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Holocaust Remembrance Activities: April 7 and April 9

Holocaust Remembrance will be observed at Washington and Lee University with a talk by a Holocaust survivor and the screening of a film set during World War II.

On April 7, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Hillel Multipurpose Room, Holocaust Survivor Dr. Roger Loria will share his story.

Loria came to the U.S. in 1964 and earned his degree in medical sciences in 1972 from Boston University. In 1973, he joined the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) at Virginia Commonwealth University and spent his career instructing students and researching solutions for immunological problems in response to his early experience as a child during the Holocaust.

His laboratory at MCV discovered several hormones which function in upregulation of host resistance against lethal viral and bacterial infections, as well as protection against lethal radiation injury and cancer.

The second event is on April 9, from 7-8:30 p.m., in the Hillel Multipurpose Room and is a screening of the film “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.”

Set during World War II, this is a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the 8-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.

This talk and film are part of a series of programming for Holocaust Remembrance (Yom HaShoah) at W&L Hillel. Contact hillel@wlu.edu, 540-458-8443 or visit wlu.edu/hillel/events-programs-and-activities for more information.