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SUNY Plattsburgh Schedules Holocaust Remembrance Events

Tony Kushner’s play, “A Bright Room Called Day,” about a group of friends caught up in events during the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis, kicks off this year’s Holocaust Observance at SUNY Plattsburgh.

The piece, directed by Kim Hartshorn, opens Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building. Additional performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m.

Also on Thursday, March 6, the two winners of the third annual Douglas R. Scopp Creative Competition on the Holocaust will be revealed. The two winners receive $100 each.

“The competition gives students an active role in commemorating the Holocaust,” said Dr. Jonathan Slater, associate professor of public relations in the Department of Public Relations and Journalism.

The Holocaust commemoration continues with a Holocaust survivor speaking at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in the Warren Ballrooms, Angell College Center. The name of the speaker has yet to be released.

And on Thursday, April 24 in the Skopp Holocaust Memorial Gallery. Dr. Freda Ginsberg, a member of SUNY Plattsburgh counseling faculty, will be presenting “The Inescapable Legacy of the Holocaust,” beginning at 5 p.m.

“This is a vital educational and community event for SUNY Plattsburgh. It is exceedingly important that we recall the historical and moral tragedy that was the Holocaust,” Slater said.

This year’s remembrance will be centered on the impact of the Holocaust and marks the 69th anniversary of the start of World War II.

Tickets for “A Bright Room Called Day” are available at the Angell College Center desk for $10 general public, $8 SUNY Plattsburgh faculty, staff, seniors and students, and $2 for SUNY Plattsburgh students. The March 6 performance tickets are a buy-one-get-one-free special and can be purchased at the door only.

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