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DATE: March 24, 2005

Scholars to discuss Holocaust and Armenian genocide

DEARBORN---Simon Payaslian, who holds the Kaloosdian/Mugar chair of Armenian Genocide Studies and Modern Armenian History at Clark University, and history Prof. Kenneth Waltzer, director of Jewish Studies at Michigan State University, will speak at the annual Holocaust and Armenian Genocide Commemoration at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8 in Kochoff Hall inside the University Center on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus.

Payaslian will speak at 10:30 a.m. on "U.S. Policy toward the Armenian Genocide." Waltzer will give a presentation on "American Responses to the Holocaust: Liberation and After" at 1:30 p.m.

Seating is limited for the event, which is sponsored by UM-Dearborn's Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive, the Armenian Research Center and the Mardigian Library, as well as the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies and Judaica Resource Center at Wayne State University.

A buffet lunch will be provided. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to (313) 593-5236 or (313) 593-5445 by Friday, April 1.

Payaslian has written numerous books, including The Armenian Genocide: 1915-1932: A Handbook for Teachers and Students. He also has written many articles on U.S. foreign policy, international human rights, the United Nations and developing nations and the Kurdish question. Payaslian earned doctoral degrees in political science at Wayne State University and in Armenian history at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Waltzer received a Kussy Fellowship for the Study of the Holocaust in 2003-2004. He has presented numerous papers on the Holocaust, including "The Rescue of Children at Buchenwald: Behavior in a Grey Area" and "Michigan Jewry's Responses to Nazism, War and Holocaust." A graduate of Harvard University, Waltzer is working on a number of books concerning the Holocaust.


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