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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education

Dr. Harriet Sepinwall and
Sister Kathleen Flanagan

Annunciation Center - Main Floor

Phone: (973) 290-4351

25th Annual Week of Holocaust Remembrance

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education is marking its 25th year remembering the Holocaust with educational programs and commemoration of Kristallnacht. Programming for the College of Saint Elizabeth Week of Holocaust Remembrance begins on November 9 and continues to November 13, 2015.

A special partnership this year with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey brings the production of The Diary of Anne Frank to local audiences. Ticket information for the show, which runs from October 14 through November 21, may be obtained by calling or dropping by the box office located at 36 Madison Ave., Madison, N.J., calling (973) 408-5600, or visiting

The calendar of programs is as follows:

Schedule of Events

Monday, November 9

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Film Screening and Discussion
"THE LAST SURVIVOR: Four Tragedies, Four Journeys, One Purpose." – a documentary of the lives of survivors of the Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda, Darfur and Congo.
Presented by: Dr. David Tataw, Associate Professor, Health Care Management
Location: Henderson Hall 23

7:30 – 9:15 p.m.

25th Annual CSE Kristallnacht Commemoration

  • Location: Dolan Performance Hall in Annunciation Center
  • Interfaith Service of Remembrance: Led by Abigail Cimorelli, CSE Campus Minister
  • Main Speaker: Dr. Michael Berenbaum
    Founding Research Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Director of Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust
  • Survivor Testimony: Fred Heyman
    Subject of the film "Be an Upstander: The Fred Heyman Story"
  • Music By: Ashrey Choir, directed by Cantor Joel Caplan; Ann Monka, Soloist and Holocaust Survivor

Dessert reception in honor of the survivors will follow the program.

Tuesday, November 10

9:45 – 11:25 a.m.

The Holocaust, Its Impact, and Legacy
Holocaust Survivor Testimony by Gina Lanceter of Poland
Second Generation Testimony by Dina Cohen, Gina Lanceter's daughter
Presented by: Dr. Margaret Roman, Professor, English; Dr. Nicole Yanoso, Instructor, History; Dr. Laura Winters, Professor, English; Beatrice Kingston, Professor, English; Michelle M. Barrett, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology; Dr. George Sirgiovanni, Professor, History
Location: Saint Joseph Hall, Ward Dining Room

12:30 – 2:10 p.m.

Memorializing the Past
Speaker: Bette Blank, artist, explores the topic in conversation.
Case studies of persons who dared to care and act.
Presented by: Dr. Virginia Butera, Professor, Art
Location: Annunciation Center 106

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Second Generation Testimony
Allen Zaks, son of Holocaust Survivors
Presented by: Dr. Ellen Ehrlich, Professor, Nursing
Location: Henderson Hall 141

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

An Analysis of Bias Incidents in New Jersey
Presented by: Philip J. Crosson, Adjunct Professor, Justice Studies
Location: Santa Maria Hall 23

6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Second Generation Testimony
Speaker: Loretta Marra Malvas, daughter of Marcelle Haricot Mara – Catholic member of the French Resistance during WWII
Presented by: Dr. Elizabeth Johannes, Adjunct Professor, Psychology
Location: Henderson Hall 25

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Film Screening and Discussion
America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference – The plight of the refugees.
Presented by: Raymond Brock-Murray, Adjunct Professor, Psychology
Location: Annunciation Center 129

Wednesday, November 11

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Ethics in Biomedical Research: Connections to the Holocaust
Presented by: Dr. Tara Cominski, Assistant Professor, Biology
Location: Henderson Hall 143

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Film Screening and Discussion
Woman in Gold – Film and discussion about the art confiscated during the Holocaust.
Presented by: Beatrice Kingston and Dr. Laura Winters, Professors, English
Location: Santa Maria Hall 23

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Genocide Survivor Testimony
Painful Disclosures: Sharing Experiences of Survival with others
Speaker: Eugenie Mukeshimana of Rwanda
Presented by: Dr. Maria Checton, Professor, Allied Health Studies
Location: Annunciation Center 109

7:30 – 9:15 p.m.

Annual Interfaith Dialogue Program
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and 50th anniversary of "Nostra Aetate," the Vatican document that began under Pope John XXIII, with changes in Catholic teaching about Jews and Judaism that continued by Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict, and Pope Francis.

  • Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Carol Rittner, RSM – Holocaust scholar; Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Dialogue Partner: Rabbi David Nesson, Morristown Jewish Center Beit Israel
  • Location: Dolan Performance Hall in Annunciation Center

Dessert reception will follow at the conclusion of the program.

Thursday, November 12

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Holocaust Survivor Testimony and Second Generation Testimony
Managing Traumatic Stress: What lessons we can learn from survivors of the Holocaust?
Speakers: Ann Monka of Poland and her daughter, Rosalyn Monka Lippa
Presented by: Dr. Valerie Scott, Professor, Psychology
Location: Annunciation Center 106

Friday, November 13

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

The Mysterious Death of Alberto Nisman
The curious case of Alberto Nisman, the chief investigator of the 1994 car bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Presented by: Chantal Berthet, Assistant Professor, Global Studies
Location: Santa Maria Hall 31

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

International Criminal Court
What is the ICC? What does it do? How successful is it in fulfilling its mission to bring justice to victims of genocide and other crimes against humanity?
Presented by: Dr. Anne Langan, Associate Professor, Sociology
Location: Santa Maria Computer Lab

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