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Days of Remembrance Event to Commemorate the Holocaust

The Holocaust must not be forgotten, according to Dr. Jonathan Slater

“The Holocaust is inescapable because it needs to be inescapable,” said the associate professor of journalism and public relations at SUNY Plattsburgh and coordinator of the college’s annual Days of Remembrance Holocaust commemoration.

Titled “The Inescapable Legacy of the Holocaust,” this year’s event will take place Thursday, April 24, at 5 p.m. in the Douglas and Evelyne Skopp Holocaust Memorial Gallery in Feinberg Library.

The program will be particularly special, Slater said.

Student actors will perform two scenes from “A Bright Room Called Day.” This Tony Kushner play about the years leading up to the Holocaust was recently presented on campus, under the direction of Kim Hartshorn, chair of the theater department.

Meanwhile, Dr. Freda Ginsberg, assistant professor in the Department of Counselor Education, will be the keynote speaker.

“Dr. Ginsberg will address the question of how to incorporate the Holocaust into your being,” Slater said.

Rachel Gallagher, president of SUNY Plattsburgh Hillel will also speak, and Rabbi Kari Tuling of Temple Beth Israel will offer a reflection.

“It’s worthwhile to commemorate the Holocaust because it was the largest crime in history,” Dr. Slater said. “We have to learn from that.”

Days of Remembrance was inaugurated more than 20 years ago by college historian and retired history professor Douglas Skopp, a Holocaust expert whose 451-page novel, “Shadows Walking,” is now taught in high school and college classes. The Holocaust Memorial Gallery was named for him and his wife in fall 2012.

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