Remembrance. That one word held a powerful meaning last night at
the conclusion of this year’s Conference on the
Author Michael Berenbaum gave a lecture titled “The Art of
Remembering.” He related the topic of remembrance to the
Holocaust in an effort to explain the importance of memory.
“We remember in order to enhance humanity and to say
never, never again. We remember to enhance conscience and increase
human dignity,” Berenbaum said.
Berenbaum is the author of 14 books and hundreds of scholarly
articles. In addition, he was one of the founders of the United
States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and the president
and chief executive officer of Steven Spielberg’s Survivors
of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.
He also is an adjunct professor of theology at the University of
Judaism in Los Angeles.
Berenbaum’s speech was structured around the theme of this
year’s conference, “Through the Generations.”
RC junior Casey Cohen, co-chair for the Conference on the
Holocaust, said she felt this lecture, the Michael Bernstein
Memorial Lecture, would be an appropriate way to end the
“For the final lecture we wanted to give the students
something they could relate to and so we thought the topic of
remembering was relevant,” Cohen said.
Art and Design senior Rachel Drescher shared thoughts similar to
“It’s important to remember what happened because
it’s a part of history, not just of the Jewish people, but of
history in general,” said Drescher, also an LSA senior.
Business School senior Roman Ginzburg, co-chair for the
conference, agreed with Berenbaum about the importance of
remembering the Holocaust.
“The Holocaust happened six decades ago and it’s
going further and further into the past, so remembering is all we
have,” said Ginzburg.
Bernstein, the man for whom the lecture is named, was a
University alum and the assistant deputy director of the Office of
Special Investigations at the U.S. Department of Justice. This
office is responsible for finding, denaturalizing and deporting
those who participated in Nazi atrocities during World War II.
Bernstein was killed on the 1988 Pan Am flight 103 where a bomb was
planted by terrorists.
Berenbaum’s lecture marked the 25th anniversary of the
Holocaust Conference. Events included a speech by English Prof.
Ralph Williams and readings of names on the Diag.