URI Hillel events planned to honor victims of the Holocaust, April 27-29

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KINGSTON, R. I. — April 18, 2011 — Hillel at the University of Rhode Island will hold several events in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom HaShoah, from Wednesday, April 27-Friday, April 29, 2011.

Students will plant a commemorative “Field of Flags” on the Hammerschlag Mall on the URI Kingston Campus (the walkway between the Multicultural Center and the Library) on April 27 from 12-3 pm. The flags will remain in place until Monday, May 2. Nearly 2,400 small colored flags will be placed in the ground, each representing 5000 victims of the Holocaust. Throughout the afternoon of Wednesday, April 27, students will continually recite the names of victims of the Holocaust.

An exhibit of photos and literature about the Holocaust will be on public display in Atrium 1 in the Memorial Union, 50 Lower College Rd., from April 27 to April 28.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 in Atrium 1 in the Memorial Union, a panel of URI students will speak about their personal connections to the Holocaust and how they are still affected by it.

On Friday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. as part of Hillel’s Friday night service, Holocaust survivor Alice Goldstein will speak at the Norman M. Fain Hillel Center, 6 Fraternity Circle, Kingston, RI.

Goldstein is a retired social researcher in population studies from Brown University. She spent the first eight years of her life in Nazi Germany. Born into a family that had been in Germany for two centuries, she saw the gradual isolation and degradation of her parents and grandparents as the Nazis tightened the scope of Jewish activities. Fortunately, her parents had the foresight to arrange to flee Germany, and they arrived in the United States just one week before the hostilities of World War II began. Goldstein’s presentation seeks some answers to the question of how such atrocities could happen in a modern democratic state and what lessons we can draw from her experiences. Her presentation will be followed by Shabbat dinner at 6:30 pm. Reservations for dinner may be made by calling Hillel at 401-874-2740 or sending an email to hillel@urihillel.org

For more information, please contact Josh Einhorn at josh_einhorn@my.uri.edu or Amy Olson at 874-2740, amyolson@mail.uri.edu.