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Welcome to the Annual

Holocaust Awareness Week

Students for Holocaust Awareness present
Holocaust Awareness Week at Colorado State University
February 16 - 23, 2024

Events Calendar

2024 Events

All events are free and open to the public.

*All events are First Come, First Serve Seating*

Friday, February 16 at 1p.m., Lory Student Center Plaza -
Field of Flags Ceremony and Setup

A Field of Flags ceremony and setup will take place at 1:00 p.m. at 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 19-22, Lory Student Center - Litany of Martyrs
Please click here to sign up

A Litany of Martyrs will be held from 10:00am – 2:00pm, Monday, February 19 through Thursday, February 27 in the Lory Student Center Flea Market or Plaza. 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 here.

“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


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Tuesday, February 20 from 12-2pm

Lory Student Center Room 386
Couriers, Book Smugglers, and Song Writers: Modes of Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust

Dr. Deborah Yalen
Associate Professor, Department of History
Dr. Yalen Webpage

Discussion of highlights of recent scholarship on modes of resistance and a chance to listen to some Soviet Yiddish anti-Nazi songs with translated lyrics.

Come to listen and take part in the discussion.


Denial Film Movie Poster

Monday, February 27 at 7 pm, Lory Student Center Theatre
Movie Night: The Windermere Children


The Windermere Children is a 2020 biographical drama film written by Simon Block and directed by Michael Samuels. Based on the experience of child survivors of the Holocaust, it follows the children and staff of a camp set up on the Calgarth Estate in Troutbeck Bridge, near Lake Windermere, England, where the survivors were helped to rehabilitate, rebuild their lives, and integrate into the British society. Click here to watch the trailer.




Wednesday, February 21 at 7 p.m.

Lory Student Center - Main Ballroom
Evening with a Holocaust Survivor - Mrs. Esther Basch

**Due to event popularity, please arrive early. Please note first come, first serve seats, no reserving seats. Doors open at 6:00PM.

Please note: NO BAGS ALLOWED

We will be live streaming this event:

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Mrs. Sara Moses Holocaust Survivor Picture

Mrs. Esther Basch, 96 considered the "Honey Girl of Auschwitz", She now shares her extraordinary story of tragedy, survival and hope. Mrs. Basch is a Holocaust survivor resolving to lead a life of love and forgiveness. On Mrs. Basch’s 16th birthday, she was placed on a cattle car and traveled to Auschwitz concentration camp. She feels it is her mission to spread messages of how to live one’s life, overcoming hatred with resilience, grace, dignity, love and forgiveness by sharing her personal story of survival. Mrs. Basch feels strongly to let people know the horrors she went through so that future generations will make sure it will never happen again.

Mrs. Basch travels the country speaking about not just the tragedy of her experience during World War II, but also the triumph of her survival and the happiness she’s found in life. She is guided by core lessons she learned from her parents as a child, do well, love everyone, forgive and think positively. Mrs. Basch lives in Prescott, Arizona with her daughter Rachel Turet. She continues to dedicate herself to serving the community by volunteering with children, speaking with elementary schools, rehab centers and religious organizations about her journey and forgiveness. In her spare time, Mrs. Basch is working with others on a film documentary currently being completed called Honey Girl to share her experiences.

A historic and increasingly rare opportunity to hear living testimony from a survivor and hero of the Holocaust.


Friday, February 23, 1 p.m., Lory Student Center Plaza - Field of Flags
Memorial Service & Walk to Remember - 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 along with a Walk to Remember by AEPi.


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

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For more information or to volunteer please contact:

Lauren Maskus, Students for Holocaust Awareness President, president - lauren.maskus @ colostate.edu.

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

Sponsorship opportunities available, sponsors invited to VIP reception with the Holocaust Survivor prior to event.