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Implications of the Holocaust for Multireligious Conversations

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Victoria Barnett, director of the programs on ethics, religion and the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., presented the lecture "Implications of the Holocaust for Multireligious Conversations" at 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Room 264 of the Quadrangle Building, Saint John's University.

The lecture, sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, is free and open to the public.

"As the event of the Holocaust recedes further into human history, popular and academic understandings of its implications have grown broader," Barnett said. "As we become increasingly aware of the multireligious nature of our world, interfaith conversations focus on the commonalities and tensions between and among people of various religions, not just Judaism and Christianity."

Explaining how recent scholarship about the Holocaust can inform these newer conversations, Barnett will focus on understanding the Holocaust in its historical particularities as well as in terms of more universal questions.

Barnett earned a doctorate in religion and conflict at George Mason University and is the author of "For the Soul of the People: Protestant Protest against Hitler" (Oxford University Press) and "Bystanders: Conscience and Complicity during the Holocaust" (Greenwood Press). She is also the editor and translator of Wolfgang Gerlach's "And the Witnesses were Silent: The Confessing Church and the Jews" (University of Nebraska Press) and the revised edition of Eberhard Bethge's "Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography" (Fortress Press).

The author of numerous articles and book chapters on the role of religious leaders and institutions during the Holocaust, Barnett is currently working on a book about the role of international interfaith and ecumenical leaders during that period.

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