Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2004: Facing Prejudice
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at Hebrew Union College - Jewish
Institute for Religion announces its 4th Annual Holocaust Awareness Weeks from
April 15 - June 2004. Holocaust Awareness Weeks is a community outreach event
bringing a lecture series and artistic programs across the Greater Cincinnati
region through collaboration with 50 diverse local institutions, universities,
and museums. Each year, The Center invites international scholars and artists
to engage in public discussion about lessons from the Holocaust.
Facing Prejudice is the theme for Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2004. Facing Prejudice
focuses on the realization that a technologically advanced, highly educated
and cultured society became perpetrators of prejudice and bigotry. Nazi Germany's
academics and professionals misused and abused their knowledge to foster hate,
contaminating the arts, sciences, and humanities. Facing Prejudice explores
different aspects of Nazism that labeled art and music as "degenerate,"
excluded and eliminated the disabled through eugenics programs and so-called
"euthanasia," developed a "Ministry of Propaganda" that
specialized in Hate Speech, destroyed all medical ethics by human experimentation
and mass sterilization, and every workplace and profession.
How can these lessons from the Holocaust teach today's home, school, and workplace
to eliminate prejudice from their midst? Facing Prejudice challenges society
and if taken seriously, can transform it.
Richard Weiland, chairman of the board of the Holocaust Center, announced that
Paul and Cynthia Booth and Lynne and Robert Kanter will serve as honorary co-chairs
for Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2004 because of their commitment to promoting
tolerance and equality throughout the community.
The lecture series presents speakers exploring prejudices within professions
and how these professions contributed to the Holocaust. The series is made possible
through a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council. Speakers include:
- Edwin Black, Washington-based independent scholar and author of War Against
the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race.
- Prof. Robert Van Pelt, Canadian scholar and expert witness in the David
Irving Holocaust Denial case.
- Dr. David Culbert, of Louisiana State University and a scholar on the history
of Nazi filmmakers and propaganda, and many more.
Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2004 also features innovative programming in the
arts. The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra presents War and Remembrance, the regional
premiere of Symphony No. 3 by Gorecki, sung with prayers found written on a
Nazi prison wall and Survivor from Warsaw by Schoenberg.
The programming will culminate with two events in June: A multimedia concert
performed by the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music at
the Cincinnati Art Museum called Forbidden Sights and Sounds: Nazi Suppression
of Art and Culture and the unveiling of an original exhibit designed by the
Holocaust Center and the DAAP Graphic Design Department at University of Cincinnati
called Facing Prejudice From Within. This major portable exhibit will tour campuses
and other public spaces around Ohio and the USA. Grants from the Ohio Humanities
Council and Procter and Gamble helped facilitate this major programming initiative.
All events are open to the public. For more information about Facing Prejudice
or for a complete listing of events, please contact Dr. Racelle Weiman, Director
of the Center, at 513-221-1875 ext. 355 or visit the website www.holocaustandhumanity.org.
The powerful appeal from Dr. Haim Ginott, a much-loved child psychologist and
author, is the programming tag line for Facing Prejudice: " I am a survivor
of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no person should witness: gas chambers
built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants
killed by trained nurses. Women and babies shot by high school and college graduates.
So, I am suspicious of education. My request is: help our children become human."
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education is an educational and community
resource center at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
It offers workshops, professional training seminars, graduate courses, and development
of original curriculum. Teaching Holocaust studies from academic and theological
perspectives, the Center promotes tolerance and social justice in a broad range
of civic and cultural concerns.