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MDC to Host Scholarly Lectures for Holocaust Education Month


Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, an author, architectural historian and professor of the University of Waterloo.

Miami, February 6, 2013 - In observance of Holocaust Education Month, Miami Dade College (MDC), in cooperation with the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial, will host three lecture presentations on Feb. 7, 19 and 26. The informative, deeply moving presentations will be held at MDC’s Homestead, Kendall, and Hialeah campuses and feature noted scholars on the holocaust. The lectures are free and open to the public. MDC is renowned for its holocaust and genocide education program based at Homestead Campus and with communitywide programs and projects.

On Feb. 7, Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, an author, architectural historian and professor of the University of Waterloo, will present Life at the Edge: David Koker’s Concentration Camp Diary, 1943-1944, which examines a Dutch student’s accounts of living in a concentration camp. The presentation will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104 St., Room 6120 (Building 6).

On Feb. 19, Dr. Thomas Bryant, a professor of history at Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin–University of Applied Sciences, will present How Did Nazi Propaganda Impact the Youth of Germany? Thediscussion will explore Nazi propaganda that was targeted at school children and examine its insidious affects. The presentation with take place 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Homestead Campus, 500 College Terr., Room F222.

Lastly, on Feb. 26, Michaela Tomova, Chair of MDC’s InterAmerican Campus English and Communications Department, will present Beyond Hitler’s Grasp: Saving the Jews in Bulgaria. The discussion will center on the Bulgarian Rescue of 1944, when the Republic of Bulgaria refused to deport Jews to Nazi Germany. The lecture will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Hialeah Campus, 1780 W. 49th St., Rooms 1119-1120.

MDC established a partnership with the Holocaust Memorial six years ago, and has since hosted more than two dozen events, with nearly 10,000 people attending collectively college-wide.

For more information, contact MDC Humanities & Social Sciences Chairperson Randy Kaufman at 305-237-5267.

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