On the eve of the first anniversary of the peaceful death of modern Jewish hero Simon Wiesenthal, Falvey Memorial Library presented the inaugural “Conscience of the Holocaust” lecture in Sept. 2006. World-renowned “Nazi hunter” Simon Wiesenthal’s motto of “Justice, Not Vengeance” was the inspiration for the series of annual events. Identified with other major campus-wide programs, this lecture series has been an important part of Villanova University honoring the memory of those destroyed in the Shoah (1933-1945).
The intent of the “Conscience of the Holocaust” lecture, however, is not only as a day of remembrance of the victims of the holocaust and the Allied liberation of Nazi death camps. It is an effort by Falvey Memorial Library to combat non-violently anti-Semitism, hate, terrorism, and genocide, and to positively promote, through intellectual engagement, human rights and the dignity of every human person.
The title of the lecture series was taken from a quote made by Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles: "I think he'll be remembered as the conscience of the Holocaust. In a way he became the permanent representative of the victims of the Holocaust, determined to bring the perpetrators of the greatest crime to justice."