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Holocaust oral historian and political activist Lani Silver will lecture on "The Holocaust and Social Injustice" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in room 101 of the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building.

The lecture is sponsored by Old Dominion University's Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding.

Silver founded the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project in 1981 and was executive director until 1997. She was also Steven Spielberg's initial consultant and interviewer trainer for his Holocaust oral history project, the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which recently completed some 53,000 oral histories.

Silver, with historian Eric Saul, spent the past seven years discovering and promoting the story of Chiune Sugihara, known as "the Japanese Schindler," Japan's consul general to Lithuania in the late-1930s and early-'40s who saved more than 4,000 Jews from Nazi death camps against the orders of the Japanese government. Silver also co-edited the book "Mrs. Yukiko," Sugihara's English-language memoir, and has published two books in Japan about the Sugihara story.

Silver is the author of several opinion pieces published in Bay Area media and has produced hundreds of stories for National Public Radio, winning ten awards for radio production and community service.

More information is available by calling 683-3875.

This article was posted on: March 16, 2004

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