Never Forget

The dean of Holocaust scholars, Henry Friedlander, is the featured speaker for a series of Holocaust remembrance events at the College.

Organized by Sayward Green ’03, “Thinking the Holocaust” includes lectures, a film, and a trip to New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage, which is devoted to the Holocaust and its aftermath.

The dates of the observance (April 2-11) bracket Yom ha-Shoah, the day of remembrance for Holocaust victims, which this year falls on April 7.

Green, an English and religion major from Woodsboro, Md., was 10 when her father asked her to stay up late to watch a TV special on the Holocaust. “When [it] was over, I thought my father had had me watch a horror movie,” she said. “I sat on his lap, and he explained to me that it had really happened.”

Last year, Green participated in the March of Remembrance and Hope, a pilgrimage to the sites of the death camps in Poland.
“I knew that it would change me, and it did,” she said. “At first, it shook me to the foundations of my faith. Then I looked around to see the survivors that were with us, and I saw their strength, their courage, and their faith. I saw that life does go on, and there is hope.”

The schedule for “Thinking the Holocaust”:

  • Friedlander, a German-born Jew whose long scholarly career has been spent charting the manifold horrors of Nazi ethnic-cleansing policies, will speak on “Perpetrators and Victims in the Nazi Camps” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, Prosser Auditorium.
  • Holocaust survivor Maud Dahme will describe “Growing Up in Hiding” at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the HUB’s UBC Room. A native of Holland, Dahme and her sister were hidden as children from the roundup of Dutch Jews during the German occupation. (This event is the background for The Diary of Anne Frank.) Now president of the New Jersey State Board of Education, Dahme has become an award-winning advocate for Holocaust studies and migrant education.
  • The film “Process B-7815: Bernard Offen and His Auschwitz Tatto Number.” 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 4, Prosser.
  • “The Mass Murder of the Handicapped: The ‘Euthanasia’ Centers of Grafeneck and Sonnenstein Inside Nazi Germany.” Hans Wuerth, professor emeritus of German. 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, UBC Room.
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Thursday, April 11.
  • Vigil at the Peace Pole. 5:45 p.m. Thursday, April 11.
  • Poetry reading sponsored by the Zinzendorf Society. 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 11, HUB Lounge.

“Maybe someone will be changed because of the events I have planned,” Green said. “Maybe more will come to realize how important it is to remember, to learn, and to help change.”

The observance is co-sponsored by the office of the president, IMPACT, and the departments of history and art at Moravian; and the department of religion studies at Lehigh University.
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March 26, 2002

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