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Sunday, March 17, 1pm
Jewish Federation Kopolow Building

While one typically associates archaeology with the study of the distant past, Biblical archaeology Professor Richard Freund, the Maurice Greenberg Professor of History at the University of Hartford, has used traditional and cutting-edge techniques to shed new light on a range of subjects, from ancient Qumran to the Holocaust.

On Sunday, March 17 at 1:00 pm, Dr. Freund will discuss his work at Sobibor, one of the six notorious Nazi death camps in Poland. This event, co-sponsored by the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, in Memory of Gloria M. Goldstein, Bais Abraham Congregation and the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library, will take place at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, in Creve Coeur.

Sobibor was the site of a famous rebellion on October 14, 1943. This uprising and its leaders have been the subject of many books and films. Although the Nazis attempted to bury the camp and obliterate any evidence of its horrors, recent work has revealed elements about the Holocaust that were unknown nearly 70 years after Sobibor was closed, bulldozed and planted over with pine trees. Dr. Freund will talk about the University of Hartford’s “Sobibor project” and the archaeological work that is being done there.  The material in this presentation is included in Dr. Freund’s new book: Digging Through History: Religion and Archaeology from Atlantis to the Holocaust,” which will be available for purchase following the program. In addition, a short trailer from a television documentary currently being made about Sobibor will also be screened. This program is free of charge and open to the public. For additional information, please call 314-442-3714 or email