Eli Rosenbaum of the Department of Justice to Speak at Kean University on the Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi Criminals

UNION, N.J. - The Human Rights Institute and the M.A. in Holocaust & Genocide Studies program at Kean University will host a lecture, Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi Criminals and Other Human Rights Violators in the United States, on Monday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m. in Hennings Hall, Room 113, located at 1000 Morris Ave. in Union, N.J. Eli M. Rosenbaum, director of Human Rights Enforcement Strategy and Policy for the United States Department of Justice, will serve as the guest speaker.

The event is free and open to the public. Educators are encouraged to bring their classes. For more information, please contact Dr. Keith Nunes at knunes@kean.edu.

Rosenbaum is the longest-serving prosecutor and investigator of Nazi criminals and other perpetrators of human rights violations in world history, having worked on these cases at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for nearly 25 years.

From 1994 to 2010, as director of the DOJ’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Rosenbaum investigated and prosecuted World War II-era Nazi criminals. He also worked on criminal and civil cases involving participants in post-World War II crimes of genocide, extrajudicial killing and torture committed abroad under color of foreign law. Rosenbaum previously served as a trial attorney and deputy director at OSI. He has also worked as a corporate litigator in Manhattan with the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

In March 2010, OSI merged with another Criminal Division section to form the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section. Today, Rosenbaum remains in charge of the enforcement efforts in the World War II Nazi cases. He also directs the development of strategic and policy initiatives in the “modern,” post-WWII, human rights cases. Under his leadership, OSI has won major awards from Jewish organizations and Holocaust survivor groups. OSI was called "the most successful government Nazi-hunting organization on earth" (ABC News, 3/25/95).

The mission of the Human Rights Institute at Kean University is to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide and to inspire action to combat injustices worldwide. The Human Rights Institute sponsors a broad range of activities, including seminars and conferences, and works with school districts to produce curricula and materials for students. The M.A. in Holocaust & Genocide Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that specifically studies the Holocaust, antisemitism, other Genocides and atrocities that human beings commit against each other.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.

Millie Gonzalez

February 17, 2011

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