Building Bridges: Polish-Jewish Perspectives Event in St. Louis
Dr. Aleksander Skotnicki, a recipient of the Jan Karski and Pola Nirenska award, will present a program about “Building Bridges: Polish-Jewish Perspectives” on April 18 at the St. Louis Four Seasons Hotel.
Dr. Skotnicki has an interesting background, since he is a Professor of Hematology at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.
As a physician, he has spent a significant part of his life working with people of different nationalities, ages and religions. Dr. Skotnicki’s visit comes during the same week as Yom Hashoah and Holocaust Remembrance Day, which commemorates the April 19 anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
His lecture will highlight photos of Krakow’s Jewish community, many of which were killed during the Nazi German occupation of Poland during WWII. But there were rescues by Polish Christians as well. He will also discuss his latest book “Oskar Schindler in the Eyes of Cracovian Jews Rescued by Him.”
Dr. Skotnicki’s Jan Karski and Pola Nirenska award was conferred on him by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York in 2009.
The Distinguished Professor Lecture is a series of endowed lectures on wide variety of topics of interest to the Saint Louis Polonia community. This event has been organized by St. Louis Polonia as part of the ARCH program for physicians in the United States. Co-chairs for the dinner are Lila Solnica-Krezel, PhD and Cathy Rothstein.