Nearly 70 years have passed since the Holocaust.
The students of HIST 4370/5312, The History of the Holocaust, will be joining others in the United States in preparing a Holocaust Remembrance event.
Dr. Brenda Melendy is leading the students in a walkthrough exhibit that will take place in ballroom 221 B at the Student Union Building.
“It’s a national event and communities around the country put on an event, and it’s important for our community to participate in it,” said Dr. Melendy. “There have been others in previous years. Sometimes some of the high schools do some in the area. We did one here at the university 2 or 3 years ago and I think that was the first one that has been here.”
Open from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. the event will touch on all parts of the Holocaust, from the Nuremberg Laws to Liberation and honoring all the victims, Jewish and Non-Jewish alike.
“The event is going to focus almost exclusively on the Holocaust, and the broad number of the different types of people that were included in the Holocaust including the non-Jewish people. The theme this year is ‘Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs’,” said Dr. Melendy. “So we are going to lay out the chronology of what led to the Holocaust and then follow
with what happened at the camps.”
Earlier this semester the students from HIST 4370/5312 visited the Holocaust Museum Houston and had an intimate experience learning about this bleak moment in world history.
“The trip to the museum was an eye-opening experience that hit everyone hard, and our goal for the exhibit is to recreate that experience for TAMUK students,” said Dan Torres, history major.
The students plan on making the event an experience rather than a history lesson.
“We want to address the issue of memorial and remembering. Holocaust remembrance is about remembering,” said Dr. Melendy “So we also want to replicate a remembrance ritual that involves placing a stone.”
It is Jewish custom to place stones on a grave to remember instead of flowers. Since so many Holocaust victims were not given a proper burial, it is out of respect that the students chose to bring that ritual to the event.
Everyone is encouraged to visit the event. The content of the event will be mature, and discretion is advised.