Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center Holds Several April Events

Lineup includes book discussions by authors Jasha Levi and Nina Wolff

Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education (HGI) Center will be significantly active in April, sponsoring a variety of lectures and events beginning April 4.

“The HGI Center remains committed to the events this spring that encourage social justice, courage of survival and commemorating the Holocaust,” said Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of the HGI Center and assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College.

Following is the HGI Center’s April lineup. Each event is free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.: Fifth annual Frederick M. Schweitzer Lecture. Alan E. Steinweis, Ph.D., the Leonard and Carolyn Miller Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies and director for the Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont, will discuss how the Kristallnacht fit into the unfolding anti-Jewish policies of the Nazi regime. He will further analyze how the event continues to loom so large in the collective memories of Jews, Germans and others. Smith Auditorium.
  • Wednesday, April 10, 4 p.m.: Author Nina Wolff Feld will discuss her book Someday You Will Understand: My Father’s Private WWII. Feld will tell her father’s story of running from the Nazis in Europe and eventually becoming a solider in the U.S. Army. O’Malley Library, Alumni Room
  • Tuesday, April 16, 4 p.m.: Commemoration event in honor of Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Undergraduates will commemorate Holocaust survivor Lily Margules with stories and other readings extracted from Elie Wiessel’s Night and Primo Levil’s Survival. O’Malley Library, Alumni Room.
  • Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.: Author Jasha Levi will discuss his autobiography, The Last Exile: The Tapestry of a Life. The book depicts his experiences growing up in Europe during World War I and II in the midst of the Holocaust, and continues with his transition to the United States as an adult. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Italian-American service organizations Alpha Phi Delta and UNICO National. Smith Auditorium.  

For more information about the HGI events, contact Mehnaz Afridi at (718) 862-7284 or mehnaz.afridi@manhattan.edu.

Media interested in attending should contact John Tucker at (718) 862-7232 or john.tucker@manhattan.edu.