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Zekelman Holocaust Center Hosts “An American Rabbi in Buchenwald” Virtual Event

“An American Rabbi in Buchenwald”

Medoff is the founding director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and the author of more than 20 books on the Holocaust.

The Zekelman Holocaust Center (The HC) will host a virtual storytelling of An American rabbi in Buchenwald August 7 at 2:30 p.m. by author and historian Dr. Rafael Medoff.

The story centers on Rabbi Herschel Schacter, a chaplain whose unit liberated the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp. Schacter was thrust into the role of helping survivors rebuild their shattered lives and serving as a voice to the world.

Dr. Rafael Medoff
Dr. Rafael Medoff

Dr. Rafael Medoff is founding director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and author of more than 20 books on the Holocaust, Zionism, and American Jewish history, including The Rabbi of Buchenwald. Medoff has taught at The Ohio State University and Purchase College, State University of New York. He is a Fellow of the Finkler Institute for Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Medoff to the Zekelman Holocaust Center to tell the story of Rabbi Schacter,” said Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld, CEO of the center. “He is a brilliant historian and prolific author with a great understanding of the history and circumstances of the Holocaust and American Jewish history. It is only fitting that we hold this event on the Jewish holiday of Tisha b’Av, which commemorates the great losses of the Jewish people throughout history.

Sign up at atholocaustcenter.org/August. The event will take place on Zoom.