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Plattsburgh State holds 11th Annual Commemoration of Victims of the Holocaust Monday, April 19

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh will observe its 11th annual commemoration of victims of the Holocaust on Monday, April 19 with two events. 

The first event on Monday is a brief public memorial ceremony, which will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Holocaust Memorial Shrine in the Feinberg Library.

The second event features Dr. Vladimir Munk, professor emeritus of biology at Plattsburgh State, who will speak about surviving Nazi terror and enslavement at the Theresienstadt and Auschwitz concentration camps. The program begins at 7:30 on Monday in the Hyman and Frances Krinovitz Recital Hall in Hawkins Hall. His presentation is free and open to the public.

While still a teenager growing up in Czechoslovakia, Munk saw the Nazis conquer his country. Along with Czechoslovakia's Jews, he was forced into slavery, first at Theresienstadt and then at Auschwitz, two of the more than 300 Nazi work and death camps operated during World War II.

Many members of his family and friends were killed in the camps. During the six-year period Munk endured and survived in the camps, millions of Europe's Jews, Gypsies, communists, gays, lesbians, those physically and mentally handicapped and many others despised by the Nazis, did not.

His lecture is sponsored by the Department of History, the Feinberg Library and Temple Beth Israel in Plattsburgh.

For further details, contact Dr. Douglas Skopp, distinguished teaching professor of history, at 518-564-5218.

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