Satan or Hero? The Story of a Jewish Kapo in Auschwitz


Mon, 04/24/2017 - 07:00

Eliezer Gruenbaum, the son of a famous Zionist leader, became a cruel Kapo in Auschwitz during World War II. He survived the war and subsequent trials for collaboration with the Nazis. In 1948, he fought heroically in Israel's War of Independence. Who was this man? Dr. Gil Ribak's lecture commemorates the wide-ranging academic interests and many contributions of Sol Littman (z"l), an expert on Yiddish-speaking Jews as well as on the pursuit of genocidal anti-Semites and their collaborators.

In Memory of Sol Littman

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies commemorates the work and legacy of Sol Littman, one of our faculty, but more importantly, a friend. Sol was a great person and contributed great things to the world, to our community, to the Center, and to our lives. May his memory be for a blessing.

Sol was the first director of the Canadian branch of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an organization that pursued Nazi war criminals and provided the research necessary to bring them to justice. In the mid-1990s, he became a visiting scholar at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona.


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