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2017 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 11th Annual Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Week 

Lecture: "Dwight Eisenhower's Greatest Achievement: Protecting the History of the Holocaust"

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Hauptli Student Activities Center Room 203 | Free 

Mr. Tim Rives, Acting Director of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home will discuss how Ike’s efforts to document the reality of the concentration camps was a punitive strike against future deniers. Among his many achievements as commander and president, his battle to preserve the truth of the concentration camps may be his greatest. Mr. Rives is also the Supervisory Archivist at the Eisenhower Library and is an expert on many facets of the history of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Sponsored by the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home in Abilene.

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 6-8 p.m. | Hauptli Student Activities Center Room 203 | Free 

Released after Sept. 11, 2001 and based upon an anti-Semitic forgery concocted by 19th century secret police in Russia about Jews “trying to take over the world,” this documentary explores the belief by many – particularly in the Arab world – that Israel was behind the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. It presents a frightening view of contemporary anti-Semitism and its effect on ignorant masses around the world. The screening will be followed by a brief discussion. 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 Guest Speaker:

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 7 p.m. | Sams Chapel | Free  

Please join us for a special event as survivor Nathan Shaffir shares his experiences during the Holocaust and after. “Nat,” originally from Romania, was 6 years old when pro-Nazi government agents and soldiers began persecuting Jews in Romania (including Nat and his family). This continued at the hands of Hungarian soldiers occupying parts of Romania and also after the war, as the new Communist government maintained a policy of anti-Semitism toward the Jews who had survived the Holocaust. This story sheds an important light on the reality of the Holocaust and the period afterwards – for all of Nazi Germany’s guilt and participation in this horrible event, many other nations acted in collaboration with the Nazis or had homegrown programs and policies directed at their own Jews. Sponsored by the KWU Department of History, The KWU Alumni Association, Smoky HIll Museum, and other private donors.


Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 8:30 p.m. | Brown Mezzanine of the Hauptli Student Activities Center (2nd Floor) | Free 

Please join us and meet our guest Holocaust survivor speaker in a casual and comfortable setting shortly after his presentation in Sams Chapel has concluded. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by Arete -- The KWU Honors Program.