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Hope Amid the Horror: Remembering the Holocaust
April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree and Open to the Public
PINEVILLE, La. (LCNews)–In April 1945, American soldiers found Nazi concentration camps and uncovered unspeakable horror. Jews and other peoples were murdered in a mass genocide on a scale the world had not seen in the 20th Century.
The Holocaust, as the destruction of the Jewish population of Europe is called, was the planned murder of 6 million people who were targeted for death by the Nazi regime.
Even in the midst of the inhumane forced labor at the camps, systematic extermination in gas chambers, and disease-ridden conditions, Jewish people held out hope.
Louisiana College will remember this human tragedy in an event called “Hope Amid the Horror: Remembering the Holocaust.”
Scheduled for April 16 at 7 p.m. in LC’s Granberry Conference Center, the program will feature video clips, as well as readings from the writings of survivors, and historical commentary from Rabbi Arni Task and Attorney Steven Oxenhandler, guest speakers.
“While most people rightly view the Holocaust as a period and series of incidents involving great suffering, it was also a time of great courage displayed by Jews and non-Jews, alike. The courage demonstrated by many remarkable people gave hope during and after the Holocaust in order to ensure such suffering will never occur in the future,” Oxenhandler said.
The original source material and speakers will show “how faith, the endurance of the human spirit, and our determination not to forget the invaluable lessons must guide leaders in the world today,” said Dr. Henry Robertson, LC’s associate professor of history. “Their words tell the true story of the unspeakable suffering and wrenching horrors.”
The program is an “excellent opportunity to pause and recall the dark events of 73 years ago when Americans came face-to-face with the worst evils of the Nazi regime,” said LC President Dr. Rick Brewer. “Men, women, and children were sent to their deaths with a hatred that needs to be identified as evil racism all these decades later. The strength of the survivors is an aspect that must be remembered with equal examination as we ponder history. We must never forget and always stand up to this kind of evil which has no place in the civilized world.”
The event is free and open to the public.