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College of Saint Elizabeth Holocaust Education Resource Center Announces April Events and Programs

College of Saint Elizabeth Holocaust Education Resource Center Announces April Events and Programs

College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) Holocaust Education Resource Center has planned very special Holocaust remembrance and genocide awareness programs for April. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 973-290-4387 or email

Monday, April 8, 2013, 7:30 to 9:15 p.m.:  Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemoration is co-sponsored by the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest. Survivor testimony will be offered by Sarah Wiener, who will be introduced by her daughter, Dr. Deborah Rabner. Mark Weitzman, director of government affairs and director of the Task Force against Hate and Terrorism for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, will offer remarks about the meaning of remembrance. The closing prayers will be delivered by Cantor Joel Caplan, Congregation Agudath Israel, Caldwell, N.J., and Rev. Joseph Farias, St. Thomas More Parish, Morristown, N.J. A dessert reception honoring the survivors, sponsored by CSE alumna Yolanda, ’68, and Raymond Kunz, immediately follows. The commemoration takes place in Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center on campus.

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7 to 9:30 p.m.: The CSE Film Studies Festival presents Rosenstrasse, a film depicting the protest carried out by non-Jewish spouses in Berlin that successfully won the release of Jewish husbands and fathers. Survivor Fred Heyman will share his personal moments of being at the Rosenstrasse protest with his mother and will answer questions from the audience. The film is co-sponsored with the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival. The film will be shown in the Octagon, located in Mahoney Library on campus.

Thursday, April 18, 9:30 a.m. to Noon: Eugenie Mukeshimana, a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, is the speaker for the Genocide Awareness Month Program, in Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center on campus. The program includes the screening of The Last Survivor. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 973-290-4387 or emailing

Monday, April 22, 2013, 7 p.m.: The New Jersey Jewish Film Festival presents Kinderblock 66,
co-sponsored with the College of Saint Elizabeth. The film tells the story of how adult inmates tried to protect Jewish children in Buchenwald concentration camp. This screening takes place in Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center on campus. For more information, visit

Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Survivor Stefanie Seltzer, president of World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust, will share her story about her experiences at a conference entitled After the Holocaust: the Courage to Rebuild.  Dr. Paul Winkler, executive director, N.J. Commission on Holocaust Education, will speak about the state of Holocaust education. The location of this event, which has been collaboratively planned and sponsored by the College and the Education Department & Young Leadership Associates of The America Society for Yad Vashem, is Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center on campus.

Public is Invited to Attend In-Class Sessions

In addition to these events, CSE also invites the public to attend in-class sessions featuring varied aspects of the Holocaust. A list of the classes and their programs are below:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.: Testimony will be given by Stella Rabner, Holocaust Survivor, Poland and Russia. She will be introduced by her son, Hon. Stuart Rabner.  The program is presented by Dr. Mary Chayko, CSE professor and chair of sociology. The location is Ward Dining Room, Saint Joseph’s Hall on campus.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 2:30 to 4:10 p.m.: Dr. Harriet Sepinwall, professor of Holocaust Studies and co-director of the Holocaust Education Resource Center at CSE, will speak about Children of the Holocaust in Annunciation Center, Room 129 on campus.             

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9:45 – 11:25 a.m.: Erwin Ganz will testify as a survivor of Kristallnacht, meaning the Night of Broken Glass, in Germany. Kristallnacht signaled the start of the Holocaust. The location  is Ward Dining Room in Saint Joseph’s Hall on campus. The program is presented by Dr. Mary Hebert, CSE professor of psychology, and Franz Vintschger, CSE professor of English.

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Surviving the Holocaust in Riga as a 20-year-old provides the opportunity to hear testimony from survivor Lona Hess. The program, which takes place in Henderson Hall, Room 250, on campus, is presented by Dr. Ellen Ehrlich, CSE professor of Nursing.

 Thursday, April 11, 2013, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Sister Kathleen Flanagan, CSE professor of theology, will discuss Anti-Semitism in History:  Selected Narratives Up to the 19th Century. The program takes place in the Annunciation Center, Room 218, on campus.

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