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William Jewell to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
March 29, 2010

William Jewell College will observe Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a special two-week photographic exhibit and a chapel service on the College campus in Liberty, Mo. Both are free and open to the public.

“This year marks the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II and the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps,” said Dr. Andy Pratt, Dean of the Chapel. “The college community is pleased to join with members of the larger Kansas City community for this sacred observance.”

The photographic exhibit, “Portrait 2000,” will be on display in Curry Library April 1-16. The exhibit, on loan from the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, consists of fifty black-and-white photographs and narrative profiles of Holocaust refugees and survivors from the Greater Kansas City area. This exhibit focuses on pre-war and post-war experiences rather than the atrocities of the Holocaust. Dr. Fran Sternberg, Director of University Programs and Adult Education at MCHE, describes “Portrait 2000” as “allowing all of us to reclaim an era that affects more than just Holocaust survivors and their descendents and to connect personally with those who lived through it, teaching us about this inspiring immigrant group and their contributions to their adopted American community.” For more information on the “Portrait 2000” exhibit, go to http://www.mchekc.org/

On Wednesday, April 14, the College’s weekly chapel program will be devoted to the Yom HaShoah observance. Students from professor of history Dr. Thomas Howell’s course, “World War II and the Holocaust,” will present selected biographical vignettes of persons included in the “Portrait 2000” exhibit. Music for the Chapel is presented by William Jewell College alumnus James Murray and Nicole Murray, director of the Lydia Lovan Community School of Music at William Jewell, and by Dr. Ann Marie Rigler, associate professor of music and college organist, and violinist Eric Williams. The Chapel program is at 10:15 a.m. in John Gano Memorial Chapel.

For more information, contact Dr. Andy Pratt at 816-415-7556 or pratta AT william.jewell DOT edu

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.

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