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The Ethics of Rescue: Stories Behind the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen

Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 7:00pm

Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center (DGA)
800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080-3021

Please join us as Dr. Bernice Lerner presents the Mitchell L. and Miriam Lewis Barnett Lecture in conjunction with the 52nd Annual Scholars' Conference. There will be a pre-event lecture at 6:30pm with the lecture starting at 7:15pm. 

On April 15, 1945, three weeks before World War II’s end, a unit of the British Second Army entered the then largest Nazi concentration camp. Hardened military men sickened at the sight—nothing they had seen in battle came close to the depravity of Bergen-Belsen. Among the 60,000 desperate and emaciated inmates were 25,000 who would die if they did not receive immediate care. Brigadier Glyn Hughes, the Army’s Deputy Director of Medical Services, committed himself to the complex and harrowing task of trying to save lives. Rachel Genuth, a 15-year-old whose parents and four siblings had been murdered in Auschwitz, was among those at death’s door. Through these protagonists we will learn astounding facts about the complex liberation.

Bernice Lerner is the author of All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen, and other writings on the Holocaust and on virtue ethics. As director of Boston University’s Center for Character and Social Responsibility, Bernice lectured widely and taught courses on the Holocaust. As dean of adult learning at Hebrew College, she created a host of innovative programs, including the acclaimed Me'ah, a two-year journey through Jewish history. Bernice earned a bachelor’s from Stony Brook University, a master’s from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a doctorate from Boston University.

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