Morristown, N.J. (October 7, 2013) – The Annual College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) week of Holocaust Remembrance will take place from Monday, November 11, to Friday, November 15, 2013. The opening event of the College's 23rd annual "Week" will be the Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, "The Night of Broken Glass." It will be held Monday, November 11, 2013, from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m., in Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center, on the CSE campus, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, N.J. All Holocaust remembrance events during the Week are free of charge to the community. For complete information about all events during the "Week," visit www.cse.edu/holocaustcenter.
The opening event speakers will be a Holocaust survivor of Poland, Pinchas Gutter, who will give his testimony, and Stephen Smith, the Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education (originally established by Steven Spielberg as Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation) at the University of Southern California. Recently, UNESCO and USC worked together to establish USC as the world center on Genocide Education, and Smith has been chosen the Inaugural UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education. He also is an adjunct professor of religion at USC. The focus of the CSE program will be on the future and importance of survivor testimony.
Gutter will share his experiences as a child during the Holocaust, and excerpts from Smith's documentary film about Gutter, The Void: In Search of Memory Lost, will be shown. Smith will show examples of the "New Dimensions in Testimony" hologram project that is under development that could enable testimonies of and interviews with survivors to be available for the future. The issues and implications of such a project will be discussed. A dessert reception in honor of the survivors at the conclusion of the program is open to all the attendees. No reservations are required, and everyone is encouraged to join us.
A second program is offered the following morning for teachers and students in the sixth to twelfth grades on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, from 9:15 a.m. to 12 noon with Gutter and Smith. The community is also invited on a first come, first serve basis. The film, The Void: In Search of Memory Lost will be shown, and a Q&A session with survivor Gutter and director Smith will follow. Smith and Gutter also will present the "New Dimensions in Testimony" hologram project, and discuss issues related to offering testimony when the survivors are gone.
To reserve seating, email the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, November 14, 2013, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Dolan Performance Hall, the College will host "Learning to See Jews as God's Beloved: A Revolution in Catholic Understanding." This interfaith program will be presented by Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D, Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
The program is co-sponsored by the CSE DePaul Center for Mission and Ministry and the CSE Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. Refreshments will be offered at the conclusion of the program.
The College invites the public to attend in-class sessions from November 11 to 15 on Holocaust-related topics and themes offered by faculty members in their disciplines. These sessions include survivor testimonies, films, lectures, and presentations by faculty and students.
Lona Hess will be giving her testimony in one of the classes on campus on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Gina Lanceter, co-Chair of the Holocaust Council of MetroWest will be giving her testimony, as will Ernest Pressburger, Ursula Pawel and Dina Cohen on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
Programs with films focus on survival in Mexico and music in Terezin. Additional sessions include presentations on the Cambodian genocide, the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Holocaust rescuers, hate crime trends, and theology.
On Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., the CSE Annual Film Studies Festival will be presenting Some Who Lived. The film was directed by Luis Puenzo, winner of the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film, The Official Story.
Some Who Lived is a documentary about the Holocaust survivors who went to Argentina and other Latin American countries. Clips of archival footage from the Holocaust and survivors' experiences in Latin American countries will be presented.
Refreshments will be offered at the conclusion of the program.
In coordination with Holocaust Remembrance Week, the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, located in Annunciation Center, will offer a curator-led tour of the exhibit Held Against Their Will on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, led by Dr. Virginia Butera, Director of the CSE Maloney Art Gallery and Chair of the Art Program. The tour will address particular pieces with Holocaust and genocide images.
The exhibit is open Monday through Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday, major and school holidays.
For more information, contact the gallery at (973) 290-4315; www.maloneyartgallery.org.