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Holocaust Program Complements Temple Sesquicentennial

SUNY Plattsburgh will host its annual Days of Remembrance program commemorating the Holocaust Thursday, April 19, beginning at 5 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 1 Bowman St., Plattsburgh.

The commemoration, which coincides with the temple’s 150th anniversary celebration, will be followed by a 6 p.m. religious service.

“The theme of this year’s remembrance is ‘Voices of the Holocaust,’ which will be underscored by two special presentations — ‘Voices of Hate: Radio’s Role in the Holocaust’ by Scott Henkel, and ‘Silenced Voices: The Murdered Children of France,’ performed by Tess Buscema and company,” said Dr. Jonathan Slater, associate professor of public relations in the Center for Communication and Journalism. Both Henkel and Buscema are students at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Slater will introduce the event, which will also include comments by Victoria Habermann, president of SUNY Plattsburgh Hillel, and Rabbi Emma Gottlieb of Temple Beth Israel.

The second Douglas R. Skopp Creative Competition on the Theme of the Holocaust will be open for submissions throughout the first part of the fall 2012 semester. Students in all disciplines are invited to submit their original work to a jury of college faculty and community members who will announce the winners at the beginning of the spring 2013 semester, marking the observance of the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the end of January.

The Days of Remembrance program is free and open to the public.

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