25 July 2009

Philly 2009: Opening session schedule

The conference's opening session schedule for Sunday evening, August 2, has been announced by program co-chair Mark Halpern:

6:30-7:20pm
Book sale, Father Desbois' "The Holocaust by Bullets" (TBA)
7:30-8:45pm
Opening Session, with Father Desbois' keynote address ( Liberty Ballroom C/D)
8:45-10pm
Opening Reception (Liberty Foyer); book sale/signing by Father Desbois (TBA)
10:15-11pm
Screening, "Hitler's Hidden Holocaust" (Liberty Ballroom C/D)

Some time ago, Mark had announced that the National Geographic Channel was going to premiere the one-hour special - "Hitler's Hidden Holocaust" - on Sunday night, August 2. the conference has been able to acquire a copy and permission to screen it as part of the opening session.

The documentary, in part, follows Father Desbois in his quest to find still unknown killing sites throughout Ukraine and document the crimes through witness accounts. Included are interviews with Museum of Jewish Heritage director Dr. David Marwell.

Marwell previously served as Chief of Investigative Research for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Investigations, and was responsible for conducting historical and forensic research in support of Justice Department prosecution of Nazi war criminals.

He will introduce Father Desbois and moderate the Q&A following his keynote talk and screen the documentary.

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