33rd Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust

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The 33rd Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches convened March 1-4, 2003, in Philadelphia, PA. Sponsored by Philadelphia's Jesuit Saint Joseph's University, in cooperation with Yad Vashem (Jerusalem), Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, the Philadelphia Center on the Holocaust, Genocide, & Human Rights, and the Pennsylvania Holocaust Education Task Force, it drew 215 registrants from across the United States and eleven other countries, including Australia, Denmark, England, France, Israel, and Russia. There were four plenary sessions: "Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights" (Shimon Samuels), "Genocide Studies and Human Rights Education: Problems and Possibilities" (Paul Bartrop, William R. Femekes, and Samuel Totten), "Resilience and Courage: Women, Men, and the Holocaust" (Nechama Tec), and "Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Justice" (David Patterson, John Roth, Peter Haas, Henry F. Knight, and Leonard Grob).

Luncheon addresses were delivered by Racelle Weiman on American Jewish responsibility or lack thereof during the Event; Richard L. Rubenstein on Christian ethics and myths after the Shoah; and Sibylle Sarah Niemoeller von Sell on responsibility and disobedience as exhibited by the life and teaching of her late husband, Pastor Martin Niemoeller. The annual conference dinner was addressed by Henry F. Knight, who gave a moving tribute on Dr. Lucja Frey Gottesman, a Polish neurologist and imminent scientist who perished at the hands of the Nazis in 1943. The Eternal Flame Award was presented to Nicholas Rashford, S.J., President of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia by Conference co-founder, Franklin H. Littell, followed by an address by the Honorable Miles Lerman, Chairperson Emeritus of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. …