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Seminar: The Holocaust as a Unique Event in History
Date: 2 November 2012 

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures, European Studies programme cordially invites you to attend a seminar:

The Holocaust as a Unique Event in History

Ephraim Kaye

Date: Friday, 2 November 2012
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Main Building (MB121).

The Holocaust is a water shed event in the history of the 20th century for both Jews and non-Jews.

It forces us as human beings to look at ourselves and ask the eternal question: how was this humanly possible? The universal dimensions of this particular story can and do speak to all of us. This presentation will address not only these universal aspects but will explore the "unprecedented" nature of this historical event.

Ephraim Kaye has a first and second degree in Modern Jewish History and the History of the Holocaust from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. From 1978-2000 he  taught in the Israeli high school system. During this time he  taught courses on the Holocaust at several different colleges in Jerusalem. Since 1980 he has been involved in Holocaust research and education.

In 1988, he joined the educational staff at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Since 1994, he has been Director of the International Seminars at The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem. During this time, he has coordinated and led over 250 international seminars from over 20 countries in 8 different languages.
Over the past 20 years, he has led and guided more than 17 trips to Poland for high school students, graduates of the Yad Vashem seminars and IDF Officers. In addition to all of this, he has published the following books and articles:
An educational unit on Kristallnacht
The Responsa From the Kovno Ghetto
The Image of Polish Jewry in the Interwar Period
Desecrators of Memory: Combating Holocaust Denial
“One Man’s Journey - Teaching the Holocaust” published in:                             
Working to Make a Difference  - Samuel Totten Ed.

In addition to all of this, he has been personally responsible for the organization and management of five international conferences at the International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem.
1. The Memory of the Holocaust in the 21st Century - October 1999
2. The Legacy of Holocaust Survivors - April 2002
3. Teaching the Holocaust to Future Generations - June 2006
4. Teaching the Shoah - Fighting Racism and Prejudice - July 2008
5. Telling the Story -Teaching the Core - June 2012

Ephraim has been a guest speaker and lecturer in different Holocaust centers and conferences throughout the world – among them, Beth Shalom in England,
Ravenna in Italy, Frankfurt in Germany, Vilna in Lithuania, Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg in Canada, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nanjing, Keifung and Xian in China;  in the USA- The Church and the Holocaust Scholars Conference, The AHO Conference, Orlando Holocaust Center, Miami Holocaust Center, Tampa-St. Petersburg Center, Seattle Holocaust Center, Northern California –San Francisco Holocaust Center, Los Angeles Holocaust Center, Museum of Tolerance in LA, the Houston, Dallas and El Paso Holocaust Centers, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at St. Cloud State University, MN.


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