Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Mercer This Week


MACON — Holocaust survivor and theologian Dr. Walter Ziffer will speak twice at Mercer University's Macon campus this week. He will deliver a lecture on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Presidents Dining Room of the University Center, titled “Witness to the Holocaust: Reminiscences from Three Years in a Human-made Hell,” and, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Newton Chapel, he will deliver “Beyond Theodicy: In Search of God.” Both events are free and open to the public.

Dr. Ziffer is a survivor of the Holocaust from Czechoslovakia. He has published many articles in Europe and the U.S. and is the author of The Teaching of Disdain: An Examination of Christology and New Testament Attitudes Toward Jews, published by Orrington, in 1990 and, most recently, The Birth of Christianity from the Matrix of Judaism, published by Author House in 2006. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C. He has taught classes in Judaism, early Christian history, Biblical Hebrew and comparative religion.

Dr. Ziffer received an engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, two master's degrees from the Graduate School of Theology of Oberlin College and a doctorate in theology from the University of Strasbourg, France. He has taught in theological seminaries in France, Belgium and Washington, D.C., at the University of Maine in Orono and the University of North Carolina Asheville. Dr. Ziffer has lectured in numerous venues and has taught dozens of Elderhostel courses.