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Mar 9, 2023

In the episode, host Lillian I speaks with Dr. Bernice Lerner about her riveting book, All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen. In their conversation, Dr. Lerner reflects on the experience of writing about her mother’s Holocaust experience, how she sees her writing as an important vehicle for teaching about peace and justice, the transformative power of sharing our stories, as well as her perspectives on Mr. Ikeda’s notion of the greater self. 

Dr. Lerner is the author of All the Horrors of War and other writings on the Holocaust and on virtue ethics. She is the former dean of adult learning at Hebrew College, former lecturer on the Holocaust at Boston University, and a senior scholar at Boston University’s Center for Character and Social Responsibility.

If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Lerner and her book All The Horrors of War, you can visit her website here: You can also tune into her other talks here:  

This episode launches a special, multi-part series exploring themes from Mr. Ikeda’s 1993 Harvard lecture, Mahayana Buddhism and Twenty-first Century Civilization. Stay tuned for our next episode on the theme of interdependence.


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