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Summer Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust held August 5-10 at The Marriott in Boone

BOONE—The 16th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on  Remembering the Holocaust will be held from August 5-10 at the Marriott Hotel 

at 1050 Highway 105 near the Appalachian State University campus. This  year’s symposium  explores the significance of gender in this genocide. The event is organized by ASU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies.

The week-long symposium brings internationally and nationally acclaimed scholars, authors, and educators to Boone. The event’s faculty and speakers include Auschwitz survivor Ralph J. PreissRwandan genocide survivor Eugenie Mukeshimana, Dr. Rebecca Erbelding (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum), and Professor Michael Berenbaum (American Jewish UniversityDr. Racelle Weiman, a world-renowened Holocaust educator, will serve as this year’s co-director. In a special evening event, Suzanne Lasky-Gerard will screen and discuss her Emmy award winning documentary on the March of the Living that aired on PBS. 

ASU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies is also continuing its collaboration with Yad Vashem, the World Center for Holocaust Research, Documentation, Education and Commemoration, in Jerusalem and will feature a presentation by Sheryl Ochayon, JD, from Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies.


The free and open-to-the-public symposium provides public and private school teachers, university faculty, students and community members information and insights about the victims, perpetrators, and consequences of the Nazi genocide of European Jewry. In addition, the program widens the focus to explore Jewish religious and cultural life before the Shoah (Holocaust). Reflecting this year’s emphasis, the symposum participants will not only learn and ponder how the Holocaust needs to be understood and taught as an event in global history and not exclusively in Jewish history. The audience will also gain knowledge on how the Jewish refugee crisis of the 1930s and 1940s relates to and teaches us lessons in our grappling with current refugee crises around the world.

Contributing to the international reach and composition of the event, secondary-school teachers from Hungary and the Czech Republic will be among the participants and will discuss the teaching of the Holocaust in theircountries.


As in years past, North Carolina teachers can receive continuing education units for attending the lectures, workshops, discussions, film screening and demonstrations. As one of the participants in the 2016 meeting summarized,“The Symposium was an excellent academic experience that offered educators the opportunity to grow!”


The symposium is sponsored by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Martin and Doris Rosen Endowment, the Community Advisory Board and Friends of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences and University Bookstore, the Boone Jewish Community/Temple of the High Country, Havurah of the High Country, the Margolis Family, the Ruth and Stan Etkin Symposium Scholars’ Fund, the Leon Levine Foundation, the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., and Echoes and Reflections of YadVashem (in collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League).


For a schedule of events and complete list of speakersplease visit https://holocaust.appstate.edu/symposium/2017-scheduleTo register for CEUs, visit https://holocaust.appstate.edu/symposium/registration.