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Russian/Eurasian Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, and Anthropology Program Present

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Archaeology of the Holocaust: From the Great Synagogue of Vilna to Ponar, Lithuania
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Richard A. Freund, University of Hartford
Richard Freund leads an international team using noninvasive archeological and geoscience techniques to explore Jewish sites in Vilna (Vilnius, Lithuania), including the remains of the Great Synagogue and the locale of mass killings during the Holocaust. In this talk he will describe his work and future plans for the sites, as well as show film clips from episodes of Nova featuring his discoveries. Prof. Cecile Kuznitz will also provide historical background on the Jewish landscape of Vilna.

Richard Freund is the director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and Greenberg Professor of Jewish History at the University of Hartford. He has directed six archeological projects in Israel and three projects in Europe. Prof. Freund is the author of six books on archeology, two books on Jewish ethics, and more than one hundred scholarly articles, and has appeared in 15 television documentaries.

For more information, call 845-758-7543, or e-mail

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium