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  Historical Lecture with Fran Sternberg, Ph.D.    
  Kansas City, MO    
January 29, 2009

Thursday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Whitfield Center, Avila University 11901 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, Mo

Coinciding with the exhibit A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People, Fran Sternberg, Ph.D. will present a lecture on Interwar Polish Jewry.

On Feb 19, Sternberg, with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, will present the lecture, “Interwar Polish Jewry: In Search of a Proper Future.” She will speak about Interwar Polish Jewry, the largest Jewish community in the world, which in a reborn Poland, pressed to reinforce its own national identity and to ensure its own political and economic stability.

Sternberg’s lecture, held in Avila University’s Whitfield Center, is open to the public and is free of charge.

The lecture will compliment the exhibit A Blessing to One Another currently being held at Union Station. The exhibit tells a moving story about the relationship between a man destined to become Pope, Karol Wojtyla, and childhood Jewish friend Jerzy Kluger, a man who became not only his friend, but a trusted advisor. The exhibit follows the life of Pope John Paul II from his childhood through his role as pope, celebrating his contributions to relations between the Catholic and Jewish faiths.

For more information about the lecture and the exhibit go to or call Avila University at (816) 501-2434.


Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.