Holocaust Remembrance

Annual Holocaust Remembrance | 2015


Annual Holocaust Remembrance | 2015





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The 2015 Holocaust Remembrance was held on 14 April at the Stone Center Theatre. The Keynote speaker was Holocaust survivor Dr. Robert May. Dr. May was accompanied by his daughter, Ann Mollengarden. Robert May was born in Germany in 1926. The May family had owned a dry goods store for several generations, and May's father was cantor at the local synagogue. But when Hitler came to power in 1933, anti-Semitism threatened the family business and forced Robert to leave school and stay with his aunt in Frankfurt. During Kristallnacht in 1938, Robert's school and synagogue were burned, and his aunt's apartment ransacked. A month later, Robert escaped Germany through the Kindertransport, a British program that allowed Jewish children under 17 to enter England, as long as they could support themselves. Robert's father and mother managed to join him in London two days before the war began, and the family emigrated to the U.S. in 1940. Robert's aunt, with whom he stayed in Frankfurt, and the uncle who sponsored his Kindertransport, both perished in Auschwitz.


Keynote speaker: Dr. Robert May; Welcome: SGA president; Invocation: the Rev. Lin Veasey, Covenant Presbyterian Church of Lenlock; Commentary: Dr. Russel Lemmons, Department of History and Foreign Language; "Imagining the Holocaust" Writing Contest Coordinators: April Walker and Susan Dean, Department of English; Music: Dr. Nathan Wight (baritone), Department of Music and Cheryl Wight (accompanist); Kaddish: Members of Temple Beth-El, Anniston.


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Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945).


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Annual Holocaust Remembrance | 2015