Holocaust observance begins at Colorado Mesa University

Dr. Vincent Patarino, right, and Colorado Mesa University students set up the Field of Flags on Monday as part of CMU’s Holocaust Awareness Weeks Series. The Field of Flags features over 2,000 flags representing all of the major groups targeted by the Nazis during World War II and will be displayed until Saturday, April 13.

Colorado Mesa University will commemorate the 10th Annual Holocaust Awareness Weeks during the first two weeks of April with a series of events that are free and open to the public.

The university will dedicate the annual “Field of Flags” display with a moment of silence at 10 a.m. today on the University Center Field. The display features more than 2,000 miniature flags, each with a color denoting a demographic of people killed during the Holocaust.

CMU assistant history professor Vincent Patarino will screen the film “Paper Clips,” about a small Tennessee town’s reaction to the Holocaust, at 4 p.m. today in Houston Hall, Room 139. Michael Onyebuchi Eze, a visiting scholar from Stanford University, will discuss ethnic cleansing in West Africa at 6:30 p.m. today in the same room.

Wednesday, CMU English professor Barry Laga will discuss Holocaust memorials at 4:30 p.m., and filmmaker Larry Cappetto will screen his documentary, “Yom Hashoah—The Holocaust Remembered,” at 6:30 p.m. Both events will take place in Room 139 of Houston Hall.

CMU anthropology professor Clare Boulanger will complete the first week’s events with a screening of “New Year Baby” and discussion of Cambodian genocide at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 139 of Houston Hall.

Week Two will start with CMU English instructor R. Maureen McCarney discussing echoes of Holocaust trauma, the Cold War and atomic bombs all contributing to music at 4:30 p.m. April 8 in Houston Hall, Room 139. At 6:30, David Eisner of Congregation Ohr Shalom will lead a Holocaust Remembrance Service in the same room.

April 9, Chautauqua performer Judy Winnick will offer a performance as Polish Catholic social worker Irene Sendler at 7:30 p.m. in the west ballroom of the University Center. Sendler was part of the Polish underground and known as the “angel of the Warsaw ghetto.”

At 4:30 p.m. April 10, CMU associate forensic anthropology professor and Forensic Investigation Research Station Director Melissa Connor will discuss the use of forensics in investigating genocide in Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Iraq. At 6:30 p.m., the university’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta will present “City of Life and Death,” a film about Japanese brutality in China in 1937. Both events will take place in Room 139 of Houston Hall.

Events will conclude at 6:30 p.m. April 11 in Houston Hall, Room 139, with a screening of “Silent Exodus.” Community member James Morton-Cohen will lead a discussion of the film about Arab anti-Semitism in the 1930s after the screening.

Go to http://www.coloradomesa.edu/holocaust for more information and a full description of events.


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