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Penn State Fayette holds Holocaust events in remembrance of 65th anniversary

10/2/2009 —
Surviving the Holocaust, a series of special events in remembrance of the 65th anniversary of the Holocaust, will be hosted by Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The public events include a screening of Schindler’s List on Oct. 6 beginning at 6 p.m. and a presentation by Holocaust survivor Sam Wienreb on Oct. 8 at noon. Both events are free and will be held in Swimmer Hall in the campus’ Williams Building.

The Oscar Award-winning film Schindler’s List was directed by Steven Spielberg and tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a German business man, who saved more than 1,000 Polish Jewish refugees by employing them at his factories. The film won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Wienreb is the only member of his family to live through the Holocaust. He survived for eleven months in the German camp Auschwitz, where he endured torture and witnessed atrocities committed in the name of war. Wienreb will share his experiences as a prisoner and survivor of the Holocaust.

Student Activities Director Chad Long says, “We decided to host these events about the Holocaust because this year marks the 65th anniversary. We think it is important for students—and the public—to learn about and learn from to this tragic event in world history.”
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