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The History of the Holocaust with Brendan Murphy
Mon, Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
AA's Antisemitism Task Force [as part of ADL's (Anti-Defamation League) Kulanu Initiaitve] invites you to participate in this three-part learning series on the history of the Holocaust. The study of the Holocaust is a humanizing endeavor, a journey through the past that helps us reconsider how we understand ourselves as human beings. As Pope Francis said while visiting the Great Synagogue in Rome, "The Holocaust teaches us to always maintain the highest level of vigilance in order to be able to intervene immediately in the defense of human dignity and peace."
Session 1: The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. During this first evening we will trace the long and tragic history of antisemitism to help us confront one of the central questions to understanding the history of the Holocaust: why the Jews?
Session 2: For our second evening together, we will look directly at the history of the Holocaust from the rise of the Nazi party to the end of World War II.
Session 3: For our final evening together we will bear witness to the Holocaust by hearing from World War II veteran, Hilbert Margol, who as a member of the 42nd Infantry "Rainbow" Division fought across Europe serving in the Alsace, Ardennes, and Rhineland campaigns, until their unit found there way to southern Germany where they liberated the Dachau Concentration Camp in April, 1945. In preparation for Hilbert's presentation participants should view the documentary film The Last Days which can be found on Netflix and other streaming services.
Mr. Murphy has been a social studies teacher for 27 years. He was recently awarded the 2017 Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award and Marist School's Faber-McKinley-Stadler Award. In 2013-2014, he was awarded Marist School's Goizueta Chair of Excellence. In 2009, he was named Educator of the Year by University of Notre Dame; and in 2009 and 2016, he was named Georgia Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. He also has been named a Mandel Fellow by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a Lerner Fellow by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.
The cost to register is $95 per person. The deadline to register is Friday, January 20.