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Kraft-Hiatt Program for Jewish-Christian Understanding

Holy Cross is committed to deepening understanding of Judaism, Jewish life around the world, and Jewish-Christian relations. Funded by the College and by the Kraft-Hiatt family, the Kraft-Hiatt Program for Jewish-Christian Understanding sponsors a number of opportunities that continue to have profound impact on individual student and faculty participants and the campus community at large. The initiative includes lecture series, visiting scholars, and support for faculty and students to study abroad.

Lecture Series

Each semester, the McFarland Center presents Kraft-Hiatt lectures, performances and other events on the Holocaust, Jewish history and contemporary Jewish faith and life. Recent guest speakers have included David Kertzer, Yaakov Katz, Rabbi Abie Ingber, Ervin Staub, Marion Kaplan, Alan Rosen, Yehuda Bauer, Nir Eisikovits and Aaron Levine.  In collaboration with the Worcester JCC, the Center has hosted talks by Paula Fredriksen and James Carroll. Audio and/or video recordings of many past lectures are available.

Watch Online

Alan RosenOctober 30, 2018
Holocaust Witness: Back to Basics — Alan Rosen, Kraft-Hiatt Scholar in Residence, weaves personal stories of European Jews who survived or died in the Holocaust with historical background on the events that led up to and shaped World War II in Europe. He reflects on what it means to bear witness. Rosen is a lecturer at Yad Vashem, and has held fellowships at the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah in Paris and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Watch the lecture: Stream online»

Save the Date

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library
Omer Bartov, John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University, is author of "Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz" (Simon & Schuster, 2018).