Holocaust Scholars & Diplomats
Dr. Yitschak Ben Gad
Dr. Yitschak Ben Gad formerly served as the Consul General of Israel to the Midwestern USA and since 2005 has been Consul General to Florida and Puerto Rico. Born to a Jewish rabbi in Tripoli, Libya, Ben Gad has returned to his spiritual homeland where he now resides in Netanya, Israel. An expert in the Palestine Arab national movement and the Mideast crisis, Dr. Ben Gad spoke to teachers at the ASU Conference in 2007 where Karel and Connie heard him speak with such passion about the statehood of Israel. He personally told us how much he appreciates evangelical Christians who are standing with his people during this time in history.
Dr. Rennie Brantz, Dr. Zohara Boyd and Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff
From 2006 to 2009, Karel Reynolds and Connie Davies attended the Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium sponsored by Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies. Pictured are co-directors for the Center, Dr. Rennie Brantz and Zohara Boyd, faculty members at Appalachian State University (ASU) and Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Chair of Education at the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, Florida. Miriam is also responsible for all staff development/teacher training in the Miami area on “Teaching the Holocaust: Elementary through High School.” Karel and Connie have been blessed to be mentored by Holocaust scholars and educators who have influenced curriculum development for Holocaust studies at the Word of Faith Christian School.
Dr. Michael Berenbaum
Dr. Michael Berenbaum, founding Project Director at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consultant in the conceptual development of museums and historical films. Noted as one of the world’s leading Holocaust scholars, Dr. Berenbaum has been the keynote speaker at ASU’s annual Holocaust symposium where Karel and Connie first met him. Extremely impressed with our Holocaust exhibit, he wrote:
“When I was at the Teacher’s Seminar last year at Appalachian State University I reviewed the student projects and was profoundly impressed by their quality, their diversity, their integrity and their passion. I had never seen such work from students of their age. To put it mildly I was floored. It showed me what could be done educationally when teachers and students work together and endeavor together to give creative expression to what they study.”
Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt
The Word of Faith Christian School was honored to host a visit in September 2008 for Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, Professor of Cultural History and Theory, and Architectural Historian at Waterloo University in Ontario, Canada. Dr. van Pelt is also a world-renowned expert on the Auschwitz death camp and is the author of The Case for Auschwitz: Evidence from the Irving Trial. It was his personal testimony in this historic case that led to the conviction of English historian, David Irving, who is a Holocaust denier.
Dr. van Pelt came to our school to receive a painting he had seen at a Holocaust exhibit at Appalachian State University in the summer of 2008. The painting was from The Auschwitz Album and had been done by Suzanne Doyle as part of a collection that is still in the process of being completed. Dr. van Pelt stayed with us for a full day, touring our school, observing our Holocaust Museum, and teaching our senior class a lesson on Solomon’s Temple and the Western Wall. His day with us was quite memorable.
John Loftus, former U.S. Justice Department prosecutor of Nazis who hid in the United States after World War II, once held some of the highest security clearances in the world and is now an intelligence analyst for the Fox News Channel. Mr. Loftus is President of the Intelligence Summit, an international non-profit non-partisan educational forum for the intelligence agencies of the free world, and Vice Chairman of the Florida Holocaust Museum. Karel Reynolds and Connie Davies first met Mr. Loftus in June 2004 at the Appalachian Conference where he was speaking on the Middle East conflict and terrorism.
Dr. Harry Reicher
Born in Prague and raised in Australia, Dr. Harry Reicher holds graduate law degrees from the University of Melbourne in Australia and Harvard Law School. Presently he is adjunct professor, teaching international law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is best known for his courses on the law and the Holocaust and is publishing a book entitled, Holocaust Law: Materials and Commentary. Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Dr. Reicher is considered a leading expert in Holocaust law and travels extensively around the world to share with educators the facts about the Nuremburg Laws responsible for the “legal” slaughter of the Jews in Europe. Karel Reynolds and Connie Davies have had the opportunity of meeting Dr. Reicher at Appalachian State University, and they have been inspired by his passionate, informative teaching. Karel and Connie use many of his articles when teaching the implication of law during the Holocaust.