February is Holocaust Awareness Month and Colorado State University will host several events beginning Feb. 18.
The week will include several events including a lecture on Holocaust Survivor Grandparents; a film screening of Goodbye Children, a 1987 French film about a school teacher who harbors children from the Nazi Regime; the Holocaust memorial walk in the plaza; and a Litany of Martyrs will be read Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the plaza or flea market, depending on weather.
The main event, An Evening with Holocaust Survivor Irving Roth, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in the LSC Main Ballroom. This event is a rare opportunity to hear living testimony from a Holocaust survivor.
Roth is a veteran, writer and internationally known educator who survived the Nazi death camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Roth, now 90, is the recipient of numerous awards including the Spirit of Anne Frank Award. He travels the world sharing his extraordinary story of survival, tragedy, and hope.
“I encourage everyone to attend because there will be one day, soon, where we have to carry out these events without a survivor,” said Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik, a member of the Department of Philosophy at CSU. “Especially in today’s turbulent times we must remember the past so the future will be a better one.”
Holocaust Awareness Week is one of the longest standing events on campus. Rabbi Gorelik works with several organizations to plan these events including, CSU’s Hillel, ASCSU, Chabad, Alpha Epsilon Pi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi.
Feb. 15 – Field of Flags Set Up, 1 p.m., LSC plaza
Feb. 18 – Lecture, “Holocaust Survivor Grandparents,” noon – 2 p.m., LSC Theater
Feb. 19 – Movie Night, Goodbye Children (Au Revoir, Les Enfants), 7 p.m., LSC Theater
Feb. 20 – Keynote Speaker: Evening with Holocaust Survivor Irving Roth, 7 p.m., LSC Main Ballroom
Feb. 22 – Memorial Walk to Remember, 1 p.m., LSC Plaza or LSC Theater
All events are held on Colorado State University campus and are free and open to the public. For more information, www.holocaust.colostate.edu.