Jan 24, 2007 — Former UN Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke will speak on the conflicts facing diplomats and people of conscience in times of moral crisis when he keynotes an event sponsored by the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs at Yeshiva University on Wednesday, January 24. The program begins at 8 p.m. at the Park East Synagogue, 164 East 68th St.
The event coincides with the publication of Diplomat Heroes of the Holocaust by Mordechai Paldiel, director of The Righteous Among the Nations department at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Institute in Israel. The book is the first issued by the Schneier Center and is being published in conjunction with KTAV Press.
The book details how courageous diplomats in China, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Brazil, Holland, Turkey, Italy, Yugoslavia, Japan, Germany and the Vatican risked their lives and careers to save Jews during the Holocaust. Their diplomatic protection saved tens of thousands of Jews.
The occasion will also commemorate the historic and timely United Nations resolution 60/7 (2005), which established January 27 as the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Auschwitz, the infamous concentration camp, was liberated on January 27, 1945. The resolution has particular resonance in light of the international conference on Holocaust denial recently held in Tehran, which attempted to revise history.
Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public. To RSVP, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-737-6900.
The Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs of Yeshiva University, inaugurated in March 2004, seeks to promote international understanding and cooperation by providing an educational forum for the exchange of ideas related to diverse critical issues in our increasingly interdependent world. The Center draws upon the academic and intellectual resources of all schools and affiliates of Yeshiva University and promotes research and publication on the part of all its students and faculty. Concerned with a broad spectrum of global issues, ranging from political problems of war and peace, human rights and welfare, to world problems of public health, the environment, and international regulations and law, the Schneier Center sponsors public lectures by notable world personalities and leaders, as well as educational programs for college and university students. The Center is committed to enhancing citizen participation and civic culture. It works with public and private organizations dedicated to improving the individual’s ability to live and function in a globalizing world. Consonant with its vision of a world defined by tolerance for difference, the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs of Yeshiva University sets the standard for open dialogue, peacefully conducted.