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Norman Finkelstein speaks TODAY about Holocaust-Palestine at 5pm

Norman Finkelstein, scholar and iconoclast, discusses contemporary treatments of the Jewish holocaust, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and related topics.

April 9 Tuesday 5:00 pm

Harold Washington Library Center
400 South State Street
Chicago Authors Room 7th Floor
Norman Finkelstein, scholar and iconoclast, discusses contemporary treatments of the Jewish holocaust, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and related topics.

April 9 Tuesday 5:00 pm

Harold Washington Library Center
400 South State Street
Chicago Authors Room 7th Floor

Norman Finkelstein, recently of the City University of New York and currently visiting professor at DePaul University, evoked considerable international reaction with publication of "The Holocaust Industry" in June 2000, which topped the bestseller list in many countries ranging from Brazil, Belgium and the Netherlands to Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Every major British publication devoted at least a full page to the book, while France's Le Monde gave it two full pages and an editorial. It has been the subject of numerous radio and television programs and several feature-length documentaries in various foreign countries.

Finkelstein argues that the "Holocaust Industry" sprang up after the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, primarily in order to achieve certain political objectives of Jewish-Zionist leaders in the U.S. and internationally. "The Holocaust Industry" continues to inspire intense debate, and is scheduled for 16 foreign language translations.

Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate from Princeton University for a thesis on the theory of Zionism. In addition to "The Holocaust Industry," he is the author of three previous books: "Image and Reality of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict" (Verso Press 1995), "The Rise and Fall of Palestine" (University of Minnesota 1996), and, with Ruth Bettina Birn, "A Nation on Trial: the Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth" (Henry Holt 1998). He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1953, son of Maryla Husyt Finkelstein, survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto and of Maidenek concentration camp, and Zacharias Finkelstein, survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Auschwitz concentration camp. Finkelstein offers more information at www.normanfinkelstein.com.

Sponsored by the Society in Focus series of the Chicago Public Library.

Free event. For more information, call 312-747-4600.
 
 

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