Lecture to Discuss How European Cities Dealt with Holocaust

The 2017 Rabbi Seymour Siegel Memorial Lecture at St. Lawrence University will be delivered by Samuel D. Gruber, director of Gruber Heritage Global, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Griffiths Arts Center, room 123. The event is free and open to the public, and a dessert reception will follow.

Gruber is an internationally recognized expert on Jewish art, architecture and the historic preservation of Jewish sites and monuments. He has been a leader in the documentation, protection and preservation of historic Jewish sites worldwide for 25 years, and he presently directs Gruber Heritage Global, a cultural-resources contusing firm.

Gruber was the founding director of the Jewish Heritage Program of World Monuments Fund and has consulted on cultural heritage projects for numerous organizations and institutions. He served as research director of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad from 1998 through 2008 for which he organized and published over a dozen countrywide surveys of historic sites and monuments of Jewish and other ethnic and religious minorities in countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

He is visiting associate professor of Jewish studies at Cornell University, and since 1994, a lecturer in Jewish studies at Syracuse University. Gruber received his bachelor’s in medieval studies from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in art and architectural history from Columbia University. He is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Rome, where he won the prestigious Rome Prize in Art History.

His lecture, titled “Building Memory: How European Cities Confront (or Avoid) the Holocaust,” traces the many ways the terrible actions of the Holocaust have been commemorated in four European capital cities – Paris, Warsaw, Berlin and Vilnius – each of which experienced World War II and subsequent decades in a very different way. Gruber will present and analyze what he calls “memorial cityscapes” and discuss changing political, social, and religious attitudes toward the Holocaust, and the changing artistic and academic approaches to the making of monuments.

Siegel was a noted Conservative Jewish author and scholar. His family donated his papers to St. Lawrence University’s Owen D. Young Library and created an endowment for an annual lecture on campus in his memory.

For more information, contact 315-229-5454.