Speaker Series Highlights Catholic and Muslim Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust

December 24, 2012

The Center of Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University is working with the Franciscan Center of Tampa to present a three-part speaker series in 2013 entitled “To Save One Life: Catholic and Muslim Rescuers of Jews in the Holocaust.”

The series consists of talks by three distinguished speakers, and each will present at both Saint Leo University and at the Franciscan Center, to reach the broadest possible audience. Admission to the series is free and open to the public.

Psychologist and author Eva Fogelman, Ph.D., is the first presenter and will speak on “The Motivations of Rescuers During the Holocaust.” She will speak from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, January 29, in the Student Community Center at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, in the town of Saint Leo, four miles east of Interstate 75 (exit 285). She will present again at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, at the Franciscan Center, 3010 North Perry Ave., Tampa, FL 33603.

In February, Father André Cirino, O.F.M., presents “Rescuers of Jews in the Italian City of Assisi During the Holocaust.” The CCJS presentation will take place from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, February 5, at the Saint Leo University Student Community Center. The Franciscan Center presentation will follow at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 6.

In March, religious studies scholar Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., of Manhattan College will discuss “Muslim Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust.” Her CCJS presentation will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, at the Saint Leo University Student Community Center. The Franciscan Center presentation is at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 20.

Also helping to sponsor the series are: the American Jewish Committee of the West Coast Florida Region, the Florida Holocaust Museum, Suncoast Hillels, the Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation, Saint Leo University’s Office of University Ministry and the university’s Department of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion.

For further information on this program, place contact Dr. Abraham Peck, CCJS executive director, at (352) 588-7298, or abraham.peck@saintleo.edu.