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Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Week

Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Week is a series of events held between mid-April and early May on the KWU campus (and often off campus as well) 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 2018 Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness -- April 26th - May 3rd, 2018.

This year's 12th Annual Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness will span a period longer than 1 single week. It will also reflect the cooperation and participation of several of KWU's partners and colleagues in the Salina community -- specifically Smoky Hill Museum, The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home, and The Salina Art Center Cinema. Special thanks go to Smoky Hill Museum, the KWU Alumni Association, and several private donors for their generous financial support. Guest Holocaust survivor speaker courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Speakers Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Lecture: "The United States and the Holocaust"

Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 12pm-1pm | Eisenhower Presidential Library Visitor's Center Auditorium in Abilene (1-877-RING IKE) | Free 

Dr. Mike Russell, Associate Professor of History at Kansas Wesleyan University will discuss the U.S. attitudes and policies toward the Holocaust (then and now), specifically, "What did the U.S. know and when did it know it," "Us vs. Them," and "The Holocaust in the American Conscience."

Video: "Big Sonia" (2016)

Friday, April 27 through Thursday, May 3, 2018 | Showtimes: Fri. -  5:30 pm & 7:30 pm, Sat & Sun. - 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm, and Mon.-Thurs. - 5:30 pm | Salina Art Center Cinema (downtown Salina -- (785) 452-9868)  | Admission charged

Co-directors Todd Soliday and Leah Warshawski have crafted a very personal documentary that is both heart-wrenching and uplifting. Viewers may find themselves smiling through tears—tears because of the stories that 91-year-old Big Sonia tells of her experiences as a Holocaust survivor, smiles because there’s ultimately joy and redemption in the impact that Sonia’s stories have on those who hear them. An authentic, legendary Kansas City “character,” Big Sonia puts life into a bigger perspective, inspiring everyone who hears her with her courage, determination, and goodness. (Unrated; contains mature content)

Holocaust Survivor Guest Speaker:

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Sams Chapel | Free  

Please join us for a special event as Holocaust survivor Susan Warsinger shares her experiences as a Jewish child living in Germany during the Nazi period, her separation from her family after she was smuggled into France, and their eventual reunion in the United States where they all survived the Holocaust as an intact family. This story sheds an important light on the reality of the Holocaust and the period before the estabishment of the more famous death camps in Poland after the war began -- a story that is often forgotten. The first people to suffer under the Nazis were the Jewish citizens in Germany during the 1930s, who lost their citizenship, their jobs, and their property. Only about half of Germany's Jews managed to leave Germany before the war. The majority who stayed behind perished in the Holocaust. Sponsored by the KWU Department of History, The KWU Alumni Association, Smoky Hill Museum, and other private donors.


Thursday, May, 3 2018 | 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 her presentation in Sams Chapel has concluded. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the KWU Memorial Library.