The annual Jacksonville State University Holocaust Remembrance will be held April 15, 2010 at 7:30 p.m., Stone Center Theater, Jacksonville State University. Keynote speaker will be Holocaust survivor Benjamin Hirsch. Mr. Hirsch escaped from Germany to France with four of his siblings in a Kindersport rescue for Jewish children, eventually sailing to safety in America. He and two of his sisters arrived in New York on September 1, 1941 and were sent to Atlanta, joining two brothers who were already placed in foster homes there. Mr. Hirsch’s father was killed by the Nazis in 1942, and his mother and younger brother and sister were seen entering the gas chamber in Auschwitz in 1943. Mr. Hirsch served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, and is the author of Hearing a Different Drummer: A Holocaust Survivor’s Search for Identity and Home is Where You Find it: A Memoir. He is an architect and frequent speaker at The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. (http://www.thebreman.org/)

The Holocaust Remembrance began in 1982 as a project of the JSU Wesley Foundation. Over the years, attendance at the event has grown from a short event attended by 25 people to the current annual programs which often have an attendance of several hundred from the campus and surrounding communities. The annual Holocaust Remembrance is made possible by the JSU Holocaust Remembrance committee in cooperation with the JSU Student Government Association. Faculty, students, and community members participate in order to remember Holocaust victims and in the hope that, through education, an event such as the Holocaust can be prevented from ever happening again.

For more information, please see the Remembrance Committee’s website, http://www.jsu.edu/holocaust.