Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity- Survival Celebrated at CSU’s 13th Annual Holocaust Awareness Week March 2-6

Students for Holocaust Awareness and Hillel present the 13th Annual Holocaust Awareness Week at Colorado State University March 2-6.


February 27 – March 6 – CSU Holocaust Awareness Week events in the Lory Student Center and Lory Student Center Plaza


Friday, February 27 – Field of Flags ceremony, 3:30 p.m., Lory Student Center Plaza

Students and other community members are invited to help place the flags, which will stay on display during the week. Each colored flag represent a different group murdered during the Holocaust, with each flag representing 5,000 victims.

Friday, February 27 – Friday, March 6 – Shoe Project

The Holocaust Shoe Project was started by a second generation Holocaust survivor, Alan Morawiec. Last year thousands of shoes were collected during the week and distributed to various shelters. Shoes will be collected at all Holocaust Awareness Week events at CSU.

Monday, March 2, Wednesday March 4, Friday March 6 – Litany of Martyrs, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lory Student Center Sunken Lounge

During this time, volunteers will take turns reading names of those who died during the Holocaust. Community members are welcome to volunteer for this event.

Monday, March 2 – Survivors’ Panel, 7 p.m., Lory Student Center Main Ballroom  

Two Holocaust survivors will share their stories during the annual Survivors Panel. Walter Plywaski and Doris Fedrid will each share their personal stories of survival. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow.

Tuesday, March 3 – Meet and Greet with Holocaust survivor Doris Fedrid, noon, Lory Student Center Rooms 213-215

During World War II, Fedrid’s family lived in the Tarnopul ghetto for two years. She and her parents worked in a Nazi labor camp where her mother’s responsibility was to wash and sew the Nazi uniforms. The Fedrid family escaped the ghetto by hiding in a non-Jew’s barn for many nights.

Tuesday, March 3 – Film Viewing: "Life is Beautiful," 7 p.m., Lory Student Center Theater

"Life Is Beautiful" (Italian: La vita ? bella) is a 1997 Italian language film which tells the story of a Jewish Italian, Guido Orefice, played by Roberto Benigni, who also directed and co-wrote the film, who must learn how to use his imagination to help his son survive their internment in a Nazi concentration camp.

Wednesday, March 4 – Professor Daniel Goldhagen Presentation, 7 p.m., Lory Student Center Theater

Professor Daniel Goldhagen is the author of the national bestseller "Hitler’s Willing Executioners."  Goldhagen’s book began as his Harvard doctoral dissertation and discusses the presence of anti-Semitism in pre-Nazi German culture and possible perpetrator motives. Goldhagen is an American political scientist and former associate professor of political science and social studies at Harvard University. As the son of a retired Harvard professor and Holocaust survivor, Erich Goldhagen, Daniel had an interest in the origins of the Holocaust from a young age. Goldhagen acknowledges his father for laying the groundwork of intellectual discussion on the subject.  A book signing will follow the presentation.

Thursday, March 5 – Ron Sladek Presentation, noon, Lory Student Center Rooms 203-205

Speaker Ron Sladek, historian and son and grandson of Holocaust survivors, will give an interactive presentation on the impacts of the Holocaust on his family.

Thursday, March 5 – Scott Wisor Presentation, 7 p.m., Lory Student Center Cherokee Ballroom

Scott Wisor, a genocide opponent, will discuss current countries affected by genocide.

Friday, March 6 – Memorial Service, 12 p.m., Lory Student Center Theater Lobby

Names of the victims who perished in the Holocaust will be read at noon on Friday, March 6, marking the end of Holocaust Awareness Week. Eleven million names will have been read over the week. A candle lit memorial service in the Lory Student Center Lobby will honor all victims of genocide.

Josh Samet, Hillel Campus Director at CSU, will lead the ceremony. Members from Students for Holocaust Awareness, Hillel, ASAP, and ASCSU will participate.  The public and CSU community are encouraged to attend to reflect on the week. During the observance participants can share their thoughts about the Holocaust, as well as opinions on current genocide issues and prevention. The memorial service will close with a reading of poems, songs and prayers.


For more information and a complete list of events, contact Josh Samet, Hillel campus director at Colorado State University at (970) 224-4246 or visit the Web site