Eli M. Rosenbaum, the longest-serving prosecutor and investigator of Nazi criminals and other perpetrators of human rights violations in world history, will be in Fort Smith March 6 to speak as part of a Criminal Justice Symposium at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
His topic for a 12:15 p.m. talk for UAFS students will focus on current efforts of the Department of Justice to track down individuals who are thought to have committed war crimes and human rights violations. Although the noontime talk is intended for criminal justice majors, it is open to all UAFS students, faculty and staff. He will speak again at 5:30 p.m. in a talk which is open to the public and will reflect on the quest to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. Both will be held in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.
Rosenbaum is the director of Human Rights Enforcement Strategy and Policy in the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the Criminal Division for the Department of Justice. He served from 1994 to 2010 as director of the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI), which was created by order of the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute World War II-era Nazi criminals. Following the December 2004 expansion of its mission by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, he also investigated and prosecuted criminal and civil cases committed abroad under color of foreign law.
Rosenbaum previously served as a trial attorney and then deputy director of OSI and has also worked as a corporate litigator in Manhattan. In March 2010, OSI merged with another Criminal Division section to form the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section.
Under Rosenbaum’s leadership, OSI won major awards from Jewish organizations and Holocaust survivor groups, and it has been called “the most successful government Nazi-hunting organization on earth” and “the world’s most aggressive and effective Nazi-hunting operation.”
In November 2008, Rosenbaum received the Assistant Attorney General’s first-ever Award for Human Rights Law Enforcement. He has also received the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Special Initiative and the Anti-Defamation League’s “Heroes in Blue” award.
Rosenbaum’s published works include “Betrayal: The Untold Story of the Kurt Waldheim Investigation and Cover-Up,” which was selected for Notable Books of 1993 by the New York Times Book Review and Best Books of 1993 by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Dr. Henry Rinne of Fort Smith, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, believes having Rosenbaum speak to UAFS criminal justice students provides the students with a beyond-the-classroom experience.
“This type of quality speaker is a plus for our students,” said Rinne. “Eli Rosenbaum has had tremendous success as a prosecutor and investigator. This is a tremendous opportunity for our students, as well as for the general public, when he speaks that evening.”
The UAFS Criminal Justice program began in 2004 and offers a Bachelor of Science degree and an Associate of Applied Science degree. It is the largest major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with more than 320 majors. This is the fourth year for the Criminal Justice Symposium at UAFS.
For more information on the Criminal Justice Symposium or the Criminal Justice program, contact Rinne, by telephone at 479-788-7431 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.