UTSA hosts Holocaust remembrance events Nov. 14-17 at Main Campus

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Concentration camp prisoners in Germany in World War II

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(Nov. 14, 2011) -- As part of the observance of International Education Week, UTSA will present Holocaust and other genocide remembrance events on the Main Campus.

>> The exhibit "The Wall" will be at Sombrilla Plaza from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 14-17 to raise awareness of genocide.

>> Sara Salzman, media director of the Holocaust History Project, will present the lecture, "Contemporary Holocaust Denial: Challenges and Responses," at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Main Building Room 0.208. Salzman will discuss the current state of Holocaust denial in the United States and abroad as well as the efforts to fight the people and organizations that deny the existence of the Holocaust in World War II. In German prison camps, more than 6 million Jews and others were exterminated.

>> At 12:30 p.m., Nov. 15 in the University Center Mesquite Room (2.01.24), Margaret Paxson will speak on "Remembering the Good: Legacies of Rescue and Resistance in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. Paxson was a fellow with the Miles Lerman Center in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., during the 2010-2011 academic year.

She will detail the rescue and resistance efforts in the small village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France. Ruled by the Vichy government, the villagers managed to rescue thousands of Jews, particularly children, over four years. Paxson will assess the social repercussions of active resistance and how these events are memorialized by the participants and the community.

>> At 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov 16 in McKinney Humanities Building Room 2.01.12, filmmaker Mary Ann Smothers Bruni will screen and discuss her documentary "Genocide in Iraq." The documentary examines the costs of genocide through the lives of three women survivors of Kurdish genocide.

From 1975-1987, Saddam Hussein's regime bombed and bulldozed more than 2,500 Kurdish villages. His forces rounded up, transported and killed more than 180,000 Kurds. Bruni will screen segments of the film and open a dialogue with the audience on the issues raised by the film and the process of documentary filmmaking.

>> At 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18 in the University Center Denman Room (2.212), Robert Krueger, former Texas senator and ambassador to Burundi, will present "From Bloodshed to Hope: A Witness to Genocide Reflects."

The talk will begin with a film clip from ABC"s "Nightline" in which Krueger provides testimony about the genocide in Burundi and Rwanda. Krueger will discuss his position as a representative of the United States in the midst of genocide.

Following the presentation, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte will read a resolution to designate a statewide Holocaust and genocide awareness month.

Events sponsors include the UTSA Honors College, UTSA Department of History, UTSA Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, UTSA Hillel, Ricardo Romo Distinguished Professorship, Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

Support for the event was provided through the generosity of the David and Judith Ganz Fund, a donor-advised fund of combined Jewish philanthropies.

For more information, contact Kolleen Guy at 210-458-4371.