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College to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Connecticut College Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Hillel and the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut invite the community to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Thursday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. In addition to readings that pay tribute to the six million victims of the Holocaust, the event will also include a screening of a documentary, "Imaginary Witness, Hollywood and the Holocaust." The award-winning film includes rare newsreel footage, interviews with prominent filmmakers and gripping clips from more than 40 films in order to depict the compelling stories of this horrendous period. The New York Times called the film "a devastating, impressively reflective documentary." "Clearly, the Holocaust has had a profound effect on humankind. It has been a major topic of 20th and 21st century literature, art and philosophy, as well as film," said Rabbi Aaron Rosenberg, a chaplain at the College. "Viewers will gain a deeper appreciation of the Holocaust, as well as insight into how the movie industry has interpreted it." The Yom HaShoah commemoration will take place in Room 210 of Blaustein Humanities Center. It is free and open to the public. To view other events on campus this month, visit the Connecticut College calendar of events.

April 16, 2012