Holocaust survivor Zev Kedem, the keynote speaker for Colorado State University’s 12th Annual Holocaust Awareness Week, will present "Schindler’s List: A Survivor Celebrates Life" at 7 p.m. March 5 in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom. The program follows a presentation of Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film "Schindler’s List" at 6:30 p.m. March 4 in the Lory Student Center Theatre.
The theme of this year’s Holocaust Awareness Week, "Whoever Saves One Life, Saves The World Entire," is a quote by Oskar Schindler, the man credited with saving the lives of 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories.
"Zev is truly an inspiration to all of us," said Josh Samet, director of Hillel at Colorado State University. "His strength, determination and amazing story of survival is one that we shall never forget."
When the Nazi’s entered Krakow, Poland, 8-year-old Kedem was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. He endured the unimaginable horrors of six concentrations camps before being liberated at age 11. Kedem is one of the Jews who escaped death by being placed on Schindler’s now-famous list.
After being liberated in 1945, Kedem was sent to live in a British orphanage. He received a degree in engineering from the University of Oxford.
Kedem is a documentary filmmaker who consulted on and appeared in the film "Schindler’s List." He produced the films "Only in Jerusalem" and "The Jerusalem Quartet," which has been translated into four languages and distributed in 60 countries. Kedem is currently writing a novel, "Love in the Holocaust," which focuses on his journey to free himself from tragedy and the survival strategies that he developed as a result of living through the Holocaust.
Holocaust Awareness Week is sponsored by Students for Holocaust Awareness and Hillel. For more information and a complete list of events, contact Hillel at Colorado State University at (970) 491-2080 or refer to the calendar on the Hillel Web site at www.csu.hillelcolorado.org.
All events are free and open to the public. The Associated Students of Colorado State University, Hillel of Colorado and the Association for Student Activity Programming are sponsoring the events.