Duquesne University Professor’s Role in Finding Lost Escape Tunnel Highlighted in NOVA Film About the Holocaust

For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilnius was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world, earning the title "Jerusalem of the North," until the Nazis destroyed it. About 95 percent of the Jewish population there was murdered and its synagogues and institutions were reduced to ruins.

Now, an international team of archaeologists, scientists and geophysicists, including Dr. Philip Reeder, dean of Duquesne's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, is working to recover this lost world. They are excavating the remains and hoping to uncover one of Vilnius' greatest secrets: a lost escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners inside a horrific Nazi execution site.

On Wednesday, April 19, at 9 p.m., NOVA's "Holocaust Escape Tunnel" will premiere on PBS. The film was screened last month at a special event at the Omni William Penn Hotel, which was followed by a panel discussion.

For more information, visit the PBS website.

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