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Holocaust scholar to discuss responses of various faiths to rise of Nazism

Victoria Barnett Victoria Barnett The Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies will host two speaking appearances by noted Holocaust historian and author Victoria Barnett, PhD. on Nov. 9. Barnett is a scholar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., where she directs the museum’s programs on ethics, religion and the Holocaust.

Bar- nett’s appearances – one on the St. Leo campus and the other in Tampa – have been timed to commemorate the anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the “Night of Broken Glass.” On Nov. 9 and 10, 1938, a series of violent attacks were carried out on Jewish temples, stores, businesses and homes in Germany, Austria, and part of what was Czechoslovakia. The pogrom left cities with streets littered with shards of glass from the store windows that were shattered. Many consider the state-sanctioned, anti-Jewish crimes of vandalism, arson, personal assaults, theft, and punitive taxation of the victims, the starting point of the years-long Holocaust.

The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies annually marks the date by offering events devoted to education, reflection and peace building.

At the Saint Leo University campus in central Pasco County, Barnett is scheduled to present a talk, “Theologian against the Nazis: New Questions, New Findings about Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” from 2 - 3:30 p.m., in the Student Community Center, 33701 SR 52, St. Leo. Bonhoeffer emerged at a young age as an influential Christian thinker, author and an operative in a covert resistance movement against the Third Reich. His resistance activities were eventually discovered and he was executed by the Nazis.

In Tampa, Barnett will present “From Silence to Protest: Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant Responses during the Holocaust” from 7- 9 p.m. in the McLoughlin Center, 821 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. in Tampa, directly behind Christ the King Catholic Church. Rabbi James Rudin, former senior interreligious advisor for the American Jewish Committee and a co-founder of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, will offer a response.

Barnett’s two lectures are free and open to the public. Because of limited seating, an RSVP for this event is required by Nov. 1 to For more information about the center, contact Director Matthew Tapie, PhD, at

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