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UNI to host annual Holocaust Remembrance events

April 14, 2014
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Stephen Gaies, director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, 319-273-3870, stephen.gaies@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education (CHGE) will host several events in honor of the Days of Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust Wednesday, April 23, through Tuesday, April 29.

Beatrice Muchman, Holocaust survivor and author of "Never to Be Forgotten: A Young Girl's Holocaust Memoir," will present the sixth annual Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, in Sabin Hall, Room 002. Muchman's illustrated talk "Individual Responsibility … Then and Now" will recount her family's fate during the Holocaust - in particular, her years as a "hidden child" - and her path to reclaiming her religious identity. A question and answer session, book signing and reception will follow the lecture.

The acclaimed documentary "Nicky's Family" will be screened at no charge to school groups at 10 a.m., Monday, April 28, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The documentary tells the story of Nicholas Winton, a young British stockbroker who rescued 669 children from Czechoslovakia just before the outbreak of World War II. Schools that would like to send a group of students to this event should contact the CHGE at 319-273-3870 or stephen.gaies@uni.edu.

The eighth annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony in the Cedar Valley will take place at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, in the Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St., Waterloo. The ceremony will feature a poster display, lighting of memorial candles and a musical performance. A screening of "Nicky's Family" will follow at approximately 7 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephen Gaies, director of UNI's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, at 319-273-3870 or stephen.gaies@uni.edu, or visit www.facebook.com/unichge.