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October 28, 2010
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Huntingdon College
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Noted Israeli Historian Speaks on Simon Wiesenthal in Montgomery

Montgomery, Ala.— Leading Israeli historian, author and journalist Tom Segev will speak on his critically acclaimed book, Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and the Legends, as part of Temple Beth Or's Rothschild/Blachschleger Lecture Series, Wednesday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the temple, 2246 Narrow Lane Road.  The evening will be co-moderated by Rabbi Elliot Stevens of Temple Beth Or and by Dr. Robin Gunther, chair of the Department of Language and Literature and associate professor of English at Huntingdon College.  The event is free and open to the community.

Segev's portrait of Wiesenthal, the legendary Nazi Hunter, is a character study of a sometimes flawed man who dedicated his life to ensuring that the Nazis be held responsible for their crimes and that the destruction of European Jewry never be forgotten. The book is the first fully-documented biography of Wiesenthal, who died in 2005 at the age of 96.  Segev writes a weekly column in Ha’aretz, Israel’s leading daily newspaper, and is the author of The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust and other path-breaking books, including One Palestine, Complete, which was one of the New York Times’ ten best books of 2000 and winner of a National Jewish Book Award. Born in and a current resident of Jerusalem, Segev is associated with Israel’s so-called “new historians,” a group challenging many of the country’s traditional narratives.  His history of the Six Day War (2006) has been described by the historian Saul Friedlander as "probably the best book on those most fateful days in the history of Israel.”  He earned a B.A. in history and political science from The Hebrew University and a Ph.D. in history from Boston University.

“When I heard that Tom Segev had tackled the subject of Simon Wiesenthal, I knew we had to invite him to speak to our community," said Stevens.  "Segev, one of Israel’s leading historians, has been relentless in his search for the truth, and Wiesenthal is a superb subject, a kind of flawed super-hero.” Stevens' co-moderator for the evening, Dr. Robin Gunther, is teaching a class on Holocaust literature at Huntingdon College this fall.  Books will be available for purchase at the event by Capitol Book and News, and a book-signing will follow the discussion.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college.

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