Dr. Richard A. Freund
Escape from the Holocaust: Geoscience and Archaeology
At the height of WWII, the Nazis murdered the Jews of Vilna, Lithuania – nearly 70,000 of them – as well as 30,000 non-Jews. Each day for two years, the Jews were transported just outside the city to a forest camp known as Ponar. There they were murdered, one bullet at a time, until almost no trace of the centuries old civilization of Vilna – or its people – was left. The city once known as the “Jerusalem of the North” was gone, seemingly destined to be forgotten. Until now. In this talk, Dr. Freund will discuss his recent archeological work in Vilna, Lithuania, where he and an excavation team used state- of-the-art technologies to uncover the hidden escape tunnel of Ponar Forest, dug by heroic prisoners over 76 nights, along with a missing mass grave at the site that had been lost for decades. Join us as Professor Freund recounts the dramatic escape attempt that occurred on the last night of Passover 1944, when only 11 lived to tell the story.
$18 per person general admission, $36 at the door
(Free to CSP 5780 Members with reservations by December 8, 2019)
Sponsor: Community Scholar Program (CSP)