LUNCH 11:45 a.m. LECTURE 12:15 p.m.
Due to the massive amounts of records it holds and its desire to balance privacy concerns with a concern for the history of the Holocaust, the ITS works with an almost two-year backlog in processing the 200,000 requests per year that it receives. In 2006, however, the International Committee of the ITS finally decided to open the Services documents and archives to researchers in all of its member states, the first step in the long process of enabling true public access to the archives.
Paul Shapiro, the Director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, has been at the forefront of the effort to open the archives of the ITS, testifying before Congress and encouraging worldwide efforts to track down Holocaust survivors while there is still time. Shapiro has been in charge of the Museums Center since 1997, before which he spent over a decade on archival research and acquisition for the Museum in Romania, Moldova, and the Ukraine.
Shapiro is a member of the Interagency Working Group on Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records, and contributed to the report of the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania, chaired by Elie Wiesel. Shapiros historical research was instrumental in the denaturalization and deportation case of Valerian Trifa, the Romanian Archbishop of the United States and a former Fascist leader in Romania.
Previously, Shapiro served in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Information Agency, where he administered the Fulbright Fellowship Program. He has also served as the associate editor of the journal Problems of Communism and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the International Affairs.
Shapiro has studied at Harvard University and Columbia University, and has been a Fulbright Scholar, and IREX Scholar, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University.
This lecture is the first annual H. and R. Auerbach Lecture and is made possible through the generosity of the H. and R. Auerbach Lecture Fund through the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights at CMC.