Award-Winning Writer and Producer Michael Berenbaum
to Discuss Jewish Partisans and Resistance Groups
during World War II

HOUSTON, TX (June 21, 2006) – During World War II, between 20,000 and 30,000 Jews escaped from ghettos and concentration camps to help create and join organized resistance groups fighting the Nazis.

Author, producer and professor Michael Berenbaum will discuss the significance of Jewish partisans and resistance groups in a free public address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, 2006 in the Herzstein Theater in the Morgan Family Center at Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District.

Dr. Michael Berenbaum

Berenbaum’s presentation, “The Role of Jewish Partisans and the Resistance during the Holocaust,â€? will focus on how these Jewish partisans, using guerrilla tactics, were responsible for blowing up thousands of armored convoys and thwarting the Nazi war machine in countless ways.

“Jewish resistance demonstrates that, even in the most extreme of conditions, people still can determine, at least in part, the nature of their fate. You may not have the power to live, but you do have the power to know how you will die, and the integrity in which you will live up until the moment of death,â€? Berenbaum said.

Berenbaum is the director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and serves as an adjunct professor of theology. He was also the adjunct professor of theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Berenbaum has served as the project director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing its creation and was the president and CEO of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

In addition to being a professor and serving as a director at various organizations, Berenbaum is the author and editor of 16 books. The Village Voice praised his book, “Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Campâ€? with, “The scholarship, broad and deep, makes this the definitive book on one of our century’s defining horrors.” Berenbaum is also the author of other popular titles such as “A Promise to Remember,â€? “After Tragedy and Triumph,â€? and “The World Must Know.â€?

His work as a producer in the film, “One Survivor Remembers: The Gerda Weissman Klein Storyâ€? received an Academy Award, an Emmy Award and the Cable Ace Award. He was also the historical consultant on The Shoah Foundation’s documentary “The Last Days,â€? which also won an Academy Award.

For his work in journalism, Berenbaum won the Simon Rockower Memorial Award of the American Jewish Press Association three times in three different categories during a two-year period. He has been featured on “Nightlineâ€? and the “Today Showâ€? as well as National Public Radio.

While admission is free, seating for the event is limited. For more information or to make reservations, call Tamara Savage at 713-942-8000, ext. 104 or e-mail tsavage@hmh.org.