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CCBC hosts Sociologist and Holocaust Survivor Fred Emil Katz
as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day

1:30 p.m., April 28, Library, CCBC Catonsville

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (April 11, 2014) – Community College of Baltimore County students will have the rare privilege of learning about the Holocaust from one of its survivors. Fred Emil Katz was born in a small town in Germany to an Orthodox Jewish family. After the Nazis took control, his parents sent him to England in 1939 as part of the “Kindertransport,” (the informal name of a series of rescue efforts which brought more than 20,000 refugee Jewish children to Great Britain). His parents and half-brother were killed in death camps in Poland.

Dr. Katz will be speaking at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 28, in room 115 in the Library at CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road. This program commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Dr. Michael Sanow at 443-840-4328.

After the war, Katz worked in factories for six years and then served in the U.S. Army. He went on to earn a doctorate in Sociology from the University of North Carolina and taught at several major universities, including UNC.

Sociologist Katz, a prolific author, has written seven books. According to Dr. Katz, “My previous books, Ordinary People and Extraordinary Evil: A report on the Beguilings of Evil (State University of New York Press 1993) and Confronting Evil: Two Journeys (State University of New York Press 2004) deal with evil, but they do so in a way that shows we don’t need to remain victims – at the mercy of forces we cannot control. We CAN get mastery over evil by listening to my message on how evil is actually produced.”

Katz continues, “In the present work, Our Quest for Effective Living: How We Cope in Social Space/ A Window to A New Science (Authorhouse 2009), I take this a step further. That we humans not only live in physical space, about which the physicists have taught us a great deal, but we also live in “Social Space,” about which I open up an entirely new vision, giving us many new insights about what is going on in our life.”

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