Holocaust Remembrance at Chapman University

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In honor of today's Holocaust Remembrance Day, Holocaust History minors from the class of 2011 at Chapman University presented a Holocaust Remembrance event titled "Metaphors of Memory: A Witness Through the Arts" sponsored by the Lodzer Organization of California Thursday at 7 p.m.

Holocaust survivors, community members and college students crowded Memorial Hall to remember the history of the Holocaust and honor both those who perished and those who survived the tragedy.


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Lighting of Commemorative Candles

"This evening we remember all those who were targeted for persecution during the Holocaust including some 6 million Jews, 1.5 million of whom were children. We honor those who survived. Memory is both fragile and strong," said Marilyn Harran, Stern Chair and Director of the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education and the Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library.

One hundred Holocaust survivors along with their family and friends, members of the 1939 Club, the Lodzer Organization and other organizations were applauded for their presence. During the event, Cantor Chayim Frenkel paid tribute to Holocaust survivors and those that perished during the Holocaust.

Four Chapman University students put together a documentary film that featured stories told by five Holocaust survivors. The main theme of the piece was relationships and how they are the strings that weave people together. After each filmed segment, students on stage performed interpretive dances while using their hand motions to sway to the rhythm of a live musical ensemble that included clarinet, cello and violins.

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Chapman students tell the survivors' stories through interpretive dance.
The documentary also expressed how relationships both torn apart or strengthened. Leon Weinstein had to give his daughter, Natasha away. He disguised his daughter's Jewish identity for her safety. In 1945, Weinstein desperately started the search for his daughter. He was eventually reunited with Natasha, whose full name is now Natalie Weinstein Gold

The next survivor in the documentary was Max Webb, who was sent to Auschwitz in 1943, where he met a man named Nathan who became like a brother to him.

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Chapman University students
The documentary then shifted briefly to Weinstein Gold's perspective on her story, and from there to a story of a forced marriage and then finally, a love marriage.

In August 1942, Isabelle Szneer was forced to marry a Belgian citizen in order to avoid being deported. She was only 18 years old and the man she was going to marry was 82 years old.  Isabelle is forever indebted to the man for saving her even though the marriage was later annulled. Years later, Isabelle had the strength to marry again, this time for love. She met Cantor Leopold Szneer, who made it through the Nazi camps but lost many of his loved ones in the Holocaust. They've been together for 64 years.

"The Holocaust took away so many people from my family, including both my parents," said Leopold Szneer after the event.

After the documentary, music and dance, the students thanked all of the survivors including the support they received in creating the year-long project.

Rabbi Heidi Cohen from Temple Beth Sholom of Santa Ana asked survivors and the president and member of the 1939 club to light the six commemorative candles. "This single flame provides more than light to guide our way. It provides light to allow us a glimpse at ourselves. At our history. And our future."

Rev. Nancy Brink, Director of Church Relations at Chapman University, then made closing reflections to end the event.


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Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

wow you guys are seriously fucked up. As I recall when i went on the tour of the Simon Weisenthal (spelling) Center when I was a student at SAc, they have an in house think tank and group that tracks all forms of Holocausts in the world. Including the millions killed by Stalin, and the Armenian Genocide, and the genocide in Darfur as well as many others. True the Holocaust on the Jews by Hitler is the most notable and remembered event in way of events such as this but WTF does it matter? As far as I know each event like this that I have attended, there is always a portion of the program dedicated to more contemporary holocausts and genocides since Hitler and Stalin.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

@ paul.. yeah you're right, there are countless movies on the armenian genocide, the cambodian genocide and darfur, right? the jews throw a bone in their museum to the other genocides, but yet they dont make any movies about them? i aint buying it

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

well when did it become the responsibility of the State of isreal or the Jewish people all over the world to produce movies about those events? Ive been an activists for decades and I can assure you that every human rights group or related organization I have encountered have always been readily represented by stafff volunteers and activists who are Jewish.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Quit trying to confuse me facts! I've made up my own and my mind is made up! Sheesh. Arguing with a holocauster denier is as effective as yelling down a well except less cathartic.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

thank god my children's generation does not have to deal with these countless self congratulating holocaust rememberances.. the jews, as usual, are overdoing it again...

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Wow, you just don't hate Mexicans? You have children? Man, are they going to grow up screwed in the head...

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

shilling for your jew masters? dont forget to wipe your mouth after you kiss their ass

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Paul: Don't bother with these anti-Semitic dipshits.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

wow you guys are seriously fucked up. As I recall when i went on the tour of the Simon Weisenthal (spelling) Center when I was a student at SAc, they have an in house think tank and group that tracks all forms of Holocausts in the world. Including the millions killed by Stalin, and the Armenian Genocide, and the genocide in Darfur as well as many others. True the Holocaust on the Jews by Hitler is the most notable and remembered event in way of events such as this but WTF does it matter? As far as I know each event like this that I have attended, there is always a portion of the program dedicated to more contemporary holocausts and genocides since Hitler and Stalin.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

lol @ gustavo.. such anger!! i dont see this even when i disparage the mexicans.... i guess green is more important brown, right? or are you a wannabe jew? i guess as a "journalist" it pays to be nice to them people, huh?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

"Jew masters"? Um, my bosses are drunk micks, but gracias for further confirming your vile nature!

The guest that wouldn't leave
The guest that wouldn't leave

Which holocaust?The Soviet holocaust of **15 million** Christian farmers? Sudan? South/Central America in the 80s? So many to choose from.... oh wait, it is the one from the first half of last century that gets all the attention. A whole "6 million" wiped out.And, from that holocaust, it seems like I should only remember the Jews that were persecuted. Don't think about the others who were enslaved and butchered by the Nazi regime: gays, political dissidents, handicapped, various unpopular Christian groups.. the list goes on.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Man, your comments get more ludicrous with each telling--what's with the scare quotes around the figure of the dead?

The guest that wouldn't leave
The guest that wouldn't leave

I call them emphasis quotes, thank you very much.

I guess Jews are more important to you than gays, handicapped, and people on the political fringe?Gee, I wonder what the Nazis would've done to you? Oh, wait, you would've been fine, your not Jewish. The Nazis never would've gassed a journalist who didn't goose step in line with the party. Right?

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