Holocaust Awareness events planned on CMU campus

Colorado Mesa University will host its 11th annual Holocaust Awareness Week April 7-11.

All events are free and open to the public. Each takes place in Room 139 of Houston Hall except for the dedication of the annual Field of Flags display at 11 a.m. Monday on the University Center field.

Each flag in the display represents 5,000 people targeted by the Nazis during World War II, including Jews, people from Poland or the Soviet Union, disabled people, homosexuals, communists, socialists, Roma, Sinti and Jehovah’s Witnesses. The display will remain in place through April 12.

■ At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Assistant History Professor Vincent V. Patarino will screen the movie “No Place on Earth,” about a spelunker who found evidence of Jews being hidden in Ukrainian caves during the Holocaust.

Discussion will take place after the screening.

■  On Tuesday, Michael Onyebuchi Eze of Covenant University in Nigeria will host a lecture at 4:30 p.m. about Belgium King Leopold’s treatment of Congolese people during the colonial era.

At 6:30 p.m., Colorado Mesa’s Phi Alpha Theta will screen the film “Katyn,” about a mass killing in a Polish forest.

■ Wednesday’s activities include a discussion with English and political science instructor Maureen McCarney, “Popular Culture, Generational Effects, the Holocaust and Cultural Trauma,” at 4:30 p.m..

A lecture by Assistant Criminology Professor Michael Delaney, “The Legal Response to the Holocaust,” is scheduled at 6:30 p.m.

McCarney will focus on generational similarities and differences in recalling the Holocaust in cultural imagery and music.

Delaney’s presentation will center on the Nuremberg Trials.

■ On Thursday, Assistant History Professor Adam T. Rosenbaum will present “Living with Genocide: West Germany and the Nazi Past, 1945-60” at 4:30 p.m.

Rosenbaum will discuss how West Germans dealt with the history of Nazism after World War II.

History Professor Sarah Swedberg and Assistant History Professor Erika Jackson will present “A Modern Holocaust: The AIDS Crisis in the United States” at 6:30 p.m.

Swedberg and Jackson will share information about calls in the 1980s for people with HIV/AIDS to be quarantined or marked with tattoos, evoking Holocaust memories.

For information and a list of events, visit coloradomesa.edu/holocaust.


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