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Last modified: Friday, May 17, 2002

President Bush names IU's Rosenfeld to U.S. Holocaust Council

NOTE: Rosenfeld will travel to Germany on Sunday (May 19) to present a series of lectures on the Holocaust. He can be contacted before his departure at 812-855-2325 (office), 812-339-8101 (home) or

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Alvin Rosenfeld, director of the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University, has been named by President George W. Bush as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Rosenfeld, a noted Holocaust scholar, author and lecturer, will serve until 2007 on the council that oversees the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This museum, dedicated to Holocaust remembrance and education, has attracted more than 17 million visitors since opening in 1993. The Web site for the museum is

"I am deeply honored by this exciting appointment and look forward to serving," said Rosenfeld, who founded the IU Jewish Studies Program nearly 30 years ago. The program is recognized as a national leader in the field of Jewish studies.

Rosenfeld, also a professor of English at IU, has been affiliated with the U.S. Holocaust Council as a special adviser to the chairman and a member of the Education Committee. He has written two books on the Holocaust and translated a third, and he serves on the editorial boards of two scholarly journals on the Holocaust. He also has edited several other publications that deal with the Holocaust.