Remembering the Holocaust

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Article Published: Jul. 11, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 19, 2013

Presented by Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, the 12th annual Martin and Doris Rosen Symposium on “Remembering the Holocaust” will take place Sunday, July 14, through Thursday, July 18.

The symposium, which takes place in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of ASU’s Plemmons Student Union, is organized for educators and the community and features internationally recognized scholars, award-winning teachers, a Holocaust survivor and a wide range of lectures and discussions.

Among the speakers will be Dr. Ann Millin of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Dr. Michael Berenbaum, founding director of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, film consultant and currently professor of religion at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles; Dr. John Cox, ASU graduate and currently associate professor of Holocaust and genocide studies at UNC-Charlotte; Kathy Kacer, writer of historical fiction for young readers; Dr. Harry Reicher, University of Pennsylvania Law School; 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 in LaGrange; Linda Scher, North Carolina Holocaust educator; and Morris Glass, Holocaust survivor.

The symposium is made possible by Martin and Doris Rosen, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the N.C. Governor’s Council on the Holocaust, members of the center, the Owen Margolis family and Appalachian State University. All events are free and open to the public.
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Saturday, July 13
2 to 4 p.m. – Teacher check-in

Sunday, July 14
10 a.m. to noon – “History of Judaism” with Rabbi Fred Guttman
Noon to 2 p.m. – Lunch break
2 to 4 p.m. – “Jewish Culture and Religion” with Rabbi Fred Guttman

Monday, July 15
8:30 to 8:45 a.m. – Opening session and agenda overview
8:45 to 10:45 a.m. – “Historical Overview of the Holocaust” with Dr. Ann Millin
11 a.m. to noon – “Immigration and the American Response to the Holocaust” with Dr. Ann Millin
Noon to 1:15 p.m. – Lunch break
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – “In the Mind of the Perpetrator” with Dr. Michael Berenbaum
7 to 9:30 p.m. – Keynote: “How Much More Do We Know About the Holocaust? What Are We Still Likely to Learn?” with Dr. Michael Berenbaum

Tuesday, July 16
8:30 to 8:45 a.m. – Review, reflection and questions with Lee Holder
8:45 to 9:45 a.m. – “Did They Fight Back? Jewish Resistance, Resilience and Survival Strategies During the Holocaust” with Dr. John Cox
9:45 to 10 a.m. – Break
10 a.m. to noon – “Film and the Holocaust” with Linda Scher
Noon to 1:15 p.m. – Lunch Break
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – “Holocaust Survivor Testimony” with Morris Glass
7 to 9:30 p.m. – Keynote: “Holocaust Diaries: What I’ve Heard and What I’ve Learned” with Kathy Kacer

Wednesday, July 17
8:30 to 8:45 a.m. – Review, reflection and questions
8:45 to 10 a.m. – “Teaching the Holocaust” with Lee Holder
10:10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Teacher workshop with Lee Holder
1 to 2:15 p.m. – Lunch break
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – “Literature of the Holocaust – Introduction to Elie Wiesel’s ‘Night’” with Lee Holder, Drs. Zohara Boyd, Rennie Brantz and Rosemary Horowitz
3:30 to 4:15 p.m. – “Literature of the Holocaust” with Dr. Rosemary Horowitz
4:15 to 5 p.m. – “Continuing Your Holocaust Education” with Lee Holder
7 to 9:30 p.m. – Keynote: “No One Ever Died Illegally in Auschwitz: The Nazi Obsession With Legalizing the Holocaust” with Dr. Harry Reicher

Thursday, July 18

8:30 to 8:45 a.m. – Review, reflection and questions
8:45 to 9:45 a.m. – “Using Survivor Testimony in the Classroom” with Dr. Rosemary Horowitz
9:45 to 10 a.m. – Break
10 to 11 a.m. – “Racism, the Holocaust and Modern Genocide” with Dr. John Cox
11 a.m. to noon – Discussion of Simon Wiesenthal’s “Sunflower” with Drs. Zohara Boyd, Rennie Brantz and Rosemary Horowitz
Noon to 1 p.m. – Closure, evaluations, recognitions and graduation

For more information about the Symposium, visit or call (828) 262-2311.

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