Press Release: International Scholars’ Conference to Mark 60th Anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary

Spring 2004 will mark the passing of 60 years since the ghettoization, deportation and destruction of hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington, DC and the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies of The Graduate Center of the City University of New York are organizing a major international scholars’ conference to coincide with the worldwide commemoration of the Holocaust in Hungary.

The conference, "The Holocaust in Hungary: Sixty Years Later," will be held in Washington at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on March 16-18, 2004. In coordination with this conference, the Holocaust Documentation Center and Memorial Collection Public Foundation of Budapest is organizing an International Scholars’ Conference, "A European Perspective: The Holocaust in Hungary Sixty Years Later," which will take place in Budapest on April 16-18, 2004.

These joint conferences in Washington, DC and Budapest aim, among other things, to utilize international cooperation and scholarship, to synthesize the results of recent scholarly investigations, and to evaluate the historical lessons of the Holocaust. They will highlight cutting-edge research and documentation on the Holocaust in Hungary and its postwar ramifications. Eminent scholars and specialists from Britain, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Romania, the United States and other parts of the world are expected to participate.

The Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies is one of the five institutes comprising the Center for Jewish Studies of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The Rosenthal Institute sponsors lectures as well as a variety of teaching, research, and scholarship programs. It also publishes a Holocaust Studies Series in cooperation with Social Science Research Monographs of Boulder, Colorado.

The Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies promotes the development of the field of Holocaust studies through research, fellowship programs, publications, and conferences. The Center is also linked with institutions of higher education through activities that foster quality teaching about the Holocaust at American colleges and universities.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America’s national institution for the documentation, study and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. Since opening in April 1993, the Museum has welcomed 20 million visitors. The Museum’s primary mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. According to the most recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions.

Submitted on: JAN 1, 2004

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