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Women, The Holocaust and Genocide

2018 Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference

October 21 - 23, 2018

Seton Hill University’s 11th triennial Holocaust Education Conference will feature:

  • Keynote address by Wendy Lower, John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow and Director of Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College. 
  • International Holocaust and genocide scholars addressing the topic of “Women, the Holocaust, and Genocide.” 
  • Presentation of the Nostra Aetate Award to Victoria Barnett, Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Programs on Ethics, Religion and the Holocaust.
  • Exhibits by artists Carolyn H. Manosevitz and Rev. Robert Keffer, O.S.B.

Registration to open in July 2018. More details coming soon.

About the Conference

A Conference Just for Educators

The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education's triennial conference, known as The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference, seeks to enhance Catholic-Jewish understanding by “educating the educators” in the hope of reaching the whole of humanity. The Conference equips teachers and faculty members, especially those at Catholic institutions, to enter into serious discussions on the causes of antisemitism and the Holocaust, and to write and deliver papers that shape appropriate curricular responses at Catholic institutions and other educational sites. The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference Endowment Fund supports the appearance at the conference of national and international speakers, sponsors art exhibits that accompany the conference, and underwrites the publication of The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference Proceedings. 

Nostra Aetate Award

The Nostra Aetate Award, established by Seton Hill University in 1991, is named for the first Vatican II Documents to address the Catholic Church’s relationship with non-Christian religions. The award acknowledges distinguished and scholarly work done by an individual in the field of Catholic-Jewish relations. In particular, the award recognizes work which has resulted in interfaith understanding and has promoted an increased awareness of the ways in which religious values are brought to bear on contemporary society. The Nostra Aetate Award is presented during The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference.

Recipients of the Nostra Aetate Award include:

  • Rev. Edward H. Flannery, a Roman Catholic priest whose book, The Anguish of the Jews: Twenty-Three Centuries of Antisemitism, was hailed by Christian and Jewish scholars alike as a groundbreaking work and major contribution toward the exposition of historical antisemitism.
  • Dr. Jan Karski, a Polish diplomat and soldier during World War II, who, having escaped from Nazi torture, began a campaign to tell the world about the atrocities occurring in Europe.
  • Dr. Eva Fleishner, a Catholic theologian, author and teacher who has taught, lectured and written extensively on the Holocaust and is deeply involved in Christian-Jewish dialogue.
  • Ms. Judith Banki, a writer, lecturer and expert in interreligious affairs, who has focused her efforts on the images of Jews in Christian teaching and preaching and Christian church attitudes toward the state of Israel.
  • Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M., Ph.D, professor of a social ethics and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program of the Cardinal Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, who is a leader in Catholic-Jewish dialogue nationally and internationally.
  • Dr. Eugene J. Fisher, a professor, a lecturer, and the only full-time professional in charge of Catholic-Jewish relations in the United States for 30 years. Also the former associate director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • Sr. Mary C. Boys, S.N.J.M., Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs and Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, has authored numerous works on the subject of Christian-Jewish relations.

The Ethel LeFrak Outstanding Student Scholar of the Holocaust Award

National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education benefactor Ethel LeFrak, of New York City, created The Ethel LeFrak Outstanding Student Scholar of the Holocaust Award to recognize the Seton Hill University student whose paper best demonstrates a particularly keen and advanced understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust.

The NCCHE staff and faculty teaching in Seton Hill University’s Genocide and Holocaust Studies program select the winning paper for this annual award begun in 2009. All students selected to receive the award will have their papers included in the proceedings of the Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference, which are published on a triennial basis. Additional recognition includes a $1,000 award presented during a Center-sponsored event and publication of an excerpt in the Setonian, Seton Hill’s student newspaper.

Seton Hill students may submit papers for consideration during the next award cycle to Dr. James Paharik, Coordinator of the Genocide and Holocaust Studies Program, via email, by May 15.

Past awardees include: 

  • Michelle Horvath (2009), “Factors Leading to the Evolution and Implementation of the Final Solution”
  • Jennifer L. Goss, (2010), “Children and the Holocaust: Universal Aspects”
  • Josie L. Rush (2011), “Picturing a Better Future: Media Literacy in Genocide Education”
  • Katherine Prange (2012), "Understanding the Holocaust Through Personal Accounts"
  • Jennifer L. Sproull (2013), "Eva Fogelman-Rescuer of the Hidden Truth"
  • Alysa Landry (2015), "Wartime Rape: Understanding Women's Experiences During the Holocaust"

Photo above: Jewish women from Subcarpathian Rus, who have been selected for forced labor at Auschwitz-Birkenau, march toward their barracks after disinfection and headshaving. Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Yad Vashem (Public Domain). 

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Contact the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education by email, or by calling (724) 830-1033.