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April 21, 2010

The School of Law and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies will present two public lectures by Holocaust, law and history expert Michael Marrus, April 22 and 23, 2010

The School of Law and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin will cosponsor two lectures by Michael R. Marrus, an expert on the Holocaust, law, and history at the University of Toronto, on April 22 and 23, 2010. Both talks are free and open to the public.

The M. Harvey Weil Centennial Lectureship presents “Some Measure of Justice: Re-Examining the Holocaust Era Restitution Campaign of the 1990s,” on Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. in the School of Law’s Eidman Courtroom. In this lecture, Marrus will reflect on the Holocaust restitution campaign of the 1990s, drawing upon his recently published book on the subject. At the heart of his talk is a seldom-asked question: How does the recent encounter of the Holocaust with the law affect our historical understanding of the Jewish catastrophe?

Marrus will deliver his second lecture, “Saint-making: Pope Pius XII, the Catholic Church, and the Jews,” at noon on Friday, April 23, in Garrison Hall, Room 1.102, on the University of Texas campus. This lecture will investigate what has irreverently been referred to as the “Pius Wars,” the highly politicized campaign to make Pius XII, who was pope during World War II, into a saint. Marrus will pose these questions: What are the implications of this campaign for Catholics? And for Jews?

Marrus is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies in the Department of History, adjunct professor of law, and the former dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and member of the Order of Canada, he teaches courses in law and history. He has been a visiting fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford; the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and has taught as a visiting professor at UCLA and the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

He is the author of, among other books, The Politics of Assimilation: French Jews at the Time of the Dreyfus Affair; Vichy France and the Jews (with Robert Paxton); The Unwanted: European Refugees in the Twentieth Century; The Holocaust in History; and The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, 1945–46. His most recent book is Some Measure of Justice: The Holocaust Era Restitution Campaign of the 1990s.

The M. Harvey Weil Centennial Lectureship was established in 1982 by M. Harvey Weil, who was then the senior managing partner of the Corpus Christi law firm of Kleberg, Dyer, Redford & Weil (later known as Kleberg & Head).  This endowed lectureship enables Law School to invite a distinguished member of the legal community to speak each year.

The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin provides a multidisciplinary Jewish Studies curriculum for students at the University of Texas, extensive and innovative public programming on Jewish culture, and an innovative crossroads for research on the study of Jewish life in the Americas, its place in Jewish history, and its contemporary and future relationship to the State of Israel.

Contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or kfortune@law.utexas.edu.