‘Lessons From the Holocaust’ Series Opens Sept. 10

By Eric Englund | Aug 28, 2019

Surf City — For the past 13 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 in cooperation with the Friends of the Island Library. He returns for three programs beginning with “Deniers and Revisionists” on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m., followed by the showing of the film “Denial” on Thursday, Sept. 12, also at 10 a.m.

The series concludes with “Lost Jewish Art” on Monday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

A college professor from Ohio who has a local summer home, Konchan said a survey has shown that two-thirds of the world’s population either deny or don’t know that the Holocaust happened. This will be the theme of the first program, while the film documents a true story of the fight against revisionist history.

In the final presentation, Konchan will talk about the systematic looting of art from Jews and others, and the efforts being made to return it to the rightful owners or families.

Konchan is also an authority on Irish history, and on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., he will present “The Irish in America.”

He said the Irish who immigrated to the U.S. from the 16th to 20th centuries both were changed by America, and brought changes to their adopted nation. Konchan will discuss how these people achieved lives that would not have been possible in their home country of Ireland.

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

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