Dr. Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the American Jewish University, will speak at the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus at 3 p.m. on May 15.
The talk, titled “FDR was the Best: The Best of His Generation in dealing with the Holocaust, the Best of His Successors in Dealing with Genocide; but That is No Compliment!,” is being presented by the Wayne State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and The Guy Stern Endowment in Exile and Holocaust Studies.
During his lecture, Berenbaum will reevaluate the role of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the years leading up to the Holocaust and as Germany perpetrated the war against the Jews. In a timely and proactive (re)consideration of FDR, the professor of Jewish Studies’ remarks will consider the former president’s actions in relationship to other issues that were pressing at that time, as well as in relation to the political, economic and war agenda. In addition to this year’s presidential election, Berenbaum will address FDR’s role in association to contemporary world leaders, in dialogue with the actions of American presidents in the face of genocide, the bombing of Auschwitz, the events leading up to the war and the war itself.
Berenbaum, who received numerous degrees and a Ph.D. from Florida State University, has written and edited 20 books and hundreds of articles, including the second edition of Encyclopedia Judaica, and has co-produced award-winning films including “One Survivor Remembers: The Gerda Weissman Klein Story” and “The Last Days.”
There is no cost to attend but seating is limited. To RSVP call 313-577-2679 or visit specialevents.wayne.edu/guystern-2016.