Eisenhower and Crimes of the Holocaust CSPAN Video

June 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

 Dear Friends,

This lecture given at the Eisenhower Presidential Library is revealing in the context of the all important role General Eisenhower played in documenting the atrocities of the Holocaust.

We think you will find it remarkable and memorable.

All the best, 

Harriet and Bill

Below is a description of the lecture and Law Professor Reicher’s biographical information.  

CLICK HERE to watch the video.

Professor Harry Reicher talked about an episode which occurred in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust. While liberating concentration camps and witnessing sights that “beggar description,” General Eisenhower ensured the horrific scenes were captured for posterity in graphic photographs and film as he grasped the impact which visual evidence was to have in the Nuremberg Trials, and foresaw the era of Holocaust denial. “Eisenhower and the Writing of Holocaust History” was the final program in the seven-month series “Eisenhower and the Righteous Cause: The Liberation of Europe.” It was held in the Visitors Center Auditorium of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

Born in Prague and raised in Australia, Harry Reicher is a graduate of Monash University, in Melbourne, with graduate law degrees from the University of Melbourne and Harvard Law School. From 1995-2004, he was Director of International Affairs and Representative to the United Nations of Agudath Israel World Organization, in which capacity he practiced international law and diplomacy in the field of human rights, with particular emphasis on freedom of religion. In addition, he was heavily involved in Holocaust-era restitution, reparations and compensation, and the plethora of litigation arising therefrom. As a Barrister at Law, he has argued cases before a range of courts and tribunals, including the High Court of Australia, and the courts of England, up to the House of Lords (and also in the United States). These have resulted in numerous precedent-setting judgments in the areas of international law (environmental law and human rights), taxation and corporate law. As an academic, he has taught a range of international law and taxation courses at law schools in Australia and the US. He has taught at Penn Law School since 1995, and has pioneered what is effectively a new academic discipline, combining Holocaust studies and law. In 2004, President Bush appointed him to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He has published in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and is the editor of Australian International Law: Cases and Materials, the first-ever indigenous Australian Casebook on international law. His book, “Holocaust Law: Materials and Commentary”, will shortly be ready for publication.

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