Thursday, April 27th, 2023 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
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Florida Holocaust Museum 
55 5th St.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Sasha Bergstrasser 
The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University 

Eli's Story and Catholic

Reaction to the Holocaust

Thursday April 27th | 7-8:30pm

 The CCJS and the Florida Holocaust Museum invite you to join a panel of scholars who will discuss the story of Eli Rochelson and the question of Catholic reaction to the Holocaust and displaced persons after the Second World War. Eli’s Story is a moving account of the life of a Holocaust survivor, Eli Rochelson, born in Kovno, Lithuania, in 1907. 

This program features a panel of distinguished scholars, including two of Eli Rochelson's children, Dr. Meri-Jane Rochelson, and Dr. Burt Rochelson. They, along with the esteemed Holocaust scholar Fr. Kevin Spicer, will discuss how Eli's story sheds important light on the Jewish experience of the Holocaust and Jewish displaced persons. The panel will also discuss Catholic reactions to displaced persons and the Holocaust during and after the war. Dr. Meri-Jane Rochelson is the author of Eli's Story, and the daughter of the late Eli Rochelson. At the core of the book is her father's story in his own words, taken from an interview he did with his son, Dr. Burt Rochelson, in the mid-1970s. 

You can obtain a copy of Eli's Story here.