The program, "Preventing Genocide: What We Can Learn from Herbert Hoover, Peter Bergson, and the Holocaust" is scheduled take place on Monday at 12 p.m. in the Rubin Auditorium at the Student Center on the Hebrew University’s Ein Kerem campus. The program is sponsored by the Genocide Prevention Program of the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Public Health and Community Medicine, the Jerusalem Center for Genocide Prevention, and Christ Church Jerusalem. Admission is free of charge.
The event will examine current American and global responses to genocide, looking specifically at the lessons that can be learned from an unlikely alliance of Americans who worked for the rescue of Jews during the Holocaust, from former president Herbert Hoover to the controversial activists known as the Bergson Group. The featured speakers, Dr. Rafael Medoff and Professor Sonja Schoepf Wentling, co-coauthored the new book Herbert Hoover and the Jews: The Origins of the Jewish Vote and Bipartisan Support for Israel.