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Third Annual Summer Holocaust Symposium Held June 26-July 2 at Appalachian

BOONE–The Third Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium ‘Remembering the Holocaust’ will be held June 26-July 2 at Appalachian State University’s Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. Admission to all events is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Judaic Studies, Holocaust Education and Studies in Non Violence. For more information, call Dr. Rennie Brantz at (828) 262-2311.

Four continuing education unit credits will be awarded to teachers who complete all 40 hours of the symposium’s programs. Application forms for teachers and additional information about the symposium is available at http://holocaust.appstate.edu. Free housing and meals on campus will be provided to the first 30 public school teachers who commit to participate in the entire workshop.

Participants will gain information and insights about the meaning of the Nazi Holocaust. The symposium will provide an overview of the Holocaust, fundamentals of Judaism, Jewish life in Eastern Europe before World War II, events leading up to the Holocaust, the Nazi “Final Solution” and consequences of hatred and prejudice in the world today. It will also raise questions about intolerance, indifference and human courage.

Speakers include Dr. Michael Berenbraum, founding director of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., Dr. William Meinecke of the Holocaust Museum, Kenneth Stern, program specialist for the American Jewish Committee in New York City and John Loftus, former U.S. Justice Department prosecutor of Nazis who hid in the United States after World War II.

International speakers will include Dr. Diane Afoumado of the Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center in Paris and Dr. Robert Jan Van Pelt from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Van Pelt is an expert on the architecture of Auschwitz and was the star witness in the London trial against David Irving, a historian who denies the Holocaust.

In addition, Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, a Holocaust educator from the University of Miami, will conduct workshops on a variety of classroom methods for teaching the Holocaust to public school students.

There also will be films, music and panel discussions of literature of the Holocaust.

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