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Poles and Jews during World War II
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The Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program invites all New Jersey educators and the general public to attend the study day, Poles and Jews during World War II, on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Beck Rooms at Seton Hall University’s Walsh Library. Two scholars, the Reverend Dennis McManus and Monika Rice, will offer the presentations, “The Holocaust: Its Destructive Past and Its Dangerous Future” and “Poles and Jews during the War.” Application of lessons from this dark period of European history will also include the two workshops, “Jan Karski: A Catholic in the Holocaust” and “How to Approach Jedwabne,” led by the Rev. McManus and Ms. Rice respectively.

Rev. Dennis McManus, Ph.D.The Rev. Dennis McManus (Ph.D., Drew University) is Professor of Liturgy at St. John’s Seminary in Boston and Professor in the Program for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, where he teaches courses in Holocaust history and literature, as well as the history of Christian-Jewish conflict from antiquity through the modern period. He serves as Consultant for Jewish Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and belongs to the Church Relations Committee of the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum. Since 1997, he has co-directed the Anti-Defamation League/USCCB joint program in Holocaust Education, “Bearing Witness,” which is offered nationally in Catholic dioceses. The Rev. McManus is also director of the Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Georgetown University and has contributed to the Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations (Cambridge University Press), Ancient Christian Commentary (InterVarsity Press) and Ancient Christian Writers (Paulist Press).

Ms. Monika Rice (Ph.D. Candidate, Brandeis University) holds an M.A. in Monika Rice, M.A.Ethnology/Cultural Anthropology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She is completing the doctorate, with her dissertation, “First Encounters of Jewish Survivors with their Former Polish Neighbors in Post-War Accounts.” Additionally, Ms. Rice has published “The ‘Gross Effect’: Polish-Jewish Historiography in Poland after Neighbors” in The American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies (AAPJS) and essays in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry (Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization).

All who are interested in attending the study day can access the event’s flyer and schedule for more information and must register by contacting the Reverend Lawrence Frizzell at or (973) 761-9751 no later than March 10, 2014. A $10 registration fee, payable on site, includes lunch and materials.

This professional development study day and program, which is an accredited service provider in the State of New Jersey, will offer five professional development credit hours to educators and is sponsored by the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program with financial assistance from Ms. Chris Liu of Palo Alto.


For more information please contact:
Lawrence E. Frizzell
(973) 761-9751


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