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UNI's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education to sponsor Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony and lecture

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 fourth annual Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education Lecture features Inge Auerbacher, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in 002 Sabin Hall on the UNI campus. The sixth annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in the Cedar Valley will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Grout Museum of History & Science in Waterloo.

Auerbacher will present her lecture "Memories of a Child Survivor of the Holocaust." Auerbacher is a survivor of Terezín (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp, where she was interned between the ages of 7 and 10.

Auerbacher emigrated to the U.S. in 1946 and lives in New York City. She received a degree in chemistry from Queens College of the City University of New York, and has done graduate studies in biochemistry. Before her retirement, she worked for 38 years in medical research and clinical work. She is the author of several books on the Holocaust, including the story of her survival, "I Am a Star," and is the recipient of numerous awards for her books and her work teaching tolerance and human rights.

The Norman Cohn Family Lecture Series is made possible by the ongoing support of Norman Cohn, a native of Waterloo and a graduate of UNI.

Holocaust Remembrance ceremonies in the U.S. are the result of a bill passed unanimously by Congress in 1980 which, 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 2012 Days of Remembrance are Sunday, April 15 through Sunday, April 22.
  
The ceremony will feature a presentation by Auerbacher and include a performance of music, the reading of original poetry by middle school students,  the lighting of candles in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides and a special presentation to the Grout Museum.

These events are free and open to the public. This 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 the UNI  College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at chge@uni.edu, 319-273-3870 or www.uni.edu/chge.