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Holocaust survivors to speak at Auburn Montgomery on April 9

by User Not Found | Mar 25, 2014

It’s been 69 years since World War II brought the Holocaust to an end and it’s becoming more rare to meet those who survived. On April 9, the community will have the opportunity to hear from survivors and honor the 11 million victims of the Holocaust at Auburn Montgomery’s 13th annual Holocaust Education Program.

Held from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the AUM Athletics Complex, activities will include the screening of the film “Memory from the Camps,” the presentation of awards for a middle and high school essay on the Holocaust, and a candlelight memorial for the victims of the Holocaust. The highlight will be talks by survivors Max Steinmetz and Max Herzel, followed by questions from the audience.

“Since the Holocaust ended in the 1940s, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find survivors who can discuss their first-hand experiences,” said AUM psychology instructor Sheila Guidry, who organized the event. “Most survivors are now in their 80s or 90s and we will soon lose this entire generation. Now is the time to hear from them – in another few years it will be too late. Since AUM is an educational institution, it is so important to study this event in history to hopefully prevent it from happening again.”

Since 2001, the AUM Psychology Department has hosted the Holocaust Education Program in partnership with the Jewish Federal of Central Alabama. Through eyewitness accounts, the program focuses on the historical record of this tragedy, the experiences of Holocaust survivors and concentration camp liberators, the fallacy of historical revisionists, and the Holocaust's impact on modern society and its implications for our future.

Admission is free and open to the public. Tolerance armbands, courtesy of the SGA, will be distributed to guests. The event is ADA adapted. Please keep in mind, due to the nature of the subject matter, the event is not recommended for all audiences. The program is intended for those in middle school or older. For more information, contact Professor Sheila Guidry at 334-244-3306 or sguidry@aum.edu.

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