Jewish sacred buildings in post-Holocaust era to be topic of Rodgers Center lecture


A shell of a synagogue damaged during the Holocaust still stands in Vitebsk, Belarus.

A shell of a synagogue damaged during the Holocaust still stands in Vitebsk, Belarus.


“Silent Witness: Jewish Community Buildings after the Holocaust” will be the topic of the next talk in the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education 2012-2013 lecture series, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Beckman Hall, Room 404.

In this illustrated lecture, Jeffrey Koerber, research associate with the Department of History and the Rodgers Center and a Ph.D. candidate at Clark University, explores what has happened to the synagogues,
mikvehs
, and other Jewish community buildings that survived World War II and the Holocaust. Once vital to Jewish community life in Poland and Belarus, what, if any, role do they have in societies that now have few or no Jews?

A former preservation architect and current research associate in the department of history and the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, Koerber will share his research on these buildings and what their future may be.

The lecture is free and open to the public. More information is available at
www.chapman.edu/holocausteducation
.

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