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Holocaust Panelists to Lead Intergenerational Discussion

Holocaust literature focusing on children, teens and those who conspired to save Jews will be examined by Duquesne University panelists in conjunction with the exhibit A Blessing to One Another, which follows the life of Pope John Paul II and his relationship with the Jewish people. 

The panel presentation will concentrate on literature arising from the Nazi occupation of Poland, 1939-1945, when Karol Wojtyla was 19 to 25 years old and many of his childhood Jewish friends and their families were sent to their deaths in concentration camps.

The presenters hope to spark intergenerational discussion through the free presentations, which are intended for teachers, as well as teens, parents and youth leaders.

The panel, entitled The Life of Pope John Paul II Inspires the Reading of Holocaust Literature, will delve into the following topics:

  • “Literature for Children on the Holocaust,” addressed by Kathleen DeRose, administrator, Mylan School of Pharmacy. DeRose participated in a month-long institute at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and will make a presentation at the International Congress of Hungarian Studies in August.
  • “Holocaust Literature for Adolescents,” presented by Dr. Wayne C. Brinda, assistant professor, School of Education  and a museum fellow recipient at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • “Polish Refugees in Hungary during WWII and Righteous Gentile Rescuers,” given by Dr. Ruth G. Biro, associate professor, School of Education. A portion of the paper she presented on Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who was credited with saving thousands of Hungarian Jews from death, was published by the International Institute for Holocaust Studies.  Biro also participated in a month-long institute at Yad Vashem.

All three participants have presented Holocaust papers at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where Pope John Paul II had studied, and at the Central European University in Budapest.

The Blessing exhibit is free and on campus in Mellon Hall through Aug. 11. The exhibit will be open before and after the presentation.

Regular exhibit hours are noon to 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

Where: Duquesne Room, Duquesne Union

When: Thursday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m.

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