Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Colorado State University Observes 17th Annual Holocaust Awareness Week March 1-8

What/When: Students for Holocaust Awareness, in conjunction with ASCSU, Chabad and Hillel, presents the 17th annual Holocaust Awareness Week at Colorado State University March 1-8.


A Field of Flags ceremony will begin March 1 and run through March 8 on the Lory Student Center Plaza. The flags represent the different groups murdered during the Holocaust, with each flag representing 5,000 victims.

A Litany of Martyrs will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Sunken Lounge of the Lory Student Center. During this time, volunteers take turns reading names of Jewish victims of the Holocaust. "The Dead Weight of Complacency," an exhibit provided by the Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness and Action and Mizel Museum in Denver, will be available during the readings. The exhibit reflects upon the definition of genocide, outlines the stages of genocide and displays a timeline of genocides that have occurred over history.

Renate Justin, a survivor of the Holocaust, will share her story of survival beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the LSC Theatre. Justin, who has practiced family medicine for 50 years, has received recognition for having written numerous articles recounting her life achievements and personal history. Her latest book, "The last time I felt safe," recounts her experiences with anti-Semitism during the Holocaust in Nazi Germany and then later in America.

On Wednesday, March 6, Students for Holocaust Awareness will join Women at Noon to host Ilan Levy, a Fort Collins resident whose father and mother were both survivors of the Holocaust. Levy will talk about his life and his family’s struggle to survive the Holocaust at noon in Lory Student Center Room 220.

That evening, Deborah Lipstadt will discuss anti-Semitism on American campuses. Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history at Emory, has won numerous awards for her books about Holocaust denial. Lipstadt also was a historical consultant for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and helped design the section of the museum dedicated to the American response to the Holocaust. She was appointed by President Clinton to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council on which she served two terms. From 1996-1999, Lipstadt served as a member of the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad, where she helped advise Secretary of State Madeline Albright. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Behavioral Sciences Building Room 131.


To learn more, contact Kayla Green at (970) 491-7099 or