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The Freeman Family Holocaust Education Centre of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada is thrilled to announce a public lecture by Dr. Thomas Lutz as part of its Face of the Ghetto Exhibit.

The lecture will take place in the Berney Theatre on Wednesday, February 11 at 7 pm and admission is free. Dr. Lutz will be flying in from Berlin to speak to Winnipeg audiences as a special feature of this exhibit. (Please see his biography below.) His travel to Winnipeg is generously co-sponsored by the Ridd Institute for Religion and Global Policy, Global College, University of Winnipeg, German and Slavic Studies, History and Jewish Studies all of the U of M as well as the Holocaust Education Centre. During his time in Winnipeg, in addition to the public lecture, Dr. Lutz will be speaking at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba.
Thomas Lutz is the Head of the Memorial Museums Department of the Topography of Terror Foundation. Since 1984 he has worked in the Berlin office of ARSP on the newly founded Memorial Museums Department which coordinates the work of memorial sites, especially those with a focus on recognition and the documentation of Holocaust victims. His assignment also includes the counselling of governments, parliaments and non-governmental-organisations as well as diverse educational work and public relations. Since 1993 he has been working in the same capacity for the Topography of Terror Foundation in Berlin.
Thomas Lutz is chairman of the international board of the Brandenburg Memorial Foundation. He is also the manager of the Working Group Concentration Camp Memorials in Germany. The federal commissioner for culture and media appointed him in the expert body for advising on the financial allocation in the context of the federal memorial site stock. On an international level he co-founded the International Committee of Memorial Museums in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes (IC MEMO) as International Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 2001 in Barcelona. He is vice-president of the IC MEMO.
Since 2000 Lutz has been one of the German delegates of the former Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF), now International Holocaust Remembrance Association (IHRA) to which currently 31 countries are contributing. He was founding chairman of the Memorials and Museums Working Group of the ITF.
Lutz wrote his dissertation about the development of the permanent exhibitions that are funded by the federal memorial site stock since 2000. Thereby he examined the museological development and the constructive educational work (Technische Universität Berlin, Fakultät I, Prof. Hanns-Fred Rathenow und Prof. Dr. Volkhard Knigge, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena).

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