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Library commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Chancellor Robertson, Pat Mercer Hutchens, and President Campo view the paintings in the Library gallery
Written by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian

On January 27, 1945 the advancing Soviet army entered Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. In 2005, the United Nations designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an annual day of commemoration to honor the victims of the Nazi era.

This year, on the 66th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Library marked this solemn event with two days of commemorative events. From 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Library screened Claude Lanzmann’s 9½ hour film Shoah. Based on interviews with concentration camp survivors, guards, and witnesses from surrounding villages, Shoah (1985) has been acclaimed as the most important of all Holocaust documentaries.

At 6:30 p.m., in front of a standing-room only audience in the Library Auditorium, a memorial service for victims of the Nazis was held in conjunction with an introduction to the world premier of The Auschwitz Album Revisited, an exhibition of 28 paintings by artist Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens. The memorial service included reflections on the Holocaust by Library Dean Sara Baron, University Chancellor Pat Robertson, and President Carlos Campo. Five honored guests also spoke. Dr. Israel Zoberman, founding Rabbi at Congregation Beth Chaverim in Virginia Beach, led the recitation of the Kaddish (Jewish Mourner’s Prayer). Holocaust survivor and Chesapeake resident David Katz gave a moving testimony of how he survived the war with the aid of French “righteous Gentiles,” and even served as a courier for the French Resistance. A brief autobiography of Mr. Katz may be read here.

Holocaust survivor David Katz speaking about his experience in Nazi-occupied France
Following Mr. Katz’s remarks, Rev. Sonny Mathew introduced the artist. Dr. Hutchens recounted looking at the Auschwitz Album and feeling deeply moved by the photographs, particularly those of women and children. “I tried to think about how I would have felt, and I was overwhelmed with sorrow.” It was then that she felt God’s call to give artistic expression to the subjects of the photographs. Initially, Dr. Hutchens had planned to do a series of only twelve paintings, but as she worked on the project, she felt a responsibility to memorialize all the children in the Auschwitz Album. Twenty-eight paintings have now been created, and Dr. Hutchens continues to add to the series.

The memorial service concluded with Cantor Roni Wexler chanting the El Male Rachamim (prayer for the departed). A video of the memorial service may be viewed by clicking here.

Following a five-minute break, the audience re-assembled in the Library gallery, and the artist’s husband, Brigadier General James Hutchens, US Army (ret.), offered a prayer, blessing the paintings and officially opening the exhibition. A video of Gen. Hutchen’s remarks may be viewed here.

The Auschwitz Album Revisited will be on display in the Library gallery through February 18th. The paintings will be taken to the Krakow Jewish Cultural Festival in Poland this summer.

On January 28th at the Library, 14 readers joined historian Dr. David Meyer for a discussion of Elie Wiesel’s memoir of Auschwitz, Night, one of the foundational works of Holocaust literature.

Throughout all the commemorative events, the declaration “Never Again” emerged as the over-arching theme of the proceedings, with President Campo articulating what must be the end-purpose of all education about the Holocaust: “We will ever remain vigilant, and I stand in the tradition that says ‘never again.’”

C-SPAN tapes Dr. Robertson discussing his new book at Library

Dr. Robertson advises performing "plastic surgery" on more than two credit cards.
Dr. Robertson advises performing "plastic surgery" on more than two credit cards.
Written by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian

On June 17, the Library hosted C-SPAN and Chancellor Robertson for a book discussion of his latest (19th) book, Right on the Money: Financial Advice for Tough Times. About 160 people came to hear Dr. Robertson explain the roots of the global recession and the practical steps everyone can take to protect their finances in good and lean years.

Dr. Robertson began his talk with an overview of the events leading the near-collapse of the banking system last fall. The roots of the crisis lay in greed-the lust to have it now. It is this definition that explains equally the high-risk behavior of formerly conservative investment houses and average Americans who bought houses they could not afford.

Americans, Dr. Robertson writes in the book’s introduction, need a refresher course in planning for the future instead of living for the moment. As the Book of Proverbs puts it, “The plans of the diligent surely lead to advantage. But everyone who is hasty comes assuredly to poverty.” It is for readers who desire put this timeless wisdom into practice that Dr. Robertson wrote his book.

According to one study, money is responsible for 50 percent of marital discord, making it all the more imperative for couples to put their financial house in order. In his prepared remarks and in the Q & A session that followed Dr. Robertson outlined some of the fundamental lessons of his book, including:

  • The necessity of making and sticking to a household budget.
  • Holding no more than two credit cards and paying off the principal(s) each month.
  • The advantages of husbands and wives holding separate bank and investment accounts.
  • Investing in a balanced portfolio and purchasing the right kind of life and property insurance.
  • Understanding the power of compound interest-“the eighth wonder of the world.”

While massive levels of federal spending will almost assuredly bring on high inflation, Dr. Robertson said that including assets like commodities and gold (five to ten percent) in a diversified portfolio can help protect one’s wealth from the cruelest tax. (Chapter 10 of Right on the Money gives more advice for inflation-era investing.)

Finally, Dr. Robertson emphasized the importance of making generous giving a fixed monthly expense in order to have for oneself God’s promise in the book of Deuteronomy: “Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each…so that the Lord may bless you in all the works of your hands.”
Dr. Robertson’s book talk aired on C-SPAN’s BookTV over the weekend. The first part can now be viewed on BookTV’s channel on YouTube.