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Dr. Samson Munn Joins Symposium

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013

The Symposium on Genocide and Human Rights will continue its yearlong exploration of reconciliation when Dr. Samson Munn, associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and vice chair of the Department of Radiology at Tufts Medical Center, joins campus. On Thursday, April 18, Munn will give a public evening program on "Encountering the Other in the Post-Genocide Setting" at 7 p.m. in Coxe Hall, Room 08.

Earlier that day, Munn will  offer a workshop titled, "I am...Dialogues," from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the Fisher Center. Those who hope to take part in the workshop should contact Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski at dobkowski@hws.edu, as there is a limited amount of space.

Both Munn's workshop and lecture will explore the reconciliation of those who perpetrated and those who were victims. In particular, Munn's work has centered around dialogues between the relations of Holocaust survivors and the relations perpetrators.

Munn was born to European Jewish immigrants in 1952 in New York. His father, a Polish master wood artisan, had survived the Auschwitz and Görlitz camps, while his mother, a nurse from Aurich, Germany, had survived Auschwitz, Gräben and Bergen-Belsen camps.

It was not until 1992 that Munn took part in a meeting of reconciliation; what was later called "To Reflect and Trust," was a group of 18 sons and daughters of Holocaust victims that met in Germany with the sons and daughters of Nazi perpetrators. Conceived and facilitated by Dan Baron, an Israeli psychologist and son of Holocaust refugees, Munn's involvement grew, until in 1995, Munn founded "The Austrian Encounter," a similar group meeting in Austria. Those who participated in these sessions were the children and grandchildren of those victims or perpetrators in Austria.

Since then, Munn has written extensively on post-genocide dialogue - in both English and German publications - and has lectured throughout the world. His work is in large part the subject of the 2012 documentary film, "The Ghosts of the Third Reich," and he was one of the subjects of two BBC documentary films "Children of the Third Reich" and "Out of the Ashes," as well as German film "Eine unmögliche Freundschaft."

n 1973, Munn received his B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and he went on to earn his M.D. from Boston University in 1978. Munn's initial training was in internal medicine, then radiology. Munn holds citizenship from Israel, Germany, Poland and the U.S.

 


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