College & Community Relations

Indian boarding schools, holocaust, topic of Aims Community College event

Submitted on: 10-23-2012


GREELEY – The Jewish culture that existed in Europe just before and during World War II was decimated due to accepted government policy that led to the Holocaust. Less well known was action taken in 1879 by the U.S. government to force American Indian children into boarding schools to assimilate them into white American culture.

Robin Levin will explore these examples of cultural intolerance during her presentation, “Taken From My Home,” to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, on the Aims Community College campus in Greeley. The event will be held in Ed Beaty Hall Theater, located in room 102. Levin, who has worked on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming since 1981, draws on her experience as teacher and fellow with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She relies on the diaries and testimonies from the Indian Boarding School experience here in the U.S. and from the Lodz Ghetto in Nazi-era Poland.

Even though government policies for nearly 100 years attempted to eliminate tribal cultures, the Native American identity persists and adapts with changes. During the Nazi era, European Jews were identified for removal from Aryan society. By delving into the world of teenagers who suffered, the audience will be exposed to victims’ personal accounts, and an awareness of how resilient and resourceful humans must be.

The Aims Human2Human Project sponsors the event, which is a college-wide program aiming to make a positive impact on the community by providing learning opportunities through the presentation of different perspectives. All Human2Human events are free and open to the public.

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