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Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Week

Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Week is a series of events held in mid-April on the KWU campus to remember those who died in the Nazi Holocaust of World War II and to raise awareness of the ongoing problem of genocide throughout the world. Begun in 2007 as "Holocaust Remembrance Week" by the KWU Department of History, the annual event has grown every year. It is characterized by cross-campus participation, diverse programs and events, sponsorship by a wide variety of local and national entities, and draws an audience that includes students from KWU and other schools, as well as many guests from Salina and outlying communities. In 2012 the name of the event was expanded to "Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Week" to better reflect the trend seen at Holocaust museums, cultural and survivor associations, and academic programs to link the two topics as a way of confronting the ongoing threat of genocide.

KWU Presents the 10th Annual Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Week 

Lecture: Why Deny? The Armenian Genocide, The Rape of Nanking, and the Holocaust as Examples

Monday, April 25, 2016 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Pioneer Hall Room 325 | Free 

What is denialism? Why does it exist? What is it about the Armenian Genocide, the Rape of Nanking, and the Holocaust that lead a small but determined minority to either deny that they happened at all or that these events have been misrepresented in history? How should we respond to denialism? Dr. Mike Russell, Associate Professor of History at KWU, will give a presentation that addresses these issues, and will lead a brief Q and A period afterwards. Sponsored by the KWU Department of History.

Video: "Protocols of Zion" (Image Entertainment, 2006)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 6-8 p.m. | Pioneer Hall Room 325 | Free 

Released after September 11, 2001, this documentary explores the ongoing notion of a “Jewish Conspiracy” to take over the world, first proposed in a forgery by the czarist secret police in 19th century Russia, which has now expanded into a belief widely held by anti-Semites that Israel was behind the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A brief discussion will follow the screening. Sponsored by the Alpha Theta Alpha Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. (Rated R for disturbing content and adult language)

Holocaust Survivor Presentation:
"The Art of Survival" by Auschwitz survivor Edith "Edie" Eger, Ph.D.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 7 p.m. | Sams Chapel | Free  

Back by popular demand, Holocaust survivor Edith “Edie” Eger, Ph.D., will be the guest speaker for the featured presentation during the 10th annual Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Week. Dr. Eger has spoken twice before at KWU as the featured Holocaust survivor guest presenter, in 2011 and 2009. She will share her experiences at the infamous Nazi death camp Auschwitz and various work camps prior to her liberation from the Gunskirchen camp in Austria where she was literally snatched from the clutches of death. She later came to the United States, where she became a clinical psychologist, now specializing in treating patients with post-traumatic stress syndrome. Along with her personal story of survival she brings a special message of healing, compassion, and optimism. Sponsored by the KWU Department of History and local community members.