Holocaust Awareness Weeks events begin today at Mesa State

Events for the annual Mesa State College commemoration of National Holocaust Awareness Weeks begin today with the dedication of the Field of Flags Display at 11 a.m.

Each color of flag in the display represents a group of people killed during the Holocaust, with the number of flags in each color a representation of how many people in each group were killed during the Holocaust.

Tonight, Mesa State History Professor Vincent Patarino Jr. will show “A Film Finished,” a documentary about Nazi propaganda. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Room 141 of Wubben Hall and Science Center.

Events for Holocaust Awareness Weeks will continue through April 15. All events are free to attend and open to the public.


Mesa State Political Science Professor Tim Casey will screen the film “Welcome to Sarajevo” at 6:30 p.m. in Room 141 of Wubben Hall and Science Center. The film is about the difficulty of reporting about genocide in the Bosnian city. Discussion after the film will focus on objectivity in journalism.


University of Colorado History Professor Patricia Limerick will offer the keynote address, titled “Too Close to Home: Facing Sand Creek on the CU-Boulder Campus,” at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of Moss Performing Arts Center.

Limerick will discuss how a residence hall at the university was named in the 1960s after David Nichols, a Colorado territorial militia commander who participated in the Sand Creek Massacre of Indians in 1864, and how American Indian students and their advocates worked to have the residence hall renamed Cheyenne and Arapaho Hall in 1989. Limerick wrote a study of Nichols’ past that led to the renaming.


Holocaust educator Todd Henessy will make a presentation at 6:30 p.m. in Room 141 of Wubben Hall and Science Center called “The Evolution and Process of Genocide in Hitler’s Germany.” The presentation will focus on the persecution of various groups during the Holocaust.

Next week, events will include:

“When Ordinary Human Beings Become Killers: History and Holocaust in Burundi and Rwanda,” a presentation about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, at 6:30 p.m. April 11 in Room 141 of Wubben Hall and Science Center.

“Reparations for Genocide Victims: The Who, Hows and Whys of Compensation,” a discussion of reparations for German Holocaust victims, led by Mesa State Criminal Justice Professor Michael Delaney,  at 7 p.m. April 12 in Room 141 of Wubben Hall and Science Center.

“Assimilated Horror: Images of Survival and Suffering in the ‘Lost’ Holocaust fiction of H.G. Adler, ‘The Journey’ and ‘Panorama’ “; a reading and commentary on the novels of Adler, a concentration camp survivor,  by Mesa State English Professor William Brown,  at 7 p.m. April 13 in Room 141 of Wubben Hall and Science Center.

“Engaging Memory: The Holocaust and the Rise of the Counter Movement,” a discussion of Holocaust memorials by Mesa State English Professor Barry Laga, 7 p.m. April 14 in Room 141 of Wubben Hall and Science Center.

“Coping with Genocide: Ararat,” a presentation sponsored by the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta of the film “Ararat,” followed by discussion, at 6:30 p.m. April 15 in Room 131 of Wubben Hall and Science Center.

At 10 a.m. on April 30, Congregation Ohr Shalom will host a Holocaust Remembrance Service at 441 Kennedy Ave.


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