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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission


Operation Texas: LBJ and the Holocaust

Event details
Calendar   Speaking Engagements
Location Zoom
Date Tue, Dec 7, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration   1h

Please join the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas for their workshop on "Operation Texas: LBJ and the Holocaust" which will explore the claim that Lyndon B. Johnson, while a freshman congressman, led a clandestine rescue mission to save European Jews from the Holocaust.

Dr. Nils Roemer, Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, Director of the Ackerman Center, and Stan and Barbara Rabin Distinguished Professor in Holocaust Studies, will lead the discussion.

Three presenters who have investigated the claim will share their findings and conclusions.

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Dr. David P. Bell served as chair of the board of trustees for Holocaust Museum Houston from 2002-2003. He was involved in the creation of the museum in the 1990s and was instrumental in establishing the rationale and criteria for selection of the recipients of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award, which is given annually by the museum. Dr. Bell received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his doctorate in education from Stanford University. He served for nearly four decades as an administrator at the University of Houston System.

Claudia Anderson has served for over fifty years as an archivist at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. She began working as a staff archivist at the LBJ Library in 1969, after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin and served as the Library’s Supervisory Archivist from 2004 to 2016. In 2013, the National Archives and Records Administration honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary contributions to the National Archives during her years at the LBJ Library. Though now retired, she continues to work at the LBJ Library through a contract with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation.

Philip Barber is a research assistant and PhD candidate at the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas, where he was twice awarded the Mike Jacobs Fellowship in Holocaust Studies. Under the direction of Nils Roemer and sponsored by a grant from the Texas Holocaust Genocide and Antisemitism Advisory Committee, he spent two years researching the claim that Lyndon Johnson organized a clandestine rescue mission to save European Jews during the Holocaust.

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