Saturday, April 06, 2002

Center to present Holocaust program

By Kristina Goetz,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A two-week series beginning Sunday will recognize individuals and nations as “Role Models from the Holocaust.”

        The second annual Holocaust Awareness Weeks program is presented by the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at Hebrew Union College-Institute of Religion.

        Organizers hope it will give Cincinnati citizens something to reflect on.

        “It takes a community to push forward and do something good,” said Racelle Weiman, the center's director.

        Through art, film, lectures, music and educational programs, the series will bring to life stories of courage during one of the darkest periods in recent world history.

        The project will have particular importance in Cincinnati, Ms. Weiman said, because it focuses on people and entire communities that had the courage to fight racism.

        This year's event, which will run from April 7-21, will begin Sunday with a day of recognition honoring Bulgaria and Denmark, two countries that saved the lives of Jewish citizens from Nazi persecution.

        Among other Bulgarian dignitaries, Prince Karl-Boris Leiningen and Princess Cheryl Leiningen will represent the country in a ceremony at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

        U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel, co-chair of the event, will discuss Bulgaria's effort to save thousands of its Jewish citizens.

        Despite harsh anti-Jewish laws that were in effect in the country, Bulgarian leaders and average citizens worked to prevent Jews from being deported.

        “It's just remarkable what the Bulgarians did,” Judge Spiegel said.

        Author Michael Bar-Zohar, a historian and former member of the Israeli Parliament, will retell that story as part of the week's events. He recounted the tale in a book called Beyond Hitler's Grasp.

        For more information about the events, call the center at (513) 221-1875 or check the Web site


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