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Welcome to our 2021 Betty & Shmuel Rosenkranz Oration with keynote speaker Professor Philippe Sands QC.
Seventy-five years since the Nuremberg Judgement, the international thought leader will weave together personal accounts and legal concepts to provoke thought about the notion of justice for mass crimes.
Ahead of this prestigious event, Prof. Philippe Sands QC says he is excited to reconnect with the Melbourne Holocaust Museum to explore the ways characters from his books East West Street and The Ratline inspire him, “to protect and strengthen the ideals of decency and the rule of law.”
Our annual Betty & Shmuel Rosenkranz Oration connects Melbourne audiences with leading Holocaust specialists to gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust within a global context. Previous keynote speakers include Dr Stephen D. Smith, Professor Michael Berenbaum, Paul Salmons and Emeritus Professor Dr Konrad Kwiet.
The event will stream from the top of this webpage from 8pm Tuesday 9 November. A recording will be available to watch on demand in the same location after the conclusion of the livestream event.
Prof. Philippe Sands QC
is Professor of Law at University College London and practising barrister at Matrix Chambers. He is also the award-winning author of The Ratline (2020), East West Street (2016), Torture Team (2008), and Lawless World (2005), and contributor to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times and The Guardian. In September 2022, he will publish his next book, The Last Colony.
Dr Lois Peeler AM
is a member of the Sapphires, political activist, passionate educator and principal at Australia’s only Aboriginal girls’ boarding school. Lois has worked in a range of roles in Indigenous affairs and currently chairs the Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee. Lois is also an Elder of the Yorta Yorta people, with the abiding responsibility of nurturing Aboriginal culture, history and identity in an education framework.
is the granddaughter of Betty & Shmuel Rosenkranz. In 2008, the MHM inaugurated the Oration in memory of the late Betty Rosenkranz, and to honour the legacy of the late Shmuel, the second president of the Melbourne Holocaust Museum. At the 13th annual Oration, Terri feels honoured to represent and ensure her family’s legacy stays closely tied to teaching future generations about the Holocaust.
Read Prof. Philippe Sand QC’s writing
Local bookseller Readings offers a selection of Prof. Philippe Sand QC’s extensive, award-winning writing.
In his latest book, The Ratline (2020), Philippe draws on a remarkable archive of family letters and diaries to unveil a fascinating insight into life before and during the war, as a fugitive on the run in the Alps and then in Rome, and into the Cold War.