15 2021

Dr. Zev Harel Presentation

3:15PM - 4:45PM  

Zoom Meeting ID: 934 9289 6286
Passcode: 334240


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Dr. Zev Harel, professor of social work, emeritus, and a survivor of Auschwitz, Mauthausen, and Ebensee, will be making a presentation (via Zoom) in our class (SSC 3300, Genocide and the Holocaust) on Thursday, 15 April 2021, from 3:15-4:45 p.m. 

The title of his presentation is On Being an Inmate in Nazi Work and Death Camps: Resettlement, Imprisonment, Survival, Liberation, and Life after the Nazis. There will be time reserved for a Q + A period. 

Zev Harel, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Cleveland State University

Dr. Zev Harel is a survivor of Auschwitz, Mauthausen and Ebensee concentration camps. He was liberated by the U.S. Army's 3rd Cavalry at the age of 15.  During his recovery at the Bergen Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, he assisted with the illegal immigration activities (Bricha) of the Palestine Jewish Brigade and facilitated displaced Jewish Holocaust survivors to get into Palestine. 

In Palestine, at the age of 16, Dr. Harel volunteered to serve with the Hagana, the largest of the underground Jewish defense forces.  In 1947, he joined the Harel Brigade of the Palmach, the elite Jewish defense force at the time. 

Though the United Nations approved the official establishment of Israel in 1948, a war between Israel and six Arab nations began on May 14, 1948.  Dr. Harel fought in Israel's War of Independence and in the 1956 Sinai Campaign against Egypt.  He served in the military reserves as an officer with Israel's 9th Brigade Recognizance Unit until 1965. 

Dr. Harel studied for and earned a high school degree in Israel. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and received graduate degrees from the University of Michigan (his MSW), and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (his PhD).  He is Professor Emeritus of the School of Social Work at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Harel has been a public speaker about the Holocaust for the past 40 years as he honors the memories and legacies of the Holocaust.  He has been engaged in speaking about these topics to high school students, college students, and educators at local, state and national levels.  Dr. Harel has also spoken at Holocaust Teacher Workshops sponsored by the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust and at Holocaust Remembrance events in North Carolina. Among his numerous awards, he was recipient of the Ellie Wiesel Award of Honor.

Dr. Harel is married to Bernice Harel and together they retired to Greensboro where their younger daughter resides.

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Meeting ID: 934 9289 6286
Passcode: 334240