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(Mahwah) – The Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Ramapo College is co-sponsoring a series of programs exploring new insights into the reverberations of French behavior during the Holocaust experience:

Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m.
Ramapo College, York Room, The Mansion
French Antisemitism Today and Yesterday: ‘Egalite’ Faces the Challenge of ‘The Other'”
Presented by Dr. Richard H. Weisberg
Walter Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law and Codirector, Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Sunday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Glen Rock Jewish Center
682 Harristown Road, Glen Rock, NJ 07452
France Divided (La France Diviseé)”
(USA, 2002, 38 min., video, French with English subtitles)
Directors: Barbara P. Barnett and Eileen M. Angelini
Eileen Angelini will introduce the film and conduct a Q&A afterwards.

In his acclaimed study, Vichy Law and the Holocaust in France (NYU Press, 1996), Professor Weisberg broke new ground in examining the involvement of France’s legal community in implementing Nazi Germany’s efforts to exterminate Europe’s Jews. He also has pioneered the worldwide Law and Literature” movement and is the author of When Lawyers Write (Aspen, 1987); The Failure of the Word: The Protagonist As Lawyer in Modern Fiction (Yale, 1989); and Poethics and Other Strategies of Law and Literature (Columbia, 1992).

An editor of the Columbia Law Review, he was a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Society for the Humanities of Cornell University, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1998, he was named a Guggenheim Fellow for his study of the privatization of public discourse. From 1979 to 1986, he was president of the Law and Humanities Institute and has been its chair since 1987. In 1983, he became chair of the law and humanities section of the American Association of Law Schools. Professor Weisberg is founding editor of Law and Literature.

France Divided (La France Diviseé ) presents a complex and compelling portrait of French complicity and resistance during World War II through interviews with seven people whose accounts of the period differ dramatically –a Holocaust survivor, three hidden children, two historians (including Serge Klarsfeld) and Resistance leader Lucie Aubrac. Each interviewee gives a very different account of the times by virtue of his/her personal experiences. Also included are the historic public apologies of the French government and the Catholic Church. La France Divisée was shown last January at the 13th annual New York Jewish Film Festival.

The series is free and open to the public. School groups are welcome. For further details, please contact Dr. Michael A. Riff at 201.684.7409 or; mriff@ramapo.edu.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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