“Evil does not need your help; only your indifference.”
—Hanns Loewenbach (1915-2012)
On Monday, January 28th, Regent University and the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater will observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a multimedia presentation, What We Carry, a documentary based on interviews with four Holocaust survivors from the Hampton Roads area.
What We Carry is an educational program for classrooms, museums and community outlets. It was created to preserve personal testaments from Holocaust survivors for future generations. In the words of the program’s creators: “First person accounts are the heart and soul of the unimaginable tragedy that is the Holocaust. To look into somebody’s eyes as they are recounting inconceivable degradation and horror is unforgettable. But what happens when survivors are no longer alive to share their stories? Who will teach the lessons of the Holocaust to future generations so that truth can continue, questions can be asked, and history cannot be rewritten?”
Monday’s presentation will focus on interviews with Hanns Loewenbach, who died last January at the age of 96. The program will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 in the Library Auditorium. A reception will follow. Please consider joining us for this important event.
For more information, visit the What We Carry website or visit the links on the Library’s What We Carry webpage.
January 27th is the anniversary of the liberation of 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, the Library will mark this solemn day with a Remembrance Service and the world premier of “The Auschwitz Album Revisited,” an exhibition of oil paintings by artist Pat Mercer Hutchens. The paintings in the exhibit were inspired by the Auschwitz Album, “the only surviving visual evidence of the process of mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau.” The paintings will be on public display in the Library Gallery from January 23 through February 6 before being taken to the Krakow Jewish Cultural Festival in Poland.
The Remembrance Service and exhibition opening will begin in the Library Auditorium at 6:30 PM and conclude with a viewing of the paintings in the Library Gallery. A number of distinguished guests will speak, including Dr. Hutchens, cantor Ron Wexler, Rabbi Israel Zoberman, and Holocaust survivor David Katz. University Chancellor Pat Robertson and President Campo will also speak. The event will conclude with a reception and fellowship.
For more information on the Remembrance Day Service and events, including links to speaker biographies, see http:www.regent.eduNEVER-AGAIN.
The Library also encourages the Regent community to participate in this year’s Winter Common Read. Several of the Schools, as well as the Library Book Club will be reading and discussing Night, Ellie Wiesel’s memoir of Auschwitz. To receive notification of the time and date for the Book Club discussion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image credit: Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority. http:www.yadvashem.org.