“The Holocaust, the Vatican and the Jews” will be the subject of a lecture by Dr. Susan Zuccotti, on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm, presented by the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. Dr. Susan Zuccotti will address the complex questions of how much Pius XII, pope from 1939 to 1959, knew about the Holocaust as well as examine his and the Catholic Church’s actions and inactions during this period. While defenders claim Pius XII was directly or indirectly responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of Jews, detractors assert his lack of overt action and relative silence. Dr. Zuccotti will draw on her decades-long, ongoing research on the role of the Pope and the Vatican during the Holocaust.

A light reception will follow this presentation in Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive; dietary laws observed. This program is open to the public and free of charge but seating is limited and reservations are required. This program is generously sponsored by Doctor Arthur and Marilyn (in loving memory) Gale and Family. For further information or to RSVP, please contact Andrew Goldfeder at 314-442-3711 or AGoldfeder@JFedSTL.org.

After receiving her Ph.D. in modern European history from Columbia University, Dr. Zuccotti taught Holocaust and general Western European history at Columbia and Barnard Colleges in New York City and at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.    Her numerous publications include,  The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival  (1987), and  Under His Very Windows: The Vatican and the Holocaust in Italy, (2000),  which  received the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish-Christian Relations and the Sybil Halpern Milton Prize of the German Studies Association.