Expert on Auschwitz architecture to visit campus

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini & Kara Kelly

p. Robert Jan van Pelt, an internationally prominent expert on the architects and architecture of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, will discuss his research in a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 4) in Room 104 of the School of Architecture’s Bond Hall.p. Van Pelt is a professor of architecture at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and author of the recently released “The Case for Auschwitz: Evidence from the Irving Trial.” The book is based on a highly publicized British libel trial involving contentions that the Nazi death camps did not exist. Van Pelt presented architectural evidence that Auschwitz was indeed a concentration camp where nearly 1 million Jews were killed, primarily in gas chambers. Van Pelt also will sign copies of his book at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 5) in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.p. Van Pelt is coauthor of “Auschwitz: 1270 to the Present,” winner of a 1996 National Jewish Book Award and the 1997 Spiro Kostof Award of the Association of Architectural Historians. He also coauthored “Architectural Principles in the Age of Historicism” with Carroll William Westfall, chair and Francesco Montana Professor of Architecture at Notre Dame.


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