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11th Annual Martin & Doris Rosen Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust; July 15-19

By Ethan Woodhouse

The Auschwitz concentration camp in Oświęcim, Poland was the largest and arguably most notorious concentration camp of the Holocaust. Approximately 1.3 million people perished at Auschwitz, 90 percent of whom were Jewish.

July 6, 2012. The 11th annual Remembering the Holocaust symposium will provide approximately forty hours of instruction, discussions, demonstrations, and public programs designed for teachers, students and the High Country community from July 15-19 at the Broyhill Events Center.

The symposium aims to provide a wide audience of public school teachers, university faculty, students, and concerned citizens with information and insights about the victims, perpetrators, and consequences of the Nazi Holocaust. The Symposium will raise basic questions about intolerance, indifference, and human courage in a dangerous world. Teachers who complete all forty hours will receive four CEU units.

Beginning Sunday at 1 p.m., ASU professors Dr. Rennie Brantz and Dr. Rosemary Horowitz will host an introductory lecture on the History of Judaism. Following a break, Ruth and Stan Etkin will host a talk on Jewish Culture from 2:45 – 5 p.m.

Monday through Thursday, lectures will run from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. with breaks and refreshments between lectures. Members of the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and professors from several universities will host lectures. Historical overviews, holocaust film and literary analysis, survivor testimony and American response will be just a few of the topics of discussion. A full schedule can be found at the article’s conclusion.

The event will conclude Thursday afternoon with closure, evaluations and graduation at 11 a.m.

The 2012 Symposium will be made possible by grants from Martin and Doris Rosen, the Leon Levine Foundation, and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc – Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education.

Sunday, July 16

1:00-2:30            History of Judaism; Drs. Rennie Brantz and Rosemary Horowitz (Appalachian State University)

2:30-2:45            Break

2:45-5:00            Jewish Culture; Ruth and Stan Etkin

Monday, July 16                                 

8:30-8:45            Opening Session/Agenda Overview

8:45-10:45          Historical Overview of the Holocaust; Ann Millin, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington DC)      

10:45-11:00        Break

11:00-12:15         Immigration and the American Response to the Holocaust; Ann Millin, USHMM

12:15-1:00           Lunch Break

1:00-4:00            In the Mind of the Perpetrator; Dr. 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                                                                    

7:00-9:30            Keynote: How Much More Do We Know About the Holocaust? What Are We Still Likely to Learn?; Dr. Michael Berenbaum 

Tuesday, July 17

8:30-8:45            Review/Reflection/Questions

8:45- 9:45            Did They Fight Back? Jewish Resistance, Resilience, and Survival Strategies During the Holocaust; Dr. John Cox, Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

 9:45-10:00         Break   

10:00-12:30        Film and the Holocaust; Linda Scher

12:30-1:30           Lunch Break

1:30-3:30             Holocaust Survivor Testimony:  Morris Glass                                   

7:00-9:30            Keynote: “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

8:30-9:00            Review/Reflection/Questions

9:00-12:00          Teacher Workshop; 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, NC, Dr. Zohara Boyd, Professor Emeritus of English, Appalachian State University, Dr. Rennie Brantz and Dr. Rosemary Horowitz  

12:00-1:00          Lunch Break

1:00-1:45             Literature of the Holocaust – Introduction to Elie Wiesel’s Night; Lee Holder, Dr. Zohara Boyd, Dr. Rennie Brantz and Dr. Rosemary Horowitz 

1:45-2:00             Break 

2:00-3:15             Literature of the Holocaust; Lee Holder 

3:15-3:30             Break 

3:30-4:30            Continuing Your Holocaust Education; Lee Holder                                                                               

7:00-9:30            Evening Roundtable:  Genocide, Art, and the Holocaust; John Cox and Jim Toub, Professor of Art at Appalachian State University

Thursday, July 19 

8:30-8:45            Review/Reflection/Questions

8:45-9:45             Using Survivor Testimony in the Classroom; Dr. Rosemary Horowitz                                                

9:45-10:00          Break

10:00-11:00        Discussion of Simon Wiesenthal’s Sunflower; Dr. Zohara Boyd, Professor Emeritus, Appalachian State University, Dr. Rennie Brantz and Dr. Rosemary Horowitz 

11:00-12:00        Closure, Evaluations, Recognitions, and Graduation