Holocaust lectures begin at Sonoma State

On Tuesday, Steve Watrous of Sonoma State will speak on "Historical Legacies And The Third Reich."

Bernat Rosner and Frederic Tubach will discuss their Holocaust memoir, "An Uncommon Friendship: From Opposite Sides of the Holocaust," in a lecture on March 26 in the Evert B. Person Theatre. The other lectures will take place in the Warren Auditorium.

Rosner is a Hungarian Jew who survived Auschwitz during World War II, before eventually being adopted by an American soldier and moving to the United States.

Tubach was the son of a German army soldier and member of the Nazi Youth Movement. In their memoir they reveal how they became friends and how their friendship forced each to come to terms with his past.

"Voices From the Shoah Project" with Mikko Allane will be presented on March 19. Allane will show a videotape of survivors forced to work in the crematoria and gas chambers.

On April 23, Kathi L. Austin, director of the Arms and Conflict program for the Fund for Peace, will show her documentary "Forsaken Cries: Genocide in Rwanda."

The Holocaust Lecture Series is sponsored by the Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust, the Sonoma State University Holocaust Study Center, and the Paul V. Benko Holocaust Education Endowment.

Credit is available to community participants. For information, call Myrna Goodman, director of the Holocaust Studies Center, (707) 664-4076.

Other lectures include:

Feb. 19: "Survivors Panel" with Lucille Eichengreen of Berkeley and Betty Kale of Santa Rosa.

Feb. 26: "Zionism, the Holocaust and the Founding of the State Of Israel" by Barry Preisler of Sonoma State.

March 5: "The Post-Holocaust Church" by Sanford Lowe of Santa Rosa Junior College.

March 12: "New Perspectives In Holocaust Scholarship" by Myrna Goodman, Ilka Hartmann, Elaine Leeder, Barbara Lesch McCaffry and Joel Neuberg, all of Sonoma State.

April 9: "Facing History And Ourselves" by Jack Weinstein of Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation.

April 16: "Legacies Of Nuremberg: International Legal Accountability" by Diana Grant of Sonoma State.

April 30: "The Sociology of Evil" by Noel Byrne of Sonoma State.

May 7: "Confronting Current Genocides" by Jerry Fowler of U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

May 14: "The Legacy Continues: Second Generation Panel" with Blair Pleasant, Julia Silverberg and Elaine Leeder of Sonoma State.

May 21: "What Have We Learned?"