Holocaust Memorial Hosts Genocide Lecture

Bettina Aptheker, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will offer a unique program on genocide Sunday at The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

Aptheker will address how women overcame extraordinary challenges and healed themselves through social justice and compassion.

She will use the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) to re-vision the deeper spiritual meaning of women’s stories.


The program will involve a discussion on the links between racism, anti-semitism, patriarchy and mass murder during the Holocaust, the Cambodian genocide and the Bosnian genocide.

Aptheker, author of Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech and Became a Feminist Rebel, will lead the program titled Women’s Writings: Genocide & War, Healing & Redemption.

The rest of the center offers a contextualized history that explains the 1920s increase of intolerance, the reduction of human rights, and the lack of intervention that enabled the persecution and mass murder of millions of Jews, the disabled, gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, gays & Polish intelligentsia.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County, Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Rd., Glen Cove.

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