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Nechama Tec to speak at Holocaust commemoration (Released: 4/8/96)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Nechama Tec, a professor of sociology at The University of Connecticut's Stamford Campus, will give the keynote address at a community-wide Yom Hashoa Commemoration April 15.

Women of Valor in the Holocaust is the theme of the commemoration, which will take place at Emanual Synagogue in West Hartford at 7 p.m. Tec, a Holocaust scholar who has written six books, will lecture on Jewish Women in the Resistance.

Tec has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad. Since 1977, she has been conducting research about compassion, altruism, resistance to evil, and the rescue of Jews during World War II.

Tec s most recent book, Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, published by Oxford University Press in 1993, was awarded first prize for Holocaust literature by the World Federation of Fighters, Partisans and Concentration Camp Survivors in Israel. Defiance also won the 1994 International Ann Frank Special Recognition Prize in Switzerland.

She was a scholar-in-residence at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem in 1995, where she collected data for her next book on women during the Holocaust.

The event is sponsored by the Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

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