Press Release: Graduate Center Holocaust Expert Honored in Hungary

Dr. Randolph Braham, perhaps the world's foremost authority on the Holocaust in Hungary, was honored in that country and presented with a festschrift on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The presentation was held in Budapest on December 13, and former Hungarian President Árp&aacuted Göncz was among the featured speakers. Professor Braham is director of the Rosenthal Institute of Holocaust Studies at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Forty leading members of the Hungarian historical community contributed to the 780-page festchrift, titled "Struggle for Truth," honoring Professor Braham's lifetime of work in studying the Hungarian Holocaust.

The presentation included a speaker from each of the organizations that initiated and sponsored the publication of the festschrift: P&eacuteter Tordai of the Association of Hungarian Jewish Congregations, G&aacutebor Iv&aacutenyi from Janos Wesley University, and Sándor Németh with the Faith Congregation. Hungarian Culture Minister Gábor Görgey also spoke in honor of Professor Braham, as did Graduate Center President Frances Degen Horowitz and Graduate Center and Queens College Professor Egon Mayer.

President Horowitz noted that "in his life's work, Randy Braham has exemplified the responsibility to remember and to bear witness so that there can be no forgetting."

Professor Braham is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science Emeritus with The Graduate Center and City College. An internationally recognized authority on the Holocaust, he is the author or editor of 50 books and has co-authored or contributed chapters to 33 others. He has also written dozens of scholarly articles, reviews, and encyclopedia entries. Some of his works have been used by courts of law both in the U.S. and abroad in cases involving restitution and war crimes. His two-volume The Politics of Genocide: The Holocaust in Hungary (Columbia University Press, 1981) has been acknowledged as a "monumental" and "definitive" empirical work. It was selected for the 1981 Jewish National Book Award and earned citations from the New York State Assembly and in the Congressional Record. In 1995 he was awarded the Order of Merit Officer's Cross of the Hungarian Empire, and he served as advisor and on-screen commentator for Steven Spielberg's acclaimed 1998 Oscar-winning documentary about the Holocaust in Hungary, The Last Days.

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Submitted on: DEC 13, 2002

Category: Center for Jewish Studies - Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, Press Room