34th Annual Town of Fairfield Holocaust Commemoration

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.

First Church Congregational - 148 Beach Rd, Fairfield

The Tunnel Entrance at Ponar 

About Dr. Richard A. Freund

 Professor Freund has directed over a dozen archaeological projects in Israel on behalf of the University of Hartford, including sites associated with the beginnings of Christianity and Judaism.  In addition, he has directed projects on behalf of the University in Spain, Poland, Greece, and Lithuania.  His work has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Reader's Digest, Newsweek, Archaeology, and featured on BBC, CNN, NPR, Fox News, and in hundreds of other media outlets worldwide.  


Dr. Freund recently completed work on a television documentary highlighting the new discoveries made in the Ponar Burial Pits and the Great Synagogue of Vilna, Lithuania for the NOVA Science Series on PBS entitled "Holocaust Escape Tunnel" that will be aired worldwide on April 19, 2017.


Link to the NOVA Episode "Holocaust Escape Tunnel": 


Link to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) Story on ​the

escape story in Ponary, Poland:

"Holocaust Escape Story"