Holocaust, Irish History on LBI Library Agenda

For the past 11 years, a September tradition at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City has been the “Lessons from the Holocaust” lecture series by Ken Konchan. He returns to the branch for a lecture on “The Search, Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann” on Monday, Sept 11, and will show the documentary film “Elusive Justice” on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Both programs begin at 1 p.m. Konchan is a professor of humanities, philosophy and ethics at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio.

In the Sept. 11 program, Konchan will point out that Eichmann was one of the most pivotal actors in the deportation of European Jewry during the Holocaust. At the war’s end, he found himself in U.S. custody, but escaped in 1946 and fled to Argentina, where he lived under a number of aliases. The talk will illuminate the work of the agents of the Mossad, the Israeli security service, to find Eichmann and bring him to Israel to stand trial.

“Elusive Justice” discusses how the sustained international manhunt and centralized prosecution of bringing Nazi war criminals to justice was undertaken by a handful of individuals. The film traces the origins of these Nazi hunters who acted without official status or government support. A question and answer session with Konchan will follow the film.

Konchan is also an authority on Irish history, and on Friday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. he will present a program on the Celts.

He said the first historical record of the Celts, a loose grouping of tribes that lived in an area north of the Alps and around the Danube River, was by the Greeks around 700 B.C. Over the next few hundred years they spread east and west across Europe. The origins of Celtic influence in Ireland, and its impact on later Irish history will be central to the lecture about Celtic myths, heroes and traditions.

To register for any of the programs, call the branch at 609-494-2480.

– Reposted from The Sandpaper