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April 23 - 30, 2017

 

 

 

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2017 Memorial Observances Schedule

 

April 3, 2017
6 - 8 p.m.
HOLOCAUST LITERATURE BOOK DISCUSSION

Centennial Branch Library, High Plains Library District
2227 23rd Avenue, Greeley, CO
Moderators: Laura Manuel, HMO Committee Member and Barry Rothaus, Professor Emeritus of History, UNC
Please join us for an informative, moderated book discussion.

Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher Browning
Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Battalion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as round-ups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in Poland in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged, working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives.

Complimentary copies of the books for the first twenty registrants. Register at www.MyLibrary.us Questions? Contact: Khris Gamer 970-506-8622

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April 17, 2017
6 - 8 p.m.
HOLOCAUST LITERATURE BOOK DISCUSSION

Centennial Branch Library, High Plains Library District
2227 23rd Avenue, Greeley, CO
Moderator: Khris Gamer, HMO Chair
Please join us for an informative, moderated book discussion.
The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal
While imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, Simon Wiesenthal was taken one day from his work detail to the bedside of a dying member of the SS. Haunted by the crimes in which he had participated, the soldier wanted to confess to--and obtain absolution from--a Jew. Faced with the choice between compassion and justice, silence and truth, Wiesenthal said nothing. But even years after the war had ended, he wondered: Had he done the right thing? What would you have done in his place?

Complimentary copies of the books for the first twenty registrants. Register at www.MyLibrary.us Questions? Contact: Khris Gamer 970-506-8622

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April 23, 2017
7 p.m.
INTERFAITH MEMORIAL SERVICE

Beth Israel Congregation
1625 Reservoir Road, Greeley, CO
Rabbi Sara Gilbert and Reverend John Bliss officiating.
All are invited to gather for an interfaith service to pay homage to those who lost their lives, give thanks for those who survived, and honor those who risked their lives to save others. Building on rich traditions and shared hope for the future, there will be prayer, music and inspirational readings to reflect on the Holocaust with a special tribute to Elie Wiesel. Musical selections will be offered by Kati Rittner, piano, Susan McKenzie, voice, Brian Larson, violin, Sheryl McBride, piano and Fr. Jack and Dorie Ann Stapleton, slide presentation.

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April 24, 2017
12 p.m.
BROWN BAG LUNCH: THE THUNDERBOLT ACROSS EUROPE: THE 83RD INFANTRY AND LIBERATION DURING WORLD WAR II

Riverside Library - 3700 Golden Street, Evans, CO
Presented by Michelle Dukette, Director, Rampart Library District
Michelle Therese Dukette will discuss her grandfather’s infantry, the 83rd Army Division and its role in the liberation of occupied Europe from Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to the concentration camp at Langenstein-Zweiberge. She will share their journey in first person stories as well as discuss the importance of oral history.

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April 24, 2017
7 p.m.
HOLOCAUST FILM: SURVIVING SKOKIE

First Congregational Church
2101 16th Street, Greeley, CO
66 min (not rated) Discussion facilitator: Joan Wallis
“Surviving Skokie” documents Jack Adler’s poignant Holocaust testimony to his filmmaker son, set amid an American Nazi effort in 1977 to march on Adler’s beloved Skokie, Illinois, home to almost 7,000 Shoah survivors. The Nazi threat created seminal First Amendment court cases, a survivor movement confronting antisemitism and hatred, and a moving connection between father and son. Co-sponsored by the Mizel Museum, First Congregational Church and the HMOC.

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April 25, 2017
9:15 a.m.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR PRESENTATION: STEEN METZ

Greeley West High School, 2401 35th Avenue, Greeley, CO (Open to Greeley West students only.)

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April 25, 2017
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
LITANY OF THE MARTYRS

UNC University Center, Fireside Lounge
20th Street & 11th Avenue, Greeley, CO
Help us remember the victims who perished in the Holocaust. Volunteers are welcome to join us and read names as we honor their memory. To sign up, call Joe Bluestein at 970-686-9923.

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April 25, 2017
2 p.m.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR PRESENTATION: STEEN METZ

Platte Valley High School,901 Campbell, Kersey, CO
(Open to the Platte Valley community.)

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April 25, 2017
3 - 4:30 p.m.
GENOCIDE, ELIMINATIONISM AND HOW TO PREVENT THE ONGOING ASSAULT ON HUMANITY

Aims Community College - Ed Beaty Hall Theater (room 102) 5401 W. 20th Street, Greeley, CO
Presented by Dr. Michael Booker, Aims Community College
Dr. Michael Booker’s lecture will reflect on the work of Daniel J. Goldhagen’s Worse than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault Against Humanity. This talk will examine the essential features, mechanisms and conditions that lead to episodes of “genocide” and “eliminationism.” Most importantly Dr. Booker will discuss Goldhagen’s solutions to preventing the carnage wrought by forced removal and mass slaughter.
* Can’t make it to the event? This program will stream live at www.aims.edu/radio/webcam

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April 25, 2017
7 p.m.
HOLOCAUST FILM: DENIAL

Kress Cinema - 817 8th Avenue, Greeley, CO
Arrive early, seating limited to 80.
109 min (rated PG-13)
Discussion facilitator: Khris Gamer, HMO Chair
Based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the film Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.

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April 26, 2017
9:30 a.m.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR PRESENTATION: STEEN METZ

Greeley Central High School, 1515 14th Avenue, Greeley, CO (Open to Greeley Central students only.)

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April 26, 2017
12 p.m.
HOW HE DID IT: HITLER’S CAMPAIGN TO CONTROL AND REDEFINE ART

Greeley Senior Center, 1010 6th Street, Greeley, CO
Presented by Dr. Pamela Hewitt, UNC (retired)
This presentation demonstrates how Hitler established control of the art culture. Dr. Pamela Hewitt, now retired, taught for 30 years in the UNC sociology department, including a course in the Sociology of Art. Hewitt’s presentation combines all three of her areas of interest: sociology, art, and German history.

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April 26, 2017
7:30 p.m.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR PRESENTATION: STEEN METZ

UNC – University Center Ballrooms
2101 10th Avenue, Greeley, CO
On October 2, 1943, Steen and his parents were arrested and deported to the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp from their home in Odense, Denmark. Steen was only eight years old. This Nazi facility was the scene of constant hunger, brutal living conditions, and death. Of the many children who passed through Theresienstadt, Steen Metz is one of the few who survived. Brian Larson, violin, Sheryl McBride, piano and Fr. Jack and Dorie Ann Stapleton, slide presentation.

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April 27, 2017
10 a.m.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR PRESENTATION: STEEN METZ

Union Colony Civic Center,
701 10th Avenue, Greeley, CO (Open to District 6,
8th grade students only. Transportation will be coordinated by the schools.)

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April 27, 2017
2 p.m.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR PRESENTATION: STEEN METZ

Eaton High School - 200 Park Avenue, Eaton, CO
Call school for seating availability: 970-454-3374

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April 27, 2017
7 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES: SON OF SAUL

Lindou Auditorium, UNC Michener Library
1400 22nd Street. Greeley, CO - Lower Level
107 min (rated R) Discussion facilitator: Khris Gamer, HMO Chair & IFS
Film contains extreme graphic violence.
October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkomando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner's Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.

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April 28, 2017
1 p.m.
HOLOCAUST FILM SERIES: NIGHT WILL FALL

Farr Library, High Plains Library District
1939 61st Avenue, Greeley, CO
Film screening followed by discussion. 78 min (not rated)
Discussion facilitator: Khris Gamer, HMOC Chair
Film contains extreme graphic images.
Night Will Fall is the story of the incredible efforts made by British cameramen to film and document the unbelievable atrocities the Allies encountered during the Liberation of the German concentration camps in 1945 at the end of World War II. The Ministry of Information’s Sidney Bernstein collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock to make a documentary that was to provide undeniable proof that these horrifying crimes actually happened. For a number of reasons that André Singer’s powerful film explores, the film was ultimately shelved and languished in British archives for years until the Imperial War Museum completed the film in 2014.

 

April 29, 2017
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
THE COLORADO HOLOCAUST EDUCATORS PRESENT: “HOLOCAUST 101”

Centennial Branch Library, High Plains Library District, 2227 23rd Avenue, Greeley, CO
Join us for a mini-workshop highlighting the various social, political and historical forces that shaped one of the darkest periods in modern Western history. Questions? Contact: Khris Gamer 970-506-8622

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April 30, 2017
4 p.m.
KLEZMER BAND PRESENTATION

Unitarian Universalist Church
929 15th Street, Greeley, CO
The entire genre of Yiddish music was nearly wiped out during the Holocaust, but has seen a major revival in recent years. ?Join A Bisl Klezmer for an afternoon concert and lecture about Jewish folk music's influence on classical and popular music?,? the subsequent ban during the Nazi era and ultimate rebirth after the Holocaust, featuring a selection from Gustav Mahler's First Symphony.

 

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