Friday, November 14, 2014

History & Politics Speaker Series: Dr. Annamaria Orla-Bukowska

On November 8, approximately 80 people attended a lecture by Dr. Annamaria Orla-Bukowska on The Other Side of the Coin: The Righteous Among the Nations of the World. The event was co-sponsored by the History & Political Science Department and the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo.

Alfred Karney (President of the Polish Arts Club) welcomes the audience

Dr. Andrew Wise (Associate Prof. of History) introduces Dr. Orla-Bukowska

Members of the Buffalo community joined students, faculty, and staff for Dr. Orla-Bukowska's presentation on the heroic stories of non-Jews in Poland and elsewhere who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. These people have been named as “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority).

Dr. Orla-Bukowska answers a question from the audience

Dr. Orla-Bukowska in discussion with guests after the lecture

Dr. Orla-Bukowska is a social anthropologist in the Institute of Sociology at the Jagiellonian  University in Krakow. Her specialization is Polish Christian-Polish Jewish relations in the 20th and 21st centuries. She was a 1999 Koerner Holocaust Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew & Jewish Studies, a 2004 Yad Vashem Fellow in Jerusalem, and a 2009 Skalny Center Fellow at the University of Rochester.

Click here for a full report of the event (including an interview with History & Political Science major Jordan Sieracki), which was published in the Am-Pol Eagle:
Photos courtesy of Roger Puchalski and Dr. Lisa Parshall

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