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2012.12.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Holocaust Exhibit, Lectures at Criss Library in January

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and the Council for Holocaust and Genocide Studies are excited to announce the opening of “Future, Beware,” a Holocaust photography exhibit, on Monday, Jan. 7, along with three accompanying lectures throughout the month of January.

The exhibit, which features work by Omaha’s Ophir Palmon, visually chronicles an exploration of Holocaust sites in Poland and Israel by Jewish-American teens. The photographs will be on display in the Osborne Family Gallery on the first floor of the Criss Library on UNO’s Dodge Campus. The gallery will also host each of three lectures, which are open to the public.

“With all that we have learned, we still ask: How many repeated lessons will history need to teach before we are safe as people and a society from becoming involved in the next genocide, whether as a victim, bystander, or even perpetrator,” Palmon’s artist statement reads.

The exhibit, which runs until Friday, Feb. 22, is free and open to the public. There will be an opening reception hosted by the UNO Department of History on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

In conjunction with the exhibit, there will be three lectures given on subjects relating to the Holocaust. These lectures are also free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m., Waitman W. Beorn, Ph.D., an assistant professor of history and Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, will give a lecture titled “Auschwitz: A History of the Camp from Incarceration to Extermination.”

On Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., UNO will welcome Gerald Steinacher, Ph.D., UNL’s Hyman Rosenberg Professor of Judaic Studies, to present a lecture titled “Escaping Nuremberg: How Adolf Eichmann Fled Justice.” Steinacher recently published a book called “Nazis on the Run,” which focuses on the getaways of Nazi war criminals after World War II. In addition to Steinacher’s lecture, the Criss Library will receive an original copy of the 1961 Eichmann trial transcript, which is being donated by Sam Fried, a survivor of Auschwitz and Omaha resident.

In 2007, Fried and his wife created the Frances and Sam Fried Holocaust Education Fund (formerly the Heartland Holocaust Educational Fund) to provide funding for Holocaust and Genocide education courses across Nebraska.

The keynote lecture of the exhibit will be given on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. by Paul Jaskot, Ph.D. and professor of the history of art and architecture at DePaul University. The lecture is titled “The Ambitions of the SS in the East: Visualizing the Built Environment of Auschwitz.” Jaskot’s most recent book is “The Nazi Perpetrator: Postwar German Art and the Politics of the Right.”

Each lecture will include time for questions with the speakers.

For questions about the exhibit or accompanying lectures, contact Waitman Beorn at wbeorn@unomaha.edu or by phone at 402.554.2604. The artist can also be contacted at 402.597.6842 or by email at ophir@avpol.com.

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