HONORING BULGARIA AND DENMARK FOR RESCUE
OF JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST
On Sunday, April 7, 2002, The Center for Holocaust and Humanity
Education of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will
honor Bulgaria and Denmark with a formal reception, dinner, and
program at the Omni Netherland Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati beginning
at 6:00 pm. These two countries remarkably saved their Jewish citizens
from Nazi persecution and this special evening will pay tribute
to the heroism of the peoples of these countries with a culturally
rich program featuring some of the Tri-state's finest performers.
The Cincinnati Arts Association Jazz Quartet will perform during
the cocktail reception. Dinner will begin with the May Festival
Youth Chorus performing a repertoire of Jewish Folk songs including
"Blessed is the Match" based on a poem by Hannah Senesh.
The Northern Kentucky University Choral Singers will be performing
a collection of songs from musical theater that deal with the issues
of racism and bigotry. And, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will
close the evening with Bulgarian-Jewish dances, the story of Danish
people risking their lives to provide minorities a protected home,
and the theme from Schindler's List.
Dinner guests will hear from His Serene Highness, Prince Karl-Boris
Leiningen of Bulgaria. The Honorable Hristo Danov, Chief Justice,
Constitutional Court of Bulgaria; the Honorable Elena Poptodorova,
Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States; and, the Honorable
Ulrik Federspiel, Ambassador of Denmark to the United States will
also be present at the dinner.
The dinner, part of the "Day of Recognition" honoring Bulgaria
and Denmark, opens two weeks of Holocaust
Awareness Weeks 2002 programming in the Greater Cincinnati
and Northern Kentucky areas. Carole Tyler Rigaud and Mary Hemmer
are the co-chairs of the "Day of Recognition." Ms. Rigaud,
a board member of The Center for Holocaust and Humanity
Education, is a committed community activist serving on a number
of boards including the Free Store/Food Bank, Advocates for Youth,
and the May Festival. Ms. Hemmer, Managing Partner of Hemmer Communities,
is a board member of the Kentucky Humanities Council.
The Honorable S. Arthur and Louise Spiegel and the Honorable Nathaniel
and Lillian Jones have been chosen as the honorary co-chairs of
Holocaust Awareness Weeks 2002 because of their tireless
efforts in service to the community for over half a century.
In addition to the dinner, the "Day of Recognition" honoring
Bulgaria and Denmark will include a public ceremony at the Cincinnati
Art Museum where representatives from these two countries will receive
honors. Throughout the day, a series of documentary films testifying
to the heroism of these two countries will be shown in the auditorium
of the Cincinnati Art Museum. And, two related art exhibitions will
be on display at locations around the city. Prize-winning artist
will display paintings and prints at the HUC-JIR Skirball Museum
and the photography of Judy Ellis Glickman, Fellow of the Royal
Photographic Society of Great Britain, will be on display at the
Cincinnati Public Library downtown.
"Role Models from the Holocaust" is the theme for the Second
Annual Holocaust Awareness Weeks to be held from April 7 to April
21, 2002. Two weeks of lectures, exhibits, films, and cultural events
are offered to the public. Area bookstores and public libraries
will feature exhibits and book signings and the Cincinnati Film
Society will host film viewings across the Cincinnati and Northern
Kentucky area. A series of speakers will give presentations and
lead discussions in universities and high schools.
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education
is an education and community resource center established by The
Combined Generations of the Holocaust of Greater Cincinnati and
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The Center offers
workshops, professional training seminars, and graduate courses.
Teaching Holocaust Studies from academic and theological perspectives,
The Center promotes tolerance and social justice in a broad range
of civic and cultural concerns. For dinner reservations or more
information about the "Day of Recognition" call (513) 221-7373.
For more information on Holocaust
Awareness Weeks 2002 or to receive a calendar of events
contact The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education by phone:
(513) 221-1875, ext. 355 or email: CHHE@huc.edu.