Holocaust Remembrance Conference set April 3-13

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The 30th annual Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Conference will take place April 3-13 in Purdue University’s Stewart Center and at other West Lafayette locations.

The conference theme is “Fear of the ‘Other’: Still with Us.”

Registration for the conference will begin at 12:30p. April 3 in Stewart Center, Room 214. All conference events are free and open to the public. The conference website is http://www.glhrc.org

Proclamations by Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski and West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis will open the event at 1:00p, followed by a candle lighting by Holocaust survivors and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of survivors. Rabbi Audrey Pollack of Temple Israel will lead the gathering in a memorial prayer.

Former West Lafayette Mayor Sonya Margerum will provide opening remarks at 1:40p.

At 2:00p, Steven Jacobs, the Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Alabama, will present “Genocides Are Not All ‘Accidents’ in History.” Jacobs is the fifth annual Rabbi Gedalyah Engel Lecturer, which is named in honor of the 91-year-old former Hillel Foundation director who founded the conference in 1981. GLHRC committee co-chair Sarah Powley, English department head at McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, will introduce Jacobs.

A schedule of other conference events:

  • April 3. 3:00p Stewart Center, Room 214. “The Propaganda of the Holocaust.” Randall Bytwerk, professor of communication arts and sciences and department co-chair at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • April 3. 4:00p Stewart Center, Fowler Hall. A commemorative concert, “Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto with ‘The Pianist’: Concert Commemorating the Holocaust Through the Musical Legacy of Wladyslaw Szpilman.” Performed by the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, including Edward Auer, piano; Halina Goldberg, narrator; and others.
  • April 3. 6:00p Purdue Memorial Union, second floor, the Anniversary Drawing Room. Kosher dairy dinner buffet, with conference speakers and conference committee. RSVP by Wednesday (March 30) to sue@glhrc.org. Cost is $20 for adults and $3 for students, payable by check to GLHRC at the door or mail check to GLHRC, PO Box 3763, W. Lafayette 47996. For more information, call 765-463-1980.
  • April 3. 7:30p. Krannert Auditorium. “Holocaust Survivors and Liberators.” Survivors Robert Melson and Anatole Kurdsjuk; and liberator LeRoy Carson.
  • April 4. 9:00a Hillel Foundation, 912 W. State St., West Lafayette. Tippecanoe County and university religious leaders breakfast, a conversation with Jacobs, Bytwerk and Kurdsjuk. Moderated by Joseph Haberer, professor emeritus of political science, Purdue.
  • April 4. 8:00p Krannert Auditorium. “Comparing Nazi Propaganda to Today’s Media Coverage of Islamophobia.” Bytwerk and Erik C. Nisbet, professor of communication, Ohio State University.
  • April 5. 2:00p, West Lafayette Public Library, 208 W. Columbia St. Photo exhibit opening. “Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photography of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman.” Tour led by Bruce Bramlett from the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation. Exhibit is open during the library’s regular hours. Exhibit closes on April 22.
  • April 5. 4-8:00p. Teaching “Defiance,” a workshop for secondary (grades 7-12) teachers, designed so they can help students in critical thinking about history, leadership and ethics. Presented by the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation. Registration required by April 2. For details, visit http://www.glhrc.org
  • April 5. 7:00p. Hillel Foundation, 912 W. State St., West Lafayette. Showing of “A Film Unfinished,” an 88-minute silent film made in 2010. It portrays the people behind and in front of the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942 Poland, exposing the extent of the Nazis’ cinematic manipulation in characterizing the Jewish people. Visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1568923/ for more details.
  • April 6. 12:30p. Beering Hall, Room 1222. “Demonization of the Jew in German Popular Plays of the Late Middle Ages.” Fritz Cohen, professor emeritus of German, Purdue.
  • April 6. 6:00p. West Lafayette Public Library, 208 W. Columbia St. Film series in cooperation with the GLHRC. “A Film Unfinished” will be shown.
  • April 7. 7:00p. Krannert Auditorium. “Fear of the ‘Other’ in Tippecanoe County.” Panel discussion. DeWayne Moffitt, executive director of the Hanna Community Center; Ashley Smith, president of Pride Lafayette; Ivan Hernandez, director of admissions at Ivy Tech Community College; and Lisa Hanasono, graduate student at Purdue. Moderated by GLHRC co-chair Heather Moskowitz.
  • April 9. 5:00p, West Lafayette Public Library, 208 W. Columbia St. Film series in cooperation with the GLHRC. Showing of “Defiance,” made in 2008. An account of the Bielski partisans, Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe who escape into the Belarusian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and build a village to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish noncombatants. Visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034303/ for more details. After the film, Holocaust survivor Meyer Bronicki of Indianapolis speaks about his experiences with the Bielski brigade.
  • April 13. 7:00p. Stewart Center, Loeb Playhouse. “My Heart in a Suitcase,” a play recommended for children in grades 4-8. Presented by Purdue Convocations in partnership with the GLHRC Committee. Based on the autobiography of Anne Lehman Fox about her rescue from Nazi Germany through the kindertransport. Question-and-answer session with the cast and Haberer, a Holocaust survivor of the kindertransport, follows the performance.

The conference is offered in cooperation with the Diocese of Lafayette, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center; Hillel Foundation; Jewish Federation of Greater Lafayette; Purdue University: College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, Department of History, Jewish Studies Program, Office of the Provost, and the Ackerman Center; Sons of Abraham synagogue; Temple Israel; University Religious Leaders; and West Lafayette Public Library.

Funding for the conference is from individual donors and conference sponsors: CityBus of Greater Lafayette, Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, Evonik Industries, the Gannett Foundation, the Indiana Humanities Council and an endowment from the Sam and Edith Chosnek Memorial Fund.

The GLHRC committee is publishing a commemorative book that includes an overview of the conference themes, speakers and posters in its 30-year history. The release date is targeted for Aug. 1. Those interested in purchasing the keepsake should send their contact information to conference chair Susan Prohofsky at sue@glhrc.org or call 765-463-1980.

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