Holocaust Awareness Week at Colorado State University Highlighted by Theater Production April 4

Holocaust Awareness Week will be observed from April 3-7 at Colorado State University with theatre productions, lectures and a Holocaust survivors panel. As part of the week’s events, Lisa Lipkin, storyteller-in-residence with the Museum of the City of New York, will perform her one-woman show, "What Mother Never Told Me: Reminiscences of a Child of a Holocaust Survivor," at 7 p.m. April 4 in the lower-level Commons area of the Lory Student Center.

Lipkin’s play is based on her experiences growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors combined with stories collected from children of survivors throughout the country. The show reveals the history of fear and mistrust children of survivors have inherited from their parents. Lipkin has performed "What Mother Never Told Me" throughout the United States, Canada, Israel and England.

Lipkin also will be presenting a hands-on workshop that uses imaginative storytelling, dramatic role-playing and improvisation. Participants will explore the Holocaust through inanimate objects and the invention of stories. The workshop runs from 3-4 p.m. April 4 in Room 230, Lory Student Center.

Throughout the week, "Stop Hate" buttons will be distributed in the Sunken Lounge of the Lory Student Center and flags representing different groups murdered in the Holocaust will be on display on the lawn of the Natural Resources Building on campus.

Holocaust Awareness Week events are free and open to the public. Events are funded by Hillel Council of Colorado, Associated Students of Colorado State University, Lory Student Center Governing Board, Distinguished Leaders Program, PAC, Vice President for Student Affairs and The Sturm Family Foundation. For more information, contact Colorado State University Hillel at (970) 491-2080.

The week’s schedule of events follows.

April 3

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lory Student Center Plaza, "Bind Together Against Hate." In 1940, students at the University of Oslo wore paper clips to proclaim, "We bind together against Nazism." Paper clips were eventually banned by the Nazis. Wear a paper clip to bind together against hate.
  • 7 p.m., Main Ballroom, Lory Student Center, Harvard Professor Daniel J. Goldhagen will speak on his controversial best-selling book, "Hitler’s Willing Executioners." Reception and book signing follow.

April 4

  • 12:30-1:45 p.m., Room 230, Lory Student Center, "The Nuremberg Trial." Colorado State Professor Morris Burns will direct students from the Theatre Department in monologues from "The Nuremberg Trial." Vivien Spitz, who was a court reporter for the Nuremberg Trials, will introduce the event based on her own experience. After the scenes, she will help answer questions. Discussion to follow.
  • 3-4 p.m., Room 230, Lory Student Center, "Exploring the Holocaust Through Drama and Storytelling." Lisa Lipkin, a storyteller-in-residence with The Museum of the City of New York, will present a hands-on workshop that takes participants through a unique journey, using imaginative storytelling, dramatic role-playing and improvisation to deal with this difficult subject.
  • 7 p.m., Commons Area, lower level of the Lory Student Center, "What Mother Never Told Me." Lisa Lipkin will perform a one-woman play based on her experiences growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors. Lipkin will combine her personal memories with stories collected from children of survivors throughout the country.

April 5

  • Noon-1 p.m., Room 228, Lory Student Center, "A Conversation with Anne Frank." University Theatre will reenact several scenes from the play, "The Diary of Anne Frank." A question-answer session with the cast, who will remain in character, will follow. The event runs in conjunction with the Women at Noon series.
  • 2-4 p.m., Room 220, Lory Student Center, movie, "Anne Frank Remembered."
  • 7 p.m., East Ballroom, Lory Student Center, Holocaust Survivor’s Panel. Two survivors from Colorado will share their personal stories of the Holocaust.

April 6

  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 230, Lory Student Center, "Prisoners with the Pink Triangles." Marlene Hines, director of the Colorado/Wyoming Project of the Northwest Coalition for Human Dignity, will speak on the treatment of gay men and lesbians by the Nazis, the realities of concentrations camps for homosexuals, the medical experiments performed on gay men and the reality of liberation for homosexuals. Cosponsored by SOGLB and GLBT Student Services.
  • 7 p.m., DC Bottoms, Durrell Center, "Life is Beautiful." This Academy Award-winning film tells the touching story of one man’s journey through joy, love, hatred and triumph during the Nazi occupation of Italy.

April 7

  • 1-2 p.m., Art Lounge, Lory Student Center, Memorial Service.
  • Captivating service to remember victims of the Holocaust with readings, songs, candles and prayers.

Throughout the Week

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 3, 4, 5 and 6 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 7, Sunken Lounge, Lory Student Center, Litany of the Martyrs. Reading of the names of some of those murdered in the Holocaust.