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Time and History Politics, Memory and Identity: The Shifting Consciousness of the Holocaust

The effect of memory on thinking about ethical questions is of importance to any study of the Holocaust. In this Athenaeum lecture Michael Berenbaum will address the importance of memory to issues of ethics, education and the future of Holocaust studies. He will consider: what happens to the memory of such a catastrophic event? Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and museum development consultant. For three years he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and previously served as Director of the US Holocaust Research Institute at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing its creation. Berenbaum is the author and editor of twelve books, scores of scholarly articles and hundreds of journalistic pieces including his book, After Tragedy and Triumph: Modern Jewish Thought and the American Experience (1991). In film, his work as co-producer of "One Survivor Remembers: The Gerda Weissman Klein Story" (1995), was recognized with an Academy award, an Emmy Award and the Cable Ace Award. Currently, Berenbaum is director of the Sigi Ziering Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Ethics at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Theology. Berenbaum is a graduate of Queens College (BA) and Florida State University (Ph.D) and has also studied at the Hebrew University, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Boston University. Michael Berenbaum is currently in residence at CMC as the William F. Podlich Distinguished Visitor. This evening's lecture will followed with a panel on the role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust (February 18) and by an additional lecture by Berenbaum on the building of institutions, such as museums, that have ethical memorialization as their mission (February 25).