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UNI's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education to sponsor Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

Contact: 

Stephen Gaies, director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, 319-273-3870, stephen.gaies@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education will host the seventh annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony in the Cedar Valley at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 7, in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center lobby. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the 2013 National Days of Remembrance. The theme of this year's Days of Remembrance is "Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs."

The ceremony will feature guest speakers, readings, musical performances, candle lighting and other activities to honor victims of the Holocaust.

Holocaust remembrance ceremonies in the U.S. are the result of a bill passed unanimously by Congress in 1980 that, among other things, established an eight-day period -- the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust -- for civic commemorations and special educational programs to help citizens remember and draw lessons from the Holocaust. The 2013 Days of Remembrance are Sunday, April 7 through Sunday, April 14.

UNI's ceremony is free and open to the public. The ceremony is sponsored by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Sons of Jacob Synagogue of Waterloo, Cedar Valley Interfaith Council, Catholic Parishes of Waterloo, the Peace and Justice Center of the Cedar Valley and UNI's College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Stephen Gaies, director of UNI's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, at 319-273-3870 or gaies@uni.edu.