Operation Last Chance

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PCA, Room 135

On Monday, November 16th, at 6:30 PM, the Judaic Studies Program in FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs presents Dr. Efraim Zuroff, Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center—Jerusalem. Efraim Zuroff is an American-born Israeli historian who has played an important role in the efforts to bring Nazi war criminals to justice during the past 28 years.

Dr. Zuroff will discuss his role in Operation Last Chance, which he launched in 2002 together with Aryeh Rubin of the Targum Shlishi Foundation. Zuroff spearheaded a vast public campaign to locate and bring to justice as many as possible of the worst suspected Nazi criminals, before ill health or death spared them from standing trial. His efforts faced numerous roadblocks, including the passage of decades since the occurrence of the crimes, lack of cooperation from many governments and even death threats. Despite all of this, Zuroff’s project yielded the names of hundreds of alleged criminals who are still alive and at large. It also resulted in dozens of murder investigations, as well as several indictments and extradition requests that are currently pending.

Zuroff’s new book OPERATION LAST CHANCE: One Man’s Quest to Bring Nazi Criminals to Justice [Palgrave Macmillan/ PUB DATE: Nov 10th/ Hardcover/ 0-230-61730-1], tells the incredible story of this undertaking and the heroic measures Zuroff has taken to honor the victims of the Third Reich. Dr. Zuroff will be available after the lecture to sign books; copies of the book will be available for sale.

The event, co-sponsored by The Ruth K. and Shepard Broad International Lecture Series, will take place at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus at the Paul L. Cejas Architecture Building Auditorium (Room 135). The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Oren Stier, Director of the Judaic Studies Program at 305-348-7266.