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Fourth Annual Summer Holocaust Symposium Held June 26-July 1

BOONE – The Fourth Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium, “Remembering the Holocaust,” will be held June 26-July 1 at Appalachian State University’s Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

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 Berenbaum, founding director of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., Dr. Scott Miller and Dr. David Klevan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Rabbi Harry Reicher, professor of law at the Univerity of Pennsylvania.

International speakers will include 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. Morris Rosenblat, a survivor of both the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz death camp, will offer a personal perspective.

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.

Four continuing education unit credits are available 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 Free housing and meals on campus will be provided to the first 30 public school teachers who commit to participate in the entire workshop.

There also will be films, music and panel discussions of literature of the Holocaust. The symposium is presented by Appalachian’s Office of Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, a program of the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, call (828) 262-2311, or email