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Renowned author to speak at Holocaust Museum (Released: 9/29/95)

by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Scholar, author and Holocaust survivor Nechama Tec will speak at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Oct. 5.

Tec, a professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus, will give a lecture in part relying on research from her latest book, Defiance: The Bielski Partisans.

The book is based on research about a Jewish group of partisans who took on the dual role of rescuers and fighters during World War II. Through this research Tec deals with the unexamined issue of Jewish rescue by Jews. She also dispels the widely accepted myth that under German occupation European Jews went passively to their deaths.

Tec will discuss the intricate relationships between self-preservation, the selfless protection of the persecuted and charismatic leadership. A week later, she returns to the museum to talk about Women in the Forest: Their Place in the Resistance Movement. Once again, the lecture will rely on some research findings from Defiance.

Defiance has been optioned for a motion picture. Recently several other producers have expressed an interest in the book if it is released by the current option holder, Tec said.

During the spring semester of 1995 Tec was a visiting scholar at the International Center for Holocaust Research in Jerusalem. It was there she collected data for her next book on the Holocaust and gender.

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