The Good Nazi: Lecture by Dr. Richard Freund

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Venue:Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

The year is 1943. The Vilna Ghetto is about to be liquidated. “The Good Nazi” documentary tells the story of a Nazi officer who, during the Holocaust, turns his back on his dark ideology and risks his life to save hundreds of Jews. Dr. Freund, the lead archaeologist will give us the back story on the work that reveals the story of the “Schindler of Lithuania” Major Karl Plagge.

Good Nazi

Dr. Richard A. Freund is the Maurice Greenberg Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. Professor Freund has directed over a dozen archaeological projects on behalf of the University of Hartford in Israel, including sites associated with the beginnings of Christianity and Judaism at Nazareth, Bethsaida, and Qumran, site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In addition, he has directed projects on behalf of the University of Hartford in Spain (2 sites), Poland (3 sites), Rhodes, Greece (four sites) and Lithuania (15 sites in Lithuania). His work has been featured in the New York Times, Time magazine, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, Archaeology, two major articles in Smithsonian magazine and featured on the BBC, MSNBC, CNN, NPR and Fox News and in hundreds of media outlets worldwide. His work is featured in 20 television documentaries from National Geographic, CNN, Discovery, History Channel and PBS. His most recent work in Lithuania has been chronicled in a recent NOVA science series episode: “Holocaust Escape Tunnel” on the new discoveries made in the Ponar Burial Pits and the Great Synagogue of Vilna, Lithuania that has been seen around the world. Dr. Freund is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and ten books (written or co-edited) including his most recent book Digging through History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012; paperback 2016). In spring, 2019 his new book: Archaeology of the Holocaust: Vilna, Rhodes, and Escape Tunnels (Rowman &Littlefield, 2019) will be published.

The lecture is part of FIU's Annual Holocaust & Genocide Awareness Week

Free for JMOF-FIU members, students with valid ID, FIU Faculty & Staff or with museum admission.