Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center to Host Seminar on Law and the Holocaust

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The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center (HHREC) will host Professor Harry Reicher, of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Scholar-in-Residence, Touro Law Center, at its Distinguished Lecture Series, which presents the leading scholars in the fields of Holocaust studies, genocide, and human rights. The Legacy of Auschwitz: Germans and the Legislation of Mass Murder will take place on Monday, April 27, 2009 at Manhattanville College's Reid Hall, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY, 7:30 p.m.

The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center (HHREC) will host Professor Harry Reicher, of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Scholar-in-Residence, Touro Law Center, at its Distinguished Lecture Series, which presents the leading scholars in the fields of Holocaust studies, genocide, and human rights. The Legacy of Auschwitz: Germans and the Legislation of Mass Murder will take place on Monday, April 27, 2009 at Manhattanville College's Reid Hall, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY, 7:30 p.m.

In his presentation, Reicher will discuss the Nazi efforts to legalize the Holocaust; the destruction of Germany's legal system, in both its legislative and judicial aspects; and the conversion of both into a system designed to discriminate against, ostracize, dehumanize, and ultimately eliminate, certain classes of people.

Professor Reicher is involved in Holocaust-era restitution, reparations and compensation, international law, environmental law and human rights, taxation and corporate law. His research areas include International Human Rights and Legal Dimensions of the Holocaust.

Since 1995, Reicher has taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he has established a new academic field by blending Holocaust studies with law. In 2004, Reicher was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by President Bush. His most recent publication is Holocaust Law: Materials and Commentary.

HHREC's Distinguished Lecture Series Lectures funded by Lee and Richard Laster and the New York State Education Department/State Senator Vincent L. Leibell. The lectures are open to students, educators and the community. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For information and reservations, call 914.696.0738 or email hhrec@bestweb.net.

The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center is located at 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York 10577. For further information, contact 914.696.0738, or visit http://www.holocausteducationctr.org.

About the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center: The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center is an interfaith, not-for-profit organization serving Westchester, Fairfield and Putnam counties to encourage and enhance teaching and learning about the Holocaust and its human rights lessons for today. Its members encourage students to speak up and act against all forms of bigotry and prejudice.

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