The Archaeology of the Holocaust with Prof. Richard Freund

This lecture will survey Professor Richard Freund’s methodology in the archaeology of the Holocaust – done with preliminary noninvasive geoscience scans of all sites, evaluation of testimonies and documentation and followed by limited and pinpoint excavation in Poland, Lithuania and Greece – which has drawn acclaim from Holocaust survivors, Rabbinic authorities and researchers alike. It has now been chronicled in a series of documentaries, and Dr. Freund will show why this new technique just may aid future research of all genocides.

Dr. Richard A. Freund is the Maurice Greenberg Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. Professor Freund has directed over a dozen archaeological projects on behalf of the University of Hartford in Israel, including sites associated with the beginnings of Christianity and Judaism at Nazareth, Bethsaida, and Qumran, site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In addition, he has directed projects on behalf of the University of Hartford in Spain (2 sites), Poland (3 sites), Rhodes, Greece (four sites) and Lithuania (15 sites in Lithuania).

Dr. Freund’s work has been featured in the New York TimesTime magazine, Reader’s DigestNewsweekArchaeology, three major articles in Smithsonian magazine and featured on the BBC, MSNBC, CNN, NPR and Fox News and in hundreds of media outlets worldwide.His work is featured in 20 television documentaries from National Geographic, CNN, Discovery, History Channel and PBS. His most recent work in Lithuania has been chronicled in a recent NOVA PBS science series episode: “Holocaust Escape Tunnel” on the new discoveries made in the Ponar Burial Pits and the Great Synagogue of Vilna, Lithuania that has been seen around the world. His most recent work on “The Good Nazi” was viewed [in Hebrew] on April, 2018 on Israeli TV for Holocaust Memorial Day and will be on US and Canadian TV for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

Dr. Freund is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and eleven books (written or co-edited) including his two last books: Digging through History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012; paperback 2016). In spring, 2019 his new book: Archaeology of the Holocaust: Vilna, Rhodes, and Escape Tunnels (Rowman &Littlefield, 2019) will be published.











When: Mon., May 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Where: The Explorers Club
46 E. 70th St.
212-628-8383
Price: $25
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This lecture will survey Professor Richard Freund’s methodology in the archaeology of the Holocaust – done with preliminary noninvasive geoscience scans of all sites, evaluation of testimonies and documentation and followed by limited and pinpoint excavation in Poland, Lithuania and Greece – which has drawn acclaim from Holocaust survivors, Rabbinic authorities and researchers alike. It has now been chronicled in a series of documentaries, and Dr. Freund will show why this new technique just may aid future research of all genocides.

Dr. Richard A. Freund is the Maurice Greenberg Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. Professor Freund has directed over a dozen archaeological projects on behalf of the University of Hartford in Israel, including sites associated with the beginnings of Christianity and Judaism at Nazareth, Bethsaida, and Qumran, site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In addition, he has directed projects on behalf of the University of Hartford in Spain (2 sites), Poland (3 sites), Rhodes, Greece (four sites) and Lithuania (15 sites in Lithuania).

Dr. Freund’s work has been featured in the New York TimesTime magazine, Reader’s DigestNewsweekArchaeology, three major articles in Smithsonian magazine and featured on the BBC, MSNBC, CNN, NPR and Fox News and in hundreds of media outlets worldwide.His work is featured in 20 television documentaries from National Geographic, CNN, Discovery, History Channel and PBS. His most recent work in Lithuania has been chronicled in a recent NOVA PBS science series episode: “Holocaust Escape Tunnel” on the new discoveries made in the Ponar Burial Pits and the Great Synagogue of Vilna, Lithuania that has been seen around the world. His most recent work on “The Good Nazi” was viewed [in Hebrew] on April, 2018 on Israeli TV for Holocaust Memorial Day and will be on US and Canadian TV for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

Dr. Freund is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and eleven books (written or co-edited) including his two last books: Digging through History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012; paperback 2016). In spring, 2019 his new book: Archaeology of the Holocaust: Vilna, Rhodes, and Escape Tunnels (Rowman &Littlefield, 2019) will be published.

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