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Alan Rosen: Memory as Protest

How and Why We Remember the Holocaust

Date of Lecture: November 13, 2019

Alan RosenAbout the Speaker: Alan Rosen, Kraft-Hiatt Scholar-in-Residence, is a scholar of Holocaust literature and a lecturer at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. His most recent book is "The Holocaust's Jewish Calendars: Keeping Time Sacred, Making Time Holy" (Indiana University Press, 2019), which he first spoke about at Holy Cross in a 2011 lecture.

About the Talk: This lecture focuses on the ethics of commemoration: how and why we remember the Holocaust. Rosen explains the importance in Jewish tradition of commemorating the people, places and times of those murdered. The commemoration, he explains, is a protest "against letting annihilation set the terms of existence. We protest on behalf of life."

His talk is part of the Kraft-Hiatt Program for Jewish-Christian Understanding.