Governor Appoints Prof to Holocaust Commission
Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, the Leah and Paul Lewis Chair of Holocaust Studies at UT Dallas, has been named to a newly formed state commission by Gov. Rick Perry.
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is intended to provide educational materials to schools and colleges and help implement course studies and awareness programs of the Holocaust and other genocides.
Says Dr. Ozsvath, “I feel honored to be chosen for this important office, and I’ll serve with pleasure the State of Texas, where I found my home 45 years ago.”
Dr. Ozsvath is the founding director of the Holocaust Studies Program at UT Dallas. She is also an award-winning author, receiving the Hungarian National Academy of Sciences Milan Füst Literary Award for the book Foamy Sky: The Major Poems of Miklós Radnóti, which she co-authored.
A Fulbright Award recipient, Ozsvath received a Final Diploma in Piano from the Bartók Béla School of Musical Arts, a concert diploma in piano from the State Academy of Music at Hamburg, and a doctorate of German language and literature from the University of Texas at Austin. For the past 20 years, she has organized lecture series and international conferences on the Holocaust.
Gov. Perry has named Peter Berkowitz of Houston chair of the commission and appointed five members to the commission, which will work with organizations, agencies, museums, survivors and liberators to help preserve information and experiences of the Holocaust and other genocide events.