Professor of Holocaust Studies to Speak

September 08, 2010

Professor_of_Holocaust In observance of Constitution Day 2010, Saint Leo University will present a guest lecture by Bernd Sösemann, the distinguished professor of holocaust studies at the German Free University in Berlin, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, in Selby Auditorium.

The title of the professor’s presentation is “Early Twentieth Century Anti-Semitism in Germany and France: What Lessons Can We Learn?” Sösemann (pictured) has concentrated much of his historical research and writing on the German press and the Weimar Republic. The audience will be asked to recall that the World War II Holocaust targeted Jews, beginning with the elimination of the minority group’s legal rights and the failure of the broader German society to rise up and protect its Jewish population. A discussion will follow and consider whether the rights provided in the U.S. Constitution can always protect groups in our society from the treatment that German and European Jews suffered.

The talk is free and open to the public. Parking is also free. The university is located at 33701 State Road 52, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285). Selby Auditorium is part of Lewis Hall, which is located just inside the entrance to the university, and to the east of the traffic circle.

The forum is sponsored by the university’s Social Sciences Department. Each year, to commemorate the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, the Social Sciences Department organizes an evening educational event on constitutional topics. This program is scheduled for September 15, as the actual September 17 anniversary falls on Friday and coincides with the beginning of the Yom Kippur religious holiday.

For more information, contact Heather Parker, Ph.D. chair of the Social Sciences Department, at heather.parker02@saintleo.edu or at (352) 588-7894.