Lecture to address American rescue efforts during Holocaust

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2005

Sara Kimble, UNI assistant professor of history, (319) 273-3229
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Severin A. Hochberg, historian in the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) will present 'America and the Holocaust: Rescue Efforts' at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Room 115 of Seerley Hall at the University of Northern Iowa. Hochberg will discuss the American responses to the Holocaust.

The presentation will coincide with the Grout Museum's special exhibit, 'Never Again,' on display through Sept. 3, in Waterloo. Part of the exhibit, 'Varian Fry, Assignment Rescue, 1940-1941,' comes from the USHMM.

Hochberg has been a staff historian at the USHMM since 1990, and is responsible for the projects dealing with Western Europe, the Eastern-European ghettos, Jewish issues, emigration, religious responses and links with American themes. He also has served as director of community programs, and director of conferences and lectures. Hochberg is co-editor of the diary of James G. McDonald (League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 1933-35, Chairman of the President's Advisory Committee on Refugees 1938-45 and the first U.S. Ambassador to Israel 1948-51).

Hochberg earned his doctorate in European history from New York University and has taught European, Jewish and Holocaust history at Sarah Lawrence College, Rutgers, City University of New York and the University of Maryland. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Central Africa.

The lecture is free and open to the public.