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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)-Moravian College will kick-off the Fall Monday Roundtable Series with a lecture by Dr. Hans Wuerth on Monday, October 15, at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The lecture, "The Former Jewish Ghetto in Cracow, Poland Revisited: Impressions before and after the Filming of Spielberg's Schlindler's List," is open to the public and admission is free. Wuerth's insightful and fascinating slide/lecture presentation will focus on the history of the Jewish population in the historic city of Cracow, Poland.
Wuerth will display slides as he presents a tour of former Jewish district of Kazimierz as it looks today and compares it to the former ghetto in Podgorze across the Vistula River. He will also present slides and discuss the former concentration camp in Plaszow. The photos were taken in 1992 and 2001, some of the sites were depicted in the movie "Schindler's List.
Recently retired from a distinguished career as professor of German at Moravian College, Wuerth is recognized for his scholarly publications and lectures related to the Holocaust both here and abroad. Wuerth has generously given his energies and expertise to many organizations and committees throughout his life, and served as president of the Bethlehem Scwabisch Gmund Association for many years. During frequent travels to Germany and to other European countries he led numerous study and bicycle tours, including escorting thirteen students of German to the German Consulate and to the Goethe Institute in New York City in 1997.
Wuerth continues to commit both his professional and personal energies to education as key to understanding. The focus of his current scholarly activities concentrates on pre-war and post-war German literature. A second focus is on certain aspects of National Socialism, the Holocaust, Genocide and Racism.