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Holocaust Symposium Held June 28-July 3 at Appalachian

BOONE–The Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium “Remembering the Holocaust” will be held June 28-July 3 at Appalachian State University’s Broyhill Inn and Conference Center.

The symposium includes lectures by Holocaust survivors Gizella Abramson and Morris Rosenblatt, discussions by representatives from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and area rabbis, and a presentation and discussion of “Triumph of the Spirit” by film director Robert Young.

Admission is free. In addition, public school teachers attending the symposium will earn four CEU credits.

For more information, visit or call Zohara Boyd at (828) 262-2316.

The symposium begins Saturday, June 28, at 1 p.m. with an introduction to the event’s activities. Dr. Michael Bassman, professor of foreign languages at East Carolina University, will present an historical overview of the Holocaust from 2-5 p.m.

Activities on Sunday, June 29, are “Using the Holocaust Museum Web Site” presented at 8:45 a.m. by Dr. William Meinecke of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Meinecke also presents a program on “Jewish Resistance” at 10 a.m. A 1:30 p.m. program on “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Judaism But Were Afraid to Ask” will be presented by Dr. Michael Berenbaum, founding director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and professor at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles.

On Monday, June 30, at 8:45 a.m., Berenbaum presents “In the Mind of the Perpetrator,” followed by “Nazi Machinery of Destruction” at 10:45 a.m. Dr. Miriam Kassenoff from the University of Miami presents “Teaching the Holocaust Through Film” at 2 p.m. A panel discussion on “Teaching Wiesel’s ‘Night'” will begin at 3:30 p.m. Dr. Stephen Feinstein, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust Studies, presents “Art of the Holocaust” from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Activities continue on Tuesday, July 1, with “Teaching the Holocaust Through the Arts” at 8:45 a.m., “Teaching the Holocaust Through Literature” at 10 a.m., “A Holocaust Survivor Remembers” at 11 a.m., “Holocaust and Other Genocides” at 2 p.m., “Understanding Judaism” at 3:30 p.m., and the film “Triumph of the Spirit” with commentary by director Robert Young at 8 p.m.

Appalachian professors Rennie Brantz and Peter Petschauer will discuss “Life and Death in Auschwitz” at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2. Other activities on Wednesday are “Power of Perseverance: Women and Children in the Holocaust” at 10 a.m., “The Holocaust On Line” at 2 p.m., “Memories of the Holocaust and Resistance” at 3:30 p.m. and a performance lecture at 8 p.m. on “Judaism and the Holocaust Through Music.” The performance lecture will be held in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom.

The event concludes Thursday, July 3, with “Last Years of the Holocaust” at 8:45 a.m., a discussion of Simon Wiesenthal’s “Sunflower” at 9:15 a.m., “Teaching the Holocaust in a Changing World: The Rise of Anti-Semitism Today” at 10:15 a.m., and “Lessons of the Holocaust Today” at 11:15 a.m.