The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus is hosting a new speakers series entitled Community Conversations featuring experts on genocide, political maneuvering and world history. Community Conversations is designed to be a thought-provoking series that helps those in attendance apply important lessons of historical events to their daily lives. On February 12 at 7 p.m., Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen, Ph.D. will speak about the Jews in Finland before and during World War II. During the Holocaust, Finland mostly protected its Jewish population despite having an alliance with Nazi Germany. An Associate Professor of History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Franklin-Rahkonen also is a Finlandia Foundation National Lecturer of the Year. While living in Finland for two years, Franklin-Rahkonen authored a dissertation, “Jewish Identity in Finland.” Franklin-Rahkonen’s talk is presented by the Finlandia Foundation of Michigan and supported by a grant from the Finlandia Foundation National. RSVPs are requested by Feb. 8 to 248-553-2400 x 112 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Upcoming Community Conversations include: Cultivated Silence: Historical Trauma, Memory and Famine in Soviet Ukraine featuring guest speaker Matthew Pauly, Ph.D. on Mon., Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Forced into Genocide: Memoirs of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Turkish Army featuring guest speaker Adrienne Alexanian on Thurs., Mar. 22 at 7 p.m. Community Conversations is generously supported by Pam and Ken Bloom, Joan Chernoff-Epstein and Robet Epstein, Amy and Eric Grosinger, Uriel Barron Manrique, Lauri Ellias and James Murphy, Denise and Peter Rodgers, Dorothy and Hershel Sandberg, Mary and Thomas Shafer, Fay and Leon Siegel and the PNC Foundation.
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