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Holocaust's horror comes to forefront


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001

The faces of the Holocaust are hard to forget.

Movies such as Schindler's List and books like The Diary of Anne Frank depict wretched images of emaciated bodies and sorrowful expressions.

In school, we learn about women and children grasping for life, their mouths reaching for vents releasing poison, hoping to find a breath of life. We hear stories of men working long hours for scraps of bread, only to be shot for staying out past curfew. We view pictures of mass graves and torturous experiments.

Yet, to contemporary society, the Holocaust seems to be just another page from a textbook, a snippet of world history.

Dr. Yehuda Bauer, chairman of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, will attempt to alter this perception through his lecture, "Holocaust and Genocide: The Specific Threat and the Universal Dimensions," on Tuesday at the University of South Florida.

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Bauer immigrated to Israel in 1939 at age 13. He served in the Palmach forces of the Hagnanah (Jewish Underground) and in Israel's War of Independence during the late 1940s. After attending the University of Wales at Cardiff, Bauer obtained his doctorate from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Bauer has contributed to numerous scholarly journals and is the author of Jews for Sale? and History of the Holocaust. Before the lecture, he will sign copies of his latest book Rethinking the Holocaust.

Bauer's lecture is part of the Von Rosenstiel Lecture Series. The series hosts speakers who attempt to explain the significance of the 20th century's tragic events and "determine what can be done to prevent their recurrence."

If you go

WHAT: A University of South Florida Library Lecture Series event featuring historian Yehuda Bauer

WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: USF Tampa campus, Phyllis P. Marshall Center Ballroom

COST: Free

CALL: (813) 974-2721

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