholic Virginian. She has appeared on Cable News Network (CNN), EWTN Global Catholic Television Network, and several documentaries, including Holy Silence (2019).

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