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ASU hosts Holocaust Symposium July 15-19

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Article Published: Jun. 28, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 28, 2012

The 11th annual Martin and Doris Rosen Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust: A Summer Symposium for Educators and the Community will take place from 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, through 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at the Broyhill Events Center on the campus of Appalachian State University.

The symposium is sponsored by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies.
All events are free and open to the public. The symposium is made possible by Martin and Doris Rosen, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Inc. — Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education and other contributors.

The symposium events, which are subject to change, follow:

Sunday, July 15

• 1 to 2:30 p.m., History of Judaism — Rennie Brantz and Rosemary Horowitz, ASU
• 2:45 to 5 p.m., Jewish Culture — Ruth and Stan Etkin, members of the community advisory board of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies

Monday, July 16

• 8:45 to 10:45 a.m., Historical Overview of the Holocaust — Ann Millin, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

• 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Immigration and the American Response to the Holocaust — Ann Millin

• 1 to 4 p.m., In the Mind of the Perpetrator — Michael Berenbaum, founding director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, film consultant and currently professor of religion at University of Judaism in Los Angeles

• 7 to 9:30 p.m., keynote lecture: How Much More Do We Know About the Holocaust? What Are We Still Likely to Learn? — Michael Berenbaum

Tuesday, July 17

• 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., Did They Fight Back? Jewish Resistance, Resilience and Survival Strategies During the Holocaust — John Cox, associate professor of Holocaust and genocide studies, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

• 10 to 12:30 p.m., Film and the Holocaust — Linda Scher, Holocaust educator

• 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Survivor Testimony — Morris Glass, Holocaust survivor

• 7 to 9:30 p.m., keynote lecture, “No One Ever Died Illegally in Auschwitz”: The Nazis’ Obsession with Legalizing the Holocaust — Professor Harry Reicher, University of Pennsylvania Law School, scholar-in-residence, Touro Law Center

Wednesday, July 18

• 9 a.m. to noon, Teacher Workshops — Lee Holder, teacher-in residence, recipient of the Irena Sendler international award for outstanding Holocaust teaching and social studies department head at North Lenoir High School, LaGrange, N.C., along with Zohara Boyd, Rennie Brantz and Rosemary Horowitz

• 1 to 1:45 p.m., Literature of the Holocaust, with an Introduction to Elie Wiesel’s “Night” — Lee Holder, Zohara Boyd, Rennie Brantz and Rosemary Horowitz

• 2 to 3:15 p.m., Literature of the Holocaust — Lee Holder

• 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Continuing Your Holocaust Education — Lee Holder

• 7 to 9:30 p.m., Evening Roundtable Discussion: Genocide, Art and the Holocaust — John Cox and Jim Toub, professor of art at Appalachian State University

Thursday, July 19

• 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., Using Survivor Testimony in the Classroom — Rosemary Horowitz

• 10 to 11 a.m., Discussion of Simon Wiesenthal’s “Sunflower” — Zohara Boyd, Rennie Brantz, and Rosemary Horowitz

• 11 to noon, Closure, evaluations, recognitions and graduation

A Survivor Speaks

Morris Glass, a survivor of the Holocaust, will speak at 1:30 p.m. July 17 at the Broyhill Events Center at Appalachian State University, as part of the symposium.

During his talk, Glass will describe what happened to him during the Nazi period. He was 11 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland.

A childhood filled with school, sports and movies was transformed into a nightmare of ghettos and camps, unending hunger, exhausting work, fear and loss.

Glass spent four and a half years in ghettos in his hometown and in Lodz, two months in Auschwitz-Birkenau and eight months in five camps that were part of the Dachau camp system. During those years, he lost his youth, his home and his father, mother, and two sisters.

Out of 42 close family members only Glass, his brother, and a first cousin survived.

With Carolyn Happer, a professor of history at Meredith College, Glass wrote “Chosen for Destruction: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor.” He will sign copies of the book after the presentation.

ASU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies offers educational programs to students, teachers, and community members. The center’s mission is to strengthen tolerance, understanding and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and using these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of future genocides.

For more information, call (828) 262-2311, send an email to ( , or visit

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