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Holocaust Remembrance Activities Set at ASU

March 29, 2010

Angelo State University’s annual Holocaust Remembrance, April 1-19, will feature talks by descendants of Holocaust survivors, a photo exhibit of haunting images from the period and a special presentation of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar-winning movie “Schindler’s List.”

Activities will begin with the April 1 opening in the Gallery of the Houston Harte University Center of “Lives Remembered: Photographs of a Small Town in Poland, 1890-1936.” A traveling exhibit of the Houston Holocaust Museum, the display shows the haunting images, taken by Zalman Kaplan, of a Polish Community on the verge of annihilation. Kaplan, himself, became a victim of the Holocaust.

Kaplan’s photographs were collected, preserved and compiled for exhibition by his son, Kaye Marvins, and grandson, Mike H. Marvins, who will speak on his grandfather’s work at 6 p.m. Monday, April 12, in the West Texas Collection Gallery on the second floor of the University Center. The talk will follow the 4-6 p.m. formal opening of the exhibit. The display will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through April 19 in the UC Gallery.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, a free showing of “Schindler’s List’ is scheduled in Rooms 110-111 of the Houston Harte University Center. The movie, which won seven Academy Awards, is based on the true story of World War II businessman Oskar Schindler, who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the Nazi barbarism by turning his factory into a refuge for Jews. In the process, he saves some 1,100 Jews from the gas chambers of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Dr. Al Goldfarb, the president of Western Illinois University and a leading authority on the theatre of the Holocaust, will speak April 16 on his life as the son of Holocaust survivors. The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center.

Goldfarb’s talk will touch on the horrors of the Holocaust and how they affected not only the survivors but also their offspring in the next generation. In addition to his free public lecture, Goldfarb will speak to ASU history and drama classes, then meet with Honors students and students planning to study abroad in Germany.

All activities are open free to the public in the Houston Harte University Center at 1910 Rosemont on the ASU campus. Holocaust Remembrance activities are jointly sponsored by ASU’s Multicultural Center, West Texas Collection, University Center Program Council and the Honors Program.