Update on Recent Developments

Wyman Institute Update: August 12, 2003


    1. We are pleased to inform you that Livia S. Yanowicz has joined the Advisory Committee of the Wyman Institute. Formerly a lecturer in the Brandeis University Department of Philosophy and School of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Livia is a management consultant to financial service companies and not for profit organizations, and risk manager with Citigroup.

    2. Academic Council member Prof. Alan L. Berger, Raddock Chair of Holocaust Studies at Florida Atlantic University, taught a two week seminar on the work of Elie Wiesel at Hebrew College this summer.

    3. A letter by Academic Council member Prof. Paul Miller, concerning the Allies’ failure to bomb Auschwitz, was published in the latest issue (17:1) of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the scholarly journal published by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

    4. The Los Angeles Jewish Journal (July 25) published an op-ed by Wyman Institute director Dr. Rafael Medoff, marking the 60th anniversary of the Hollywood Bowl performance of the Bergson group’s “We Will Never Die”; his op-ed concerning Holocaust denial appeared in the Washington Times (July 27); and in the July 25 edition of the Cleveland Jewish News, he authored a feature story regarding the 60th anniversary of the American Jewish Conference and Abba Hillel Silver’s rise to the leadership of American Zionism. It can be viewed at:


    5. Academic Council member Dr. Harold Brackman, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center coauthored (with Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center) an essay in the Los Angeles Times on July 24, 2003, warning that Mel Gibson’s soon-to-be-released film, “The Passion,” may incite antisemitism. The article referred to the role of Christian religious antisemitism in the persecution of Jews throughout history, including the Holocaust.