Speaker Bio's

Zvi Gitelman
Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political Science, Preston Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies, and was Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A summa cum laude graduate of Columbia College, he also received his Master's and Doctoral degrees from Columbia University. Gitelman is the author or editor of tweleve books and 100 articles in scholarly journals. He has been a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hewbrew University; a Skirball Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford, England; a Fellow of the Rabin Center for Israel Studies and of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania. A second, revised and expanded edition of his acclaimed A Century of Amvivalence: The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union since 1881 was published in March 2001 by Indiana University Press. Bitter Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust in the Soviet Union was published by that press in 1997. His most recent edited books are The Emergence of Modern Jewish Politics: Bundism and Zionism in Eastern Europe (University of Pittsburgh Press); Jewish Life After the USSR (Indiana University Press) and New Jewish Identities in Contemporary Europe (Central European University Press), all published in 2003.

Gitelman has been a visiting professor at Tel Aviv University serveral times, and taught at the Hewbrew University as the recipient of a Fulbright award. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Jewish Studies and is a Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research. His current research is on Jewish identities in post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine and on Jews in the Soviet armed forces during World War II.

Website: Comparative Politics Faculty Page, University of Michigan

Hart N. Hasten
Survivor and Author

Hart N. Hasten is currently involved in banking and real estate. He is the Chairman of the Board of Hasten Bancshares, and President of Harcourt Management Co., Inc. Mr Hasten and his family are the shareholders of the First National Bank & Trust, which has locations in numerous Indiana communities.

Mr. Hasten is a Founder and President of the Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis, a Jewish Day School with an enrollment of approximately 280 students. He has been involved in many philanthropic organizations and has received numerous awards. His most notable award was the Prime Minister's Medal, which he received from the State of Israel in 1980. He was also awarded the Jabotinsky Medal, when selected as one of one hundred Americans to receive this honor.

Mr. Hasten was born in Poland, and as a teenager he, together with his parents, fled into Kazakhstan in the former Soviet Union to escape the Nazi invasion of Poland. After several years in Kazakhstan he and his family again fled, and found themselves in Western Europe, where he participated in the Jewish underground and in refugee rescue activities. He arrived in the United States in 1951, and attended high school and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Having visited the Middle East numerous times, Mr. Hasten is well qualified to speak on the subject of the Israeli-Arab conflict. He has known nine of the Prime Minister's of Isreal. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin was godfather to Mr. Hasten's youngest son. Mr. Hasten attended the signing of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, at which time he also met both President Jimmy Carter and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

Mr. Hasten is a tennis buff and has won many medals and trophies for his playing. He and his wife Simona are the parents of three children and have eleven grandchildren.

Dr. Martin C. Jischke
President, Purdue University

Dr. Martin C. Jischke became Purdue University's 10th President in August 2000. He formerly was president of Iowa State University, chancellor the University of Missouri-Rolla, and faculty member, director, dean and interim president at the University of Oklahoma.

A native of Chicago, he received his bachelor's degree in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and earned his master's and doctoral degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetss Institute of Technology.

Eva Kor
Holocaust Survivor, Mengele Twin, and Head of C.A.N.D.L.E.S
(Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiment Survivors) Museum

Eva Mozes Kor was born in Portz, Rumania in 1934. She lost her parents, older sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins ? about 117 members of the family in the Holocaust. Following the War she lived in Israel for ten years where she married an American tourist, Michael Kor and moved with him to Terre Haute, IN. She has a degree from Indiana State University (1990). She has been very active in the Jewish community, has given many lectures about the Holocaust and has had several publications.

Her books are: Children of the Flames, Stories of the Mengele Twins, William Morrow, 1990 and Echoes from Auschwitz, Dr. Mengele's Twins: The Story of Eva and Miriam Mozes, published by C.A.N.D.L.E.S., 1995. She has also written chapters in several books pertaining to Holocaust.

Eva and her sister Miriam were among the Mengele twins used in deadly experiments from 1944-45. In 1984 she founded C.A.N.D.L.E.S., an organization of the Mengele Twins and located 122 survivors of Mengele?s experiments who live in ten countries and four continents. In 1995 she opened C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, IN. This past fall, there was an arson fire set to the museum. Most of the materials in it were lost.

In 1987 she donate a kidney to her sister Miriam, who was dying of kidney failure. Miriam died in 1993 of cancer resulting from Auschwitz experiments.

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James McCann
Professor of Political Science, Purdue University

James McCann is an associate professor of political science at Purdue University. He conducts research in the areas of public opinion, political parties, and elections. In the summer of 2000, he was part of an international delegation sent to Mexico by the National Democratic Institute to observe that country's transition to multiparty democracy. His research has appeared in several professional journals, including The American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and the Latin American Research Review. He is coauthor of Democratizing Mexico: Public Opinion and Electoral Choices.

Website: Faculty Page, Purdue University