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Holocaust Commemoration Held Sept. 17-21 at Appalachian

BOONE–Appalachian State University will host a six-day Holocaust commemoration that includes lectures, music, an art exhibit and poetry reading illustrating the Holocaust’s continuing effects on world policy, art and music. All activities are free.

The event begins Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Appalachian professors Susan Keefe and Cathy McKinney will lecture on “Music for Survival and Healing.” Keefe, an anthropology professor, and McKinney, director of Appalachian’s music therapy program, address the cultural uses of music, music as a healing tool, and how music facilitates trauma survival.

That evening at 7, the Appalachian Cultural Museum hosts an opening reception for “Words and Images,” artistic reactions to the Holocaust. A poetry reading, “The Holocaust and Oppression,” will feature poetry in four languages by faculty and students in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. The mixed media exhibit can be viewed Sept. 17-22 during regular museum hours Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m.

Dr. Gilbert Kahn, professor of political science at Kean University, will lecture on “The Impact of the Holocaust on American Foreign Policy” Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Grandfather Mountain Ballroom.

Kahn also will address “Compounding the Tragedy: Difficulties in Recovering Jewish Assets” Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. in the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center’s Trillium

Ballroom. Sign language interpreting for the hearing impaired will be provided by Joan McLaughlin.

Kahn’s academic interests include American government decision-making with an emphasis on executive and legislative relations in foreign policy focusing on the Middle East.

Kahn has been a consultant to various groups and organizations, including the Jewish community. He has assisted the Synagogue Council of America, Hadassah, and from 1991-1994 he worked with the Council for the Rescue of Syrian Jews. In addition to his publications and public service, Kahn is a frequent lecturer and has appeared as a commentator and analyst on radio and television.

Kahn also will lecture Sept. 19 on “The Impact of the Holocaust on Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy Decision Makers” and Sept. 20 on “The Impact of the Holocaust on International Diplomacy Towards Israel.” Both lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the student union’s Grandfather Mountain Ballroom.

Visiting artist Deborah Petroz of Switzerland will lecture on “A Legacy from Theresienstadt” Sept. 19 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 306 Wey Hall. Theresienstadt was a concentration camp in which many Jewish artists, composers and musicians and writers were killed.

Petroz’s paintings are inspired by the music of Victor Ullmann, who died in the camp.

The School of Music presents “Oppression and Artistic Expressions” Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Rosen Concert Hall. The evening includes a performance of Prokofiev’s

“Quintet” by clarinetist Doug Miller, violinist Nancy Bargerstock, violist Russell Fallstad, oboist Alicia Chapman and bassist Jan Mixter. “Songs of the Holocaust” will be performed by Priscilla Peebles, Randall Outland and Anna Uzzell. A Klezmer band, directed by Kenneth Lurie, also will perform.

Dr. Jack Perry, former director of the Dean Rusk Program in International Studies at Davidson College, and Dr. Marvin Williamson, director of Appalachian’s International Studies Program, will discuss the Holocaust’s impact on international relations Sept. 20 from 2-4:45 p.m. in the student union’s Linville Falls Room. Perry is a retired career diplomat and former ambassador to Bulgaria.

A panel discussion in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. focuses on “Education Toward Prevention,” and will be moderated by Chancellor Francis T. Borkowski. Panelists are: Rennie Brantz, history professor and director of the Freshman Seminar program; Zohara Boyd, English professor; Rosemary Horowitz, English professor; Kahn; Ken Peacock, dean of the College of Business; Perry; retired philosophy and religion professor Ray Ruble; and student Bryan Boyer.

Sign language interpreting for the hearing impaired will be provided.

“The Impact of Jewish Immigrations in the Holocaust” will be moderated by Judith Rothschild, professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in the student union’s Linville Falls Room. Panelists and their topics of discussion are:

  • Peter Petschauer, history, “The Impact of Holocaust Immigrations on American Academe”
  • Craig Fischer, English, “The Impact of Holocaust Immigrations on the American Film Industry”
  • Tom Rokoske, physics and astronomy, “The Impact of Holocaust Immigrations on the American Scientific Field”

For more information, visit or call Elizabeth Jordan in the School of Music at (828) 265-8674.