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Oct. 9, 2003

Holocaust Scholar Friedlander To Visit UI Oct 10-16

A leading scholar of the Nazi Holocaust, Henry Friedlander, professor emeritus of Judaic studies at the City University of New York, will visit the University of Iowa Oct. 10-16 as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. He will give two free, public lectures and participate in a free, public conference on global health.

Friedlander's principal Ida Beam Lecture, "The Nazi Camps," begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in room 1505 Seamans Center. He also will deliver a History of Medicine Society Lecture, "Politics and Medicine in Nazi Germany," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.15, in room 401 Hardin Library.

Before and after Friedlander's talk on October 15, the Hardin Library will have on display the 1964 English language edition of Eduard Pernkopf's controversial atlas, "Topographische Anatomie des Menschin." This atlas has stirred considerable controversy owing to the probability that Holocaust victims were exploited as models for many of the illustrations. Pernkopf was a high ranking and fervent Nazi Party member who was appointed dean of the medical faculty of the University of Vienna one month after Germany invaded Austria in 1938.

Friedlander will also participate in the annual Global Health Studies conference, "Disabilities in Global Perspective," speaking on a panel discussing "The Modern Search for Genetic Perfection and the History of Disabilities," on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room, Iowa Memorial Union.

Friedlander's landmark book, "The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution," was the first major study to trace the origins of the Final Solution to the Nazi "euthanasia" program that murdered tens of thousands of disabled Germans and served as a model for the subsequent mass murder of Gypsies and Jews. The book was awarded the Bruno Brand Tolerance Book Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the DAAD Book Prize from the German Studies Association, and has been translated into Italian, German and Chinese. Friedlander has also written widely on the legal implications of the postwar Nazi criminal trials.

Friedlander, who taught history in the department of Judaic studies at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York from 1975 until 2001, has just completed a two-year Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and before that held a Ruth Meltzer Senior Fellowship from the Research Institute of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1996.

Friedlander's visit is sponsored by the Department of History, International Programs, Global Health Studies, the Center for Human Rights and the Department of Political Science.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu. Program: Douglas Baynton, associate professor of history, 319-335-2295, douglas-baynton@uiowa.edu