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CCU to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 1, 2010

Coastal Carolina University is organizing a Holocaust Memorial Walk on campus to remember victims of genocides. The first event of its kind on campus is being sponsored by CCU's Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values in conjunction with Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) on Monday, April 12.

The silent walk will begin at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Commons dining facility on campus and proceed to the CINO Grille Deck. The event is open to the public, and community participation is welcomed.

Our human history is illuminated by great accomplishments and acts of courageand stained with the bloodshed of horrific acts of brutality, said Yoav Wachsman, associate professor of economics and the primary organizer of the event. The silent march across campus is a simple but meaningful way to honor the more than 11 million people who died at the hands of the Nazis and the millions more who have died in other acts of genocide.

Black armbands will be given out at the walk to wear as an act of remembrance. Armbands will also be available at Kimbel Library and at the Jackson Center. The armband project is being organized by Helaine Cohn, program coordinator in the Wall College of Business, and Steven Bleicher, associate professor of visual arts.

CCU will also host a screening of The Pianist, the 2006 film featuring an Academy Award-winning performance by Adrien Brody, on Monday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wall Auditorium on campus. The film, about a Jewish concert pianist who survives the Warsaw Ghetto, is free and open to the public. After the screening, graduate students from an upper level English class called Representations of the Holocaust will lead a discussion of the film, according to Jill Sessoms, professor of English and instructor of the course.

During the week of April 11 to 18, which has been designated National Days of Remembrance by the U.S. Holocaust Museum, CCUs Kimbel Library will exhibit a display of posters, media and books about the Holocaust organized by Sessoms and assistant librarian John Watts.

For more information, contact the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values at 843-349-4149.