Update on Recent Developments

Wyman Institute Update: March 15, 2004


    1. We are pleased to announce that the renowned journalist Bernard Kalb will be speaking at the Wyman Institute’s May 16 conference, as part of the panel on “American Media Coverage of the Holocaust.” To register for the conference, “Teaching and Learning About America’s Response to the Holocaust,” please go to www.WymanInstitute.orgBernard Kalb has traveled the globe for more than three decades as a correspondent covering world affairs for CBS News, NBC News and the New York Times. He was the founding anchor and a panelist on the weekly CNN program Reliable Sources for a decade. Kalb also served as assistant secretary of state for public affairs and as a spokesman for the State Department from 1984-1986. He is co-author, with his brother Marvin Kalb, of two books: Kissinger, and The Last Ambassador, a novel about the collapse of Saigon in 1975.

      He has served as a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, won a Council on Foreign Relations fellowship, and received the Overseas Press Club Award for his CBS television documentary, Viet Cong, based on his many years of reporting the war in Vietnam.

    2. An essay by Wyman Institute director Dr. Rafael Medoff, “An Unorthodox Rabbi on Capitol Hill: The Legacy of Rabbi Baruch Rabinowitz,” appears in the current (Spring 2004) issue of Jewish Action, a magazine published by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (the ‘OU’). Rabinowitz was the Bergson group’s chief lobbyist in Washington, D.C. To order the magazine, call 212-563-4000 or write to carmeln@ou.org

    3. Wyman Institute Academic Council member Dr. Efraim Zuroff (Wiesenthal Center) authored an op-ed in the February 19 issue of The Baltic Times, concerning the failure of the Baltic republics to prosecuted Nazi war criminals.

    4. Four members of the Wyman Institute’s Academic Council –James F. Moore (Valparaiso University), Steven Jacobs (University of Alabama), Henry Knight (University of Tulsa), and Zev Garber (L.A. Valley College) have contributed to the forthcoming book Post-Shoah Dialogues: Re-Thinking Our Texts Together, which is edited by Prof. Moore and is due out March 28 from the University Press of America.The essays focus on texts matched from Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, which allow Christians and Jews to read texts together in such a way as to respect the authentic identity of each other, respect the deep questions arising from the Shoah, and to open avenues for more dialogue.

      Prof. Garber, who authored four of the book’s chapters, also authored an article, “Faith from the Ashes: An Interview with Sibylle Sarah Niemoeller von Sell” (the widow of the famed pastor Martin Niemoeller) in Shofar 22:2 (Winter 2004). Prof. Garber will discuss the salient effect of Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of the Christ” on post-Shoah Christian-Jewish dialogue at the Western Jewish Studies Association Annual Meeting in San Diego (March 28) and at Purdue University (March 30).

    5. The current edition of London Magazine (February/March 2004) includes a review-essay by Wyman Institute Arts & Letters Council member Michael Moorcock, titled “Learning to Be a Jew.” Reviewing Martin Gilbert’s new book, Letters to Auntie Fori, Moorcock offers a personal anecdote recounting how he came to write his own series of Holocaust-related novels.

    6. Wyman Institute Academic Council member Alan L. Berger (Florida Atlantic University) co-edited ‘The Continuing Agony: From the Carmelite Convent to the Crosses at Auschwitz,’ just published by the University Press of America as part of its Studies in Judaism series.