Holocaust Survivors Share Their Stories, Feb. 15

Thumbnail image for holocaust_panel.jpgA panel of Holocaust survivors share their stories and experiences in what is sure to be a powerful and moving presentation, at the Tuesday, Feb. 15 installation of the Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series.

The panel, which consists of Vera Korkus, Maurice Blaug, and Lillian Mattimore, speaks from 4 p.m.-5:40 p.m. in Warren Auditorium.

Korkus was born in 1928 in Vienna, and experienced the atrocities of Thereisenstadt and Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she lost both her parents. She dug trenches in Silesia until the "death march" to Bergen-Belsen, during which she escaped and eventually returned to Vienna. She now lives in Sebastopol and owns a retail business.

She is joined by Dr. Maurice Blaug, professor emeritus of Hutchins, and Lillian Shaie Mattimore, an SSU alumna who was born in Shanghai to a family of refugees from Nazi Germany.

The lecture is held in memory of Adele Zygielbaum, who was held in three German concentration campus during WWII, entering the first in 1942 at 18 years of age. She passed away in October 2009.

This is the second of sixteen lectures scheduled for the spring semester. Future lectures include:

February 22: "The Armenian Genocide: Memory and Memoir"

Featuring Dr. Sergio LaPorta of the CSU Fresno Armenian Studies Program (Armenian Genocide Memorial Lecture)

March 1: "Armenian Lullaby and Folk Traditions"

Featuring Hasmik Harutyunyan, folklorist, singer and teacher, and the Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

March 8: "Breaking the Silence: A Holocaust Childhood"

Featuring Paul A Schwarzbart

March 22: "Perspectives on International War Crimes"

Featuring Dr. Eric Williams, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Sonoma State University

March 29: "Eyewitness to the Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda: The World Outside My Shoes"

Featuring Carl Wilkins, director of World Outside My Shoes

April 5: "Lessons Learned from a Holocaust Childhood"

Featuring Hans Angress

April 12: "Legacies of Genocide: Cambodian Stories of Trauma and Recovery"

Featuring Dr. Lucia D. Roncalli, Santa Rosa Family Medical Residency Program

April 26: "Reaching Out: Memory and Education"

Featuring Morgan Blum of the Jewish Family and Children's Services Holocaust Outreach Program, and Jack Weinstein, director of Facing History and Ourselves

May 3: "Hidden Children During the Holocaust"

Featuring Dr. Jeannette Ringold, chair of the Bay Area Hidden Children's Group

May 10: "Reflections on History, Memory and Testimony"

Featuring Dr. Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute, American Jewish University (Robert L. Harris Memorial Lecture)

May 17: "Genocide Beneath our Feet"

Featuring Dr. Greg Sarris, endowed professor of Native American Studies at Sonoma State University, and chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

May 24: "What Have We Learned"

Featuring a student and faculty panel

The Holocaust and Genocide Lecture Series is sponsored by the Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, The Paul V. Benko Holocaust Education Endowment, the Armenian genocide Memorial Lecture Fund, the Adele Zygielbaum Endowment, the Thomas Family Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, the Sonoma State Students' Instructionally Related Activities Fund, and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

For more information, visit SSU's Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide website at www.sonoma.edu/holocaust/

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