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Welcome to the 20th Annual

Holocaust Awareness Week

Colorado State University's Students for Holocaust Awareness, Chabad Jewish Student Organization and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life present the 20th annual Holocaust Awareness Week at Colorado State University, February 17 - February 24, 2017.

Events Calendar

2017 Events
All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, February 17 at 3p.m., Lory Student Center Plaza -
Field of Flags Ceremony and Setup

A Field of Flags ceremony and setupwill take place at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17th on the Lory Student Center Plaza. The flags will be on display during the entire week on the Plaza.

The flags represent the different groups murdered during the Holocaust, with each flag representing 5,000 victims.

Field of Flags

February 23 - February 27, Lory Student Center - Litany of Martyrs
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A Litany of Martyrs will be held from 10:00am–2:00pm, Monday, February 20 through Thursday, February 23 in the Lory Student Center Flea Market or Plaza (Tuesday, weather permitting). During this time, volunteers will take turns reading names of those who died during the Holocaust. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to volunteer for this event. Please sign up by clicking the link above.

“There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.” ― David Eagleman


Dr. Wasserman author photo

Monday, February 22 at 12pm - 2pm

Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Ballroom
The Breach Beyond the Dark: Literature and the Holocaust

On Monday afternoon, Dr. Bruce Wasserman will join us to discuss The Breach Beyond the Dark: Literature and the Holocaust. Bruce Arlen Wasserman assembled his first poetry manuscript at the age of seventeen and farmed and worked as a blacksmith in his twenties. He received a BA in Mass Communications from Winona State University, a DDS from University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2016, Dr. Wasserman was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

His literary career has spanned work in news and periodicals, as a freelancer and an editor of professional journals. Wasserman’s publications include three poetry chapbooks and a full-length collection of poetry, An Undiscovered Country (2011). He works as a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books and is currently in the middle of another poetry manuscript and a novel. At other times, Dr. Wasserman creates visual art as a potter, performs as a musician in a band, trains horses on occasion and is a dentist in clinical practice.


The Pianist Movie
Tuesday, February 24 at 6 p.m., Lory Student Center Theatre
Movie Night: The Pianst

In this adaptation of the autobiography "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945," Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. Written by Jwelch5742


Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Lory Student Center - Main Ballroom
Evening with a Survivor - Mrs. Fanny Starr

Ms. Starr Photo

This year’s Evening with a Holocaust Survivor will feature Mrs. Fanny Starr, who miraculously survived the hells of several Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz. For the past 40 years, she fought Holocaust denials by sharing her firsthand testimony of torture, slave labor, and mass murders. Ms. Starr, now 95, will share her extraordinary story of survival, tragedy, and hope.

Click here to view the live stream VIA YouTube.

Friday, February 24 at 1p.m., Lory Student Center Plaza - Field of Flags
Memorial Service - Remembering the Victims of the Holocaust

The week will conclude with a memorial service at 1 p.m. We will hold a short memorial service for all the victims of the Holocaust.


Event Sponsorship, Contact Information and Funding
Brought to you by Student for Holocaust Awareness at CSU

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For more information contact: Denise Peters, Students for Holocaust Awareness President, denisejpeters @ gmail.com / 915-202-4008.

All events are free and open to the public through funding and co-sponsored by: Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU), LSC Diversity Grant, Hillel of Colorado, Chabad Jewish Student Organization, AEPi and SEPi.