On Sunday, November 17th, we hosted Dr. Efraim Zuroff, Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem. His work is comprised of Nazi war crimes research, the investigation and prosecution of these war criminals, and influencing national policies to enable the prosecution of such criminals in different countries around the world. Since the end of the Soviet Union, Dr. Zuroff has actively pursued the confrontation of the complicated histories of formerly Soviet countries, like Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, in attempts to help such places acknowledge their participation in the crimes of the Holocaust, and to prosecute Nazi war criminals living in these places today.
It was incredible for our students to meet such a renowned historian, and we were all blown away by his stories of hunting Nazis. In her recent blog post, our student, Shira Griff, wrote about the experience of hearing Dr. Zuroff speak, and how it put her studies into perspective:
“We have guest lecturers and testimonies by people whom I’d never thought I’d ever meet, and every week I think I’ve met the most exciting person I could have imagined, the following week just gets better and better and then I meet people like Dr. Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who actually proves to me that the subject of the Holocaust is as alive as ever, and here is someone who is actually hunting Nazis every day – what could be more relevant than this?” –Shira Griff