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W&L Observes Holocaust Remembrance Week, April 30-May 9

Holocaust Remembrance Week will be observed at Washington and Lee University with a talk by a Holocaust survivor and various other activities from Tuesday, April 30 through Thursday, May 9.

Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1: Members of W&L’s chapter of Hillel will Stand Against Genocide. They will be manning tables from in the University Commons from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with informational posters and pamphlets about the Holocaust and current genocides. Members of the University community can sign a pledge stating they will not be silent about any ethnic cleansing attempts.

Wednesday, May 1: Marcel Drimer will share his experiences as a Holocaust survivor in a talk at 6:30 p.m. at Hillel. Born in Drohobycz, Poland, a small town which is now part of western Ukraine, Drimer was 7 years old when the German army entered Drohobycz and began persecuting Jews.  Drimer said, “We could hear the Germans shouting, the dogs barking, people screaming, shots. My sister and I call that the ‘concert of death.'”

Sunday, May 5: A bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. to the Holocaust Museum where there will be a self-guided tour and a few hours afterwards to experience Washington. The bus will leave Washington around 7:30 p.m. to return to Lexington. The RSVP deadline is Wednesday, May 1. Spaces are first come, first serve, and there is no cost to W&L students, although they should bring money for food. Those interested should contact Brett Schwartz at bschwartz@wlu.edu.

Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9: Members of Hillel will again Stand Against Genocide from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Commons.

Thursday, May 9: A Holocaust Vigil will be held in the Hillel House at 7 p.m., featuring music and readings to remember the six million.

The Holocaust Remembrance Week activities are sponsored by W&L Hillel, The Fela and David Shapell Foundation and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

News Contact:
Julie Cline
News Writer