On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, as part of its annual Kristallnacht commemoration and in conjunction with the opening of the new Vilna: The Jerusalem of Lithuania exhibition in the Museum of Jewish Civilization, the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies will be hosting a special program on "Choiceless Choices: Leadership in Vilna During the Holocaust." The program will begin at 7:30pm in Wilde Auditorium, to be followed by a tour of the new exhibition in the Museum.
Dr. Richard Freund will provide an overview of the University of Hartford's excavations projects in Lithuania, which includes research at sites in Vilnius, Kaunas, and the killing fields in Ponar. Freund will also present on the most recent archaeological research on HKP and on the search for the head of the Jewish council in Vilna, Jacob Gens, at the Rasu Prison site in the former Vilna Ghetto. Dr. Michael Good (author of The Search for Major Plagge) will speak on the extraordinary case of Major Karl Plagge, a Nazi officer who rescued Jews. Dr. Avinoam Patt will serve as moderator.
Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.
Wilde Auditorium, Harry Jack Gray Center, University of Hartford
“Choiceless Choices: Leadership in Vilna During the Holocaust”
Major Karl Plagge Captain Jacob Gens
Moderator and Speaker:
Prof. Avinoam Patt
Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History,
Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies
Prof. Richard Freund
Director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies,
Greenberg Professor of Jewish History
Dr. Michael Good
Author of The Search for Major Plagge